Scotland launches Mercury Prize rival

By | Published on Wednesday 4 April 2012

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The Scottish Music Industry Association, in partnership with Creative Scotland, has launched its own equivalent to the Mercury Prize and will next week unveil a longlist of 20 outstanding Scottish albums released in 2011.

Like the Mercury, the winner of the Scottish Album Of The Year Award will receive £20,000, while nine runners-up will take home a grand each too. There will also be no entry fee for the award, opening up the floodgates to any old shite. No, I mean it’ll allow artists of any size to enter, regardless of their budget. Even really bad ones.

Creative Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop told CMU: “The launch of the Scottish Album Of The Year award is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate Scottish music and musicians. In the ‘Year Of Creative Scotland’ this new award further cements our international reputation as a hugely talented and creative nation”.

Stewart Henderson of SMIA added: “This award has the potential to be about so much more than just one winning album: it’s about fostering a greater sense of solidarity within Scotland’s music industry; it’s about the album’s enduring relevance as an art form and it’s about reinforcing the importance of retail and the invaluable role Scotland’s music fans play in sustaining the creativity of our artists”.

For more information, and to see the full list of judges, go to