What are the SAMA’s?

The SAMAs (Scottish Alternative Music Awards) promote, celebrate, and champion Scottish music through hosting events. The SAMAs are an annual award ceremony (OCT), and host other events including Paisley Takeover, stages at Liverpool Sound City, Sonica Glasgow 2019 & more. 

Previous SAMA winners include The Ninth Wave, Lewis Capaldi, LYLO, Megan Airlie, Gerry Cinnamon and more. 

The 7 awards are

  • Best Acoustic

  • Best Metal

  • Best Hip Hop

  • Best Live Act

  • Best Newcomer

  • Best Electronic

  • Best Rock/Alternative

How do the SAMA’s work?

Members of the music industry form the nominations, based on a music criteria written by SAMA’s. The winners are decided through a short public vote. The winners will be announced live at the award ceremony by special guests. 

Criteria per award:

  • Act must be aged 16 or over and based in Scotland.

  • The act must be formed for longer than 6 months and have music made available to the general public (whether in physical or digital form) within the last year, between August 2018-19.

  • The act must also be appropriate for the specific category they are being nominated for.

  • The act should have ambition and drive to grow in the music business.

Who are the music judges? 

The judges are switched around each year, the 2019 group are:

Best Rock/Alternative

Johnny Madden - Club Sabbath 

Nadine Walker - Tenement TV

Martin Low - Discovery Music 

Best Hip Hop

Alana Hepburn - Boomtown Festival

Donna Boyd - Homegrownisalwaysbest

Jonathan Rimmer - Hip Hop Scotland

Best Live Act

Selina McLean - PCL Presents 

Tallah Brash - The Skinny 

Ross Calder - Tunnels  

Best Electronica

Claire Francis - Mixmag 

Mark McKenzie - Promoter 

Bonzai Bonner - Artist / DJ / Promoter

Best Newcomer

Alex Sharples - 432 Presents 

Craig Gornall - Alive & Amplified 

Arusa Quareshi - The List 

Best Metal

Harris Douglas - HD Music / Promoter 

Jonathan Almond - Triple G

Pill Troll 

Best Acoustic

Alistair Braidwood - Scots Whay Hae!

Gill Maxwell - Scottish Music Centre

Julia Rodriguez Caro - EmuBands

I am an artist, how can I apply to play or submit my music for an award / consideration?

We do not accept nominations by artists / management (*See above - the nominators will decide this).

However you can submit music for the New Music Blog, or simply to say hello. Please keep the email clear and concise about who you are, where you’re from, future plans, and links to your music. You can get in touch directly by emailing officialsama@outlook.com 

What opportunities for artists are there through SAMA’s?

The SAMA’s offer a range of opportunities from live performances (SAMA Award Ceremony, Paisley Takeover Festival, Sonica Festival Showcase, Liverpool Sound City Showcase & other private events), plus nominations in the annual awards, and features on the monthly music roundup blog. 

When did the awards begin?

The awards began back in 2009, the first event took place in the Classic Grand in Glasgow with performances from Bronto Skylift, The Lafontaines, and Make Sparks. 

Who organises the SAMA’s?

The SAMA’s are ran by music manager Richy Muirhead and a team of creatives based in Glasgow. 

Can I attend the SAMA’s?

Yes the SAMA’s are accessible for everyone! Tickets are available to buy from Eventbrite by clicking here.

Internship / Volunteering opportunities

For anyone interested in this please email officialsama@outlook.com with INTERNSHIP in the header, with your CV, and some words about WHAT you would bring to the SAMA’s, and WHY you want to be involved.