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 will be announced soon. The judges in 2018 were:

Best Newcomer -  Nicola Meighan - BBC Radio Scotland, Nadine Walker - Tenement TV, Craig Gornall - Alive & Amplified

Best Acoustic Gill Maxwell - Scottish Music Centre, Alistair Braidwood - Scots Whae Hae!, Keith Ingram - Assai UK

Best Live Act - Tallah Brash - The Skinny, Joe Ratray - Synergy Concerts. Holly Calder - Freakender

Best Rock/Alternative - Mike Jonns - This Feeling, Ross Calder - AGP Aberdeenl, Kayleigh McLaughlan - Resonate

Best Electronic  - Sarra Wild - 0141. Sofay - Artist, Claire Francis - The Skinny

Best Hip Hop - Hannah Westwater - Music Journalist, Alana Hepburn - Music Promoter, Jonathan Rimmer - Scotland Stand Up

Best Metal - Ross Munro - Pit Troll, Jonathan Almond - Triple G, Harris Douglas - HD Events

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.