With less than ONE week to go until 2020’s virtual Specsavers Scottish Music Awards brings some of the country’s biggest stars together to raise urgent funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity, the countdown is on for the biggest night in Scotland’s music calendar.

The event will go virtual for the first time ever, hosted live from Glasgow’s SWG3 by longtime supporter of the charity, Edith Bowman from 7pm on Saturday 28th November. Music fans can expect a night of celebrating some of Scotland’s biggest names with exclusive never-before-seen performances and footage, while raising vital funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy, all from the comfort of their very own homes.

This year’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will also feature a very special intimate performance from Lewis Capaldi showcasing some of his biggest hits.

Filmed at home, the acoustic set is sure to be a highlight of the night. The virtual ceremony will also broadcast exclusive footage from Biffy Clyro’s 2020 Barrowlands Ballroom show, plus brand new performances filmed for the broadcast, from Amy Macdonald, Dougie MacLean, Gun, Graeme Park’s Hacienda Classical Orchestra, HYYTS, kitti, Luke La Volpe, Stephanie Cheape, Texas, Wet Wet Wet. Hosting the ultimate Saturday night afterparty for this year’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will be legendary Scottish DJ George Bowie.

Tune in for a celebration of Scottish music from 7pm on Saturday 28th November via www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/smas2020 or Nordoff Robbins Facebook and YouTube.

The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have also revealed Go Radio as their official radio partner for 2020. Tune into Go Radio for exclusive interviews and build up to the ceremony.

The country’s biggest musical stars will join forces to raise funds for the UK’s largest music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins. Like many other charities, Nordoff Robbins have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Most of the charity’s fundraising events and activities have had to be cancelled or postponed this year – meaning they are currently expected to lose around 75% of fundraising income in 2020, contributing to an anticipated shortfall in revenue of £6million – all whilst still trying to provide music therapy to those who need it the most. In 2019, the charity reached nearly 12,000 people with music therapy, including children affected by learning difficulties learning to communicate, people living with dementia using music to reconnect with loved ones, or people affected by life limiting illness and more.

Susanne Akil, Chair of Specsavers in Scotland, said: “The life-changing work of Nordoff Robbins is a true inspiration to the people of Scotland.
“With it being such a challenging year for everybody, charities, such as Nordoff Robbins, are relying on sponsorships and donations more than ever, so we were delighted to continue our support for this year’s Scottish Music Awards 2020. We have enjoyed working with the event organisers and the charity to ensure that the 2020 awards are the most successful yet and wish all the artists the very best of luck on the night.”

This year’s nominees and performers include:

  • Ambassadors of Rock Award sponsored by Hard Rock Cafe – Gun
  • Best Album Award sponsored by Guitar Guitar – Biffy Clyro
  • Best Breakthrough Award sponsored by Notion Magazine – Luke La Volpe (Male) and kitti (Female)
  • Best Pop Act Award sponsored by Bose – HYYTS
  • Best UK Award sponsored by SSE – Lewis Capaldi
  • Icons Award sponsored by Raymond Weil – Texas
  • Innovation Award sponsored by SSE – Graeme Park – Hacienda Classics
  • Nordoff Robbins Legend Award sponsored by Coors Light – George Bowie
  • Outstanding Contribution Award sponsored by Specsavers – Wet Wet Wet
  • Special Recognition Award sponsored by Sir Reo Stakis Foundation – Dougie MacLean
  • Women in Music Award sponsored by Rox – Amy Macdonald

Hosting for the second year in a row, Edith Bowman said, “I am honoured to host the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards again this year. The past couple of months have been a challenging time for everyone but it’s more important than ever for us to pull together to support and celebrate the outstanding achievements of Scottish artists. The work that Nordoff Robbins provides across the country is so vital for so many and I can’t wait to host this special evening to raise much needed funds for a charity close to my heart.”

Donald C MacLeod MBE, Chairman of the NR Fundraising Committee Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to announce the return of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, especially during a time when it feels like we need to celebrate and support the Scottish music scene more than ever. For the past 21 years, the awards have raised vital funds for Nordoff Robbins and celebrated some of the biggest and best stars from Annie Lennox and Susan Boyle to breakthrough artists like Lewis Capaldi and Tom Walker.

Like many other charities, Nordoff Robbins have been severely impacted by COVID-19, having to postpone most of our fundraising events will mean an expected loss of 75% of our fundraising income, hugely impacting those we work with. Despite everything going on, all of us at Nordoff Robbins are working hard to support and help with social isolation through online music therapy delivery and online events such as these. Music has been a lifeline for so many of us during these unprecedented times and we hope you will all join us for an incredible night of performances at the first ever virtual Specsavers Scottish Music Awards!”

Honouring artists who have made outstanding contributions to the music scene over the past twenty years, as well as breakthrough artists starting out in their careers during these turbulent times for the Scottish music industry, the return of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards will be a night of much-needed celebration and togetherness. Over the past 22 years, stars such as Simple Minds, Snow Patrol, Susan Boyle, Tom Walker and more have come together to support Nordoff Robbins with performances at Glasgow’s SEC and Old Fruitmarket. 2019’s event raised an outstanding £70,000 to ensure the charity was able to provide vital services across Scotland.

Funds raised on the night are a vital part of the charity’s ability to provide music therapists and sessions to those who need it most, marking 22 years of the awards as the main fundraising event for Nordoff Robbins in Scotland.

For further information on Nordoff Robbins visit www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk.

By Events Reporter

Staff reporter writes about events coming up in Renfrewshire.