Scottish Music Awards raise an incredible £70,000

The best of Scotland’s music industry came together on St. Andrews Day to celebrate another incredible year in the country’s music scene whilst raising incredible amounts for Nordoff Robbins.

Thank you to everyone who made 2019 such a huge success

Our thanks to everyone who came together this weekend to celebrate the best of Scotland’s music industry and to raise incredible amounts of money to help us enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses, disabilities and feelings of isolation.

With performances from the epic Simple Minds, Twin Atlantic, Tom Walker and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Be Charlotte, Tide Lines, Fat Cops and more, 2019’s Specsavers Scottish Music Awards was quite simply one for the history books.

The Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have been the main fundraising event for Nordoff Robbins in Scotland for over 20 years. Funds raised on the night are a vital part of our ability to provide music therapy to vulnerable and isolated people with a range of challenges, and tonight’s attendees heard just how important the work Nordoff Robbins is to recipients and their families.

2019 Award Winners

Jake Duncan picked up the Music Business Award Sponsored by the Sunday Mail, while this year’s SAY Award winner Auntie Flo collected Sub Club’s Electronic Music Award.

It came as no surprise that one of the biggest rising stars in Scotland today, Joesef, collected the Breakthrough Artist Award Sponsored by Coors Light. The Cuban Brothers picked up Best International Award Sponsored by ROX – Diamonds & Thrills while their comedy act Bridge & Allan also made a hilarious appearance at the ceremony.

Celtic folk band Tide Lines brought a rousing performance to the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, after picking up the Rising Sound of Scotland Award Sponsored by Gael Signature Scottish Gin. Twin Atlantic also collected the Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow Best Band Award.

Debbie McWilliams picked up the Women in Music Sponsored by Kimpton Blysthwood while Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band collected the Living Legend Award Sponsored by Sir Reo Stakis Foundation on behalf of the band.

Rounding off 2019 perfectly, Lewis Capaldi won the Song Writing Award Sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The Best UK Artist Award Sponsored by Raymond Weil went to the one and only Liam Gallagher.

One of Scotland’s biggest exports to the international music scene, Simple Minds were overjoyed to collect the coveted Specsavers Outstanding Contribution to Music Award.

New for 2019, the awards were hosted by none other than Edith Bowman.

This 21st Year was a milestone for the awards

Donald MacLeod, Chairman of the Fundraising Committee: “We’re delighted that yet another fantastic milestone has been reached in the journey of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, which have grown in importance and stature over the past 21 years. We feel very proud that our annual night of music and cultural celebration also raises vital funds for Nordoff Robbins whilst celebrating the living legends and rising stars of the Scottish music scene…Thank you once again to all of our outstanding partners and friends who come together to celebrate the biggest night in the Scottish music industry.”

Jill McArthur, Chair of Specsavers in Scotland, said: “Specsavers was delighted to be involved with the Scottish Music Awards 2019 – in particular the Outstanding Achievement in Music award category. “We would like to commend the organisers for the fantastic work and fundraising efforts for music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins on the night and congratulate Simple Minds on scooping the prestigious title.”