Public voting opens for selection of Scottish album of the year

The Scottish Album of the Year award has opened its public vote for 2022. The longlisted album with the most votes will move on to the shortlist and also take home £1,000 in prize money. The remaining nine shortlisted albums will be selected by this year’s SAY Award jury, who will then together review the shortlist and determine the 2022 SAY Award winner. Public voting is open for 72 hours and closes at midnight on Wednesday 5 october.

The SAY Award shortlist will be announced on Thursday, October 6. Five finalists for the Sound of Young Scotland Award and the winner of the Modern Scottish Classic Award – a Scottish album with lasting influence chosen by the shortlisted artists – will also be revealed.
The SAY Prize does not require an entry fee from artists and considers works of at least 6 tracks and/or 30 minutes as eligible albums to reduce barriers to entry. One of the UK’s most lucrative prize funds, the winner of the SAY Prize – announced at the final ceremony on Thursday October 20 at the Albert Halls in Stirling – will take home £20,000, while the nine runners-up will receive £1,000 £ each. with bespoke art prizes created through The SAY Design Commission.

The SAY Prize is developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), with accessibility, inclusivity and diversity at the heart of their flagship project. Other partners for 2022 include Creative Scotland, Stirling Council, Stirling Alive With Scotland, YouTube Music, Go Forth, Ticketmaster, Spotify, PPL, Youth Music Initiative, Youth Music, Brewgooder, Stirling Distillery and Music Declares Emergency.

Robert Kilpatrick, Creative Director of the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) and the SAY Award, said: “The public vote for the SAY Award is an opportunity for music fans to have a say in determining from the restricted list. Of the 20 outstanding Scottish albums that made up this year’s long list, the public’s choice will automatically be guaranteed a place in the shortlist of 10 with a minimum prize of £1,000.

“Each year, the awards are important for artists, but in the face of the current financial crisis, this support will make an instrumental difference. Now is the time to get behind your favorite record, and we look forward to revealing and then defending 10 of the best Scottish albums of the last year ahead of the SAY 2022 Awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October.

In alphabetical order, the SAY Award longlist for 2022 is:

AiiTee – Better days

Andrew Wasylyk – Balgay hill: morning with magnolia

Annie Booth- Lazy

Bemz– M4

C. Duncan – Alluvium

Callum Easter –

Constant follower – Neither is nor ever was

Declan Welsh and the Decadent West – It’s been a year

Duncan Lyall– Milestone

Fergus McCreadie– forest floor

Hamish Falcon – heavy lift

Hen Hoose – Equalizer

Catherine Joseph- For you who are wronged

Kobi Onyam – Don’t drink the poison

The ninth wave – Heavy as a headache

Niteworks – A’Ghrian

Proc Fiskal – Siren Spine Sysex

Rebecca Vasmant – With love, from Glasgow

Seonaid Aitken Together – Chasing Sakura

Walt Disco- Unlearn