Our annual awards are back but not as you know them!
Since 2014 our CHORUS awards for Choirs have gone from strength to strength with nominations from almost every region of Scotland and winners that encompass a huge range of styles in their singing. In fact, it’s been so successful we’re now taking the step of opening it up to ANY kind of community based music group as well as the organisations and individuals who work hard to make it all happen.
Today we launch the first CHORUS COMMUNITY MUSIC AWARDS. The aim of the project is to celebrate all that goes on in community music around Scotland and bring more public and media attention to the organisations, people and projects that work tirelessly to help others.
There are seven categories for nomination and individual groups can be nominated in more than one category if they meet the criteria of each.
Here they are…
1 Passing it On
Celebrate the teachers who make learning music fun and interesting!
This award is for an individual teacher or an organisation committed to passing on music skills to others and to building strong communities as they go about their work. Who are the people you know who teach individuals, bands, choirs in your community? Nominations for people who lead one-off events, workshops, regular classes and individual lessons are welcome whether they are working with written music or teaching by ear and no matter how formal or informal that teaching is.
2 Charity Champions
Fundraising and Support for Charity Award
Has your choir or band or a music project you’ve been involved with raised an outstanding amount of money for a favourite charity? Or given of their time and energy to help a charity – or several charities – over the last year? Recognise that achievement with a nomination to our Charity Champions Category. We’re not looking for groups that have raised the most money in this category, rather, we’re looking for a good story that backs up your fundraising activities with and for your charity.
3 Young People
Under 25s’ Award
Do you know any under 25s taking part in any kind of music making and loving it? This award is for groups or individuals taking part in any kind of community music making: choirs, bands, pipe bands, orchestras, recording studios.
4 Altogether Now!
We’re looking for individual teachers, bands, choirs, groups, studios and organisations who are going the extra mile to think through and break down barriers to participation in music. People who make their activities accessible for the whole community. We’re waiting for your nominations!
5 A Life’s Work
Lifetime Achievement Award
Here in Scotland we’re lucky enough to have many people who are inspirational music makers. Let’s shout about them from the rooftops! This award is for individuals, groups or organisations who have worked tirelessly over many years to make music happen in their community.
6 The Music Cure
Music and Health Award
The nominees for this award might be a ukulele group for over 60s; a care-home choir or sing-along sessions for people living with dementia. The category is aimed at individuals, groups or organisations involved in supporting the wellbeing of their community through music.
7 The Big Milestone
Celebrating Anniversaries Award
Is your group 10, 20, 50 or even 100 years old this year? Perhaps your leader is retiring after 50 years of service or know a couple who met 20 years ago through making music in your choir or orchestra?
This is the award for an individual, group or organisation celebrating a significant milestone this year: the anniversary of your group, its leader or perhaps its oldest or most longstanding member. Tell us your stories!
The awards will be launched on Wednesday March 29th when the nomination period will begin. All nominations must be in by Friday 5th May. Voting on final nominations will run from Monday 5th June to Friday 16th June with winners announced on Thursday 22nd June at our live stream event (more information on this to follow)
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