THE SCOTTISH Music Awards have raised more than £180,000 for charity following the live ceremony last week.

After a successful night of live performances at the Barrowland Ballroom on Saturday, the Scottish Music Awards have announced that a sum of more than £180,000 plus an additional £15,000 has been raised for the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity.

The awards made a return to live music on Saturday at the legendary Glasgow venue following last year’s virtual award show which raised £89,000 meaning that the sum raised this year has more than doubled.

Nordoff Robbins are the largest UK music therapy charity and they use music to enrich the lives of people with life-limiting illness, disabilities or feelings of isolation.

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CEO, Sandra Schembri said that music is a ‘superpower’ which has helped raise an incredible amount after a difficult 18 months during the pandemic.

She said: ““We are so grateful for the continuing support shown through the Scottish music industry and to everyone who makes the Specsavers Scottish Music awards happen each year.

“The past 18 months have been tough for everyone, but even more so for our clients. The incredible amount raised this evening will allow us to continue to support some of the most vulnerable and isolated members in our communities through our music therapy.

“At Nordoff Robbins we see music as a superpower to heal and connect, and it is through events like these that make it possible for us to continue our valuable work across Scotland.”

On top of the sum of £180,000, sponsors of the event Specsavers also added a further £15,000 to Nordoff Robbins this year bringing the amount to more than £195,000.

The additional donation will be used to help four key projects in Scotland, including Blythswood House, Calaiswood After School Club, Sight Scotland and St Andrew’s Hospice. 

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Susanne Akil, Specsavers’ Scottish chair said, “While the Scottish Music Awards is a fantastic celebration of Scottish music, it’s important to remember that it also supports a charity that offers a vital service to so many.

“Our stores across Scotland, plus our audiology and Home Visits services, joined together to donate £15,000 collectively and we’re delighted that this will cover the costs of more than 600 music therapy sessions for four projects Nordoff Robbins supports across Scotland.”

Scotland’s musical A-listers walked the red carpet on Saturday for the event which raised the money, and was hosted by Edith Bowman.

Artists such as Amy MacDonald,  The Fratellis, Brooke Combe, and Bow Anderson were among the performers and award winners on the night, but there was also much more talent invlolved throughout the entire night.

HeraldScotland: The Fratellis perform during the Scottish Music AwardsThe Fratellis perform during the Scottish Music Awards

Sandra Schembri added: “On behalf of Nordoff Robbins, I would like to share our thanks to Donald McLeod MBE for everything, Edith Bowman for hosting the evening and being the amazing ambassador for our work she is and to our incredible sponsors and artists whose valued support made this night possible.”

The award winners were:

  • Specsavers Outstanding Achievement in Music Award - Amy Macdonald
  • Ticketmaster Best Live Award - Biffy Clyro
  • Sir Reo Stakis Legends Award – The Bluebells
  • Pizza Express Best Pop Act – Bow Anderson
  • Best Female Breakthrough sponsored by Tennent’s Light– Brooke Combe
  • King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Songwriting Award – The Fratellis
  • Music Industry Award sponsored by Go Radio - Gordon Duncan
  • OVO Energy Eco Award - KT Tunstall
  • Best Male Breakthrough sponsored by Dirt Comms and KHOLE – Nathan Evans
  • Women in Music Award sponsored by ROX – Diamonds & Thrills – Nina Nesbitt
  • Best Event Award sponsored by Royal Highland Centre - cinch presents TRNSMT Festival
  • Best UK Award sponsored by SWG3 - Sam Fender
  • guitarguitar Best Album – The Snuts
  • Raymond Weil Icon Award - Wet Wet Wet