The Fratellis, Nathan Evans and Nina Nesbitt will perform at Glasgow’s Barrowlands later this year as the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards returns for 2021.
The event, which will be hosted by Edith Bowman, is a primary fundraiser for the Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity and sees the ceremony return as a physical event having had to adapt to a virtual stream last year.
The 2021 event will be the first time that the ceremony will take place at the iconic Barrowlands Ballroom.
Bowman said: “I’m really excited to be back hosting the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards as an actual real life event this year. It will be an incredible feeling for all of us to be back together again, after what has been a really long and difficult year for charities like Nordoff Robbins.
“It’s more important than ever for us to support the vital work Nordoff Robbins does across the country by providing music therapy to people who need it the most, and the event will raise much-needed funds for their work.
“The Scottish music scene is special for so many reasons, particularly its ability to come together and support each other in times of need, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen over the past year. I’ll see you there!”
The awards were forced to move online during the Covid-19 pandemic, but still managed to raise an incredible £89,000.
The money raised proved vital, as the pandemic decimated funding for Nordoff Robbins’ work with those living with disabilities and life-limiting conditions.
The charity’s forecast for 2021 is only 40% of their pre-Covid income.
Despite this huge reduction in income, their services are needed now more than ever. They will continue to meet the need as and where they can – whether online or face-to-face.
Donald MacLeod, Chairman of the Nordoff Robbins Events and Fundraising Committee Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to announce the return of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, and we’re even more excited for the event to return to a physical award show in Scotland’s iconic and legendary live music venue, Barrowland Ballroom this November! The venue is renowned around the world and is an integral part of Scotland’s music community, so it will certainly be a night to remember.
“For over two decades the awards have raised vital funds for Nordoff Robbins music therapy and celebrated some of the biggest and best stars from Annie Lennox, Susan Boyle and Simple Minds to rising artists like Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker and Joesef. Like many other charities, last year was an extremely challenging time for Nordoff Robbins and we lost a huge amount of our fundraising income.
“However, last year’s digital event was a resounding success, raising an incredible £89,000 that helped the charity to provide vital services across Scotland. This year we’re determined to come back bigger and better than before, and are raring to go as the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards makes a welcomed return to Glasgow for an unmissable evening celebrating some of Scotland’s biggest names!”
This year’s event will honour some of Scotland’s biggest icons, as well as shining a light on the country’s most exciting rising stars.
With The Fratellis, Nathan Evans, Nina Nesbitt and more set to take to the iconic stage, 2021’s awards will be a resounding celebration of the country’s vibrant music scene.
Each of the three acts has been nominated for an award at the event.
Nesbitt said: “I’m so honoured to be nominated for the Women in Music Award at the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards this year. It’s so nice to be recognised in my home country and I can’t wait to perform at the show! I’ve seen first-hand the incredible work Nordoff Robbins music therapists do for people who find it difficult to communicate in other ways, and I hope the event will raise lots of money to support them for another year.”
The Fratellis said: “We are delighted to be part of the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards again and can’t wait to perform. Nordoff Robbins is a charity we have supported for over a decade now and their amazing work continues to inspire us.”
Evans said: “I still can’t believe that I have been asked to attend the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards, never mind being nominated for one! Coming from where I was in January to where I am now is just incredible and to say that now I’m going to be performing and attending the Awards…it’s an incredible feeling and an absolute honour. I’m looking forward to November, it can’t come quick enough! Dreams really do come true!”
For the past 22 years, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards have honoured some of the country’s biggest international stars from Annie Lennox to Susan Boyle, Biffy Clyro to Snow Patrol, all whilst celebrating Scotland’s best up and coming talent including breakthrough awards for the likes of Be Charlotte, Tom Walker and Lewis Capaldi, with the all-important mission to raise funds for the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity.
Funds raised on the night via online donations, live auctions and ticket sales are a vital part of the charity’s ability to provide music therapists and sessions to those who need it most, marking 23 years of the awards as the main fundraising event for Nordoff Robbins.
2020’s winners and performers included Texas, Amy Macdonald, Wet Wet Wet, Dougie MacLean and many more, raising £89,000 to ensure the charity is able to provide vital services across Scotland.
Tickets are available to purchase via Simon Foy at email@example.com
For further information on Nordoff Robbins visit www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk
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