The Big Apple Award 2013 – Play New York!

Closing date for entries 3 December 2012!

click to go to awards website for more informationRenowned music therapy charity Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland and Creative Scotland have teamed up once again to launch the once in a lifetime opportunity for new and emerging Scottish bands to win The Big Apple Award. The winning act will perform in New York City supporting The View at the renowned Bowery Ballroom on Sunday 7 April, during Scotland Week 2013.

The View have had a blistering 2012 so far returning to form with their critically acclaimed fourth album ‘Cheeky For A Reason’, which stormed in to the top ten charts. The band have toured extensively across Europe throughout the summer and will finish the year with an impressive winter tour across the UK, which sees them headline two nights at the Glasgow Barrowland. For more information on The View visit

Bands that enter will be short-listed by a panel of music industry experts, the top five acts that are selected will play the grand live final at The Garage, Glasgow this December 19. The Garage has played host to bands including Prince, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream, Moby, Graham Coxon and Pulp among others.

Judging this years entries will be Yvonne McLellan from Island Records, Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development, Creative Scotland, BBC Introducing presenter Ally Macrae, Robin Murray from Clash Magazine and Mickey Mcmonagle from the Sunday Mail.

Bowery Ballroom

The winning band will then have a few months to get every note right before being flown out to support The View at New York’s Bowery Ballroom in April 2013.

Donald MacLeod, Chairman of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland and owner of renowned live music venues The Garage and The Cathouse revealed, “We are delighted to be working alongside Creative Scotland to provide this fantastic opportunity for an up and coming Scottish band to play with The View in New York City. The calibre of last year’s entries proved that there is a wealth of talent out there and Song of Return were very worthy winners. I am looking forward to finding another excellent band that will go on to support one of Scotland’s great musical success stories in the greatest city in the world.”

Caroline Parkinson, Director of Creative Development for Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland on the Big Apple Award. The award is an important showcase of our musical talent both at home and an exciting opportunity for one of Scotland’s emerging bands to perform a gig in New York! Scotland has a wealth of musical talent so I’m sure there will be no shortage of talented bands keen to apply.”

The competition is open to Scottish based bands only – details at Artists should send a CD demo with no more than two songs, a recent photograph (s), Press releases or press cuttings and completed artist questionnaire to: Big Apple Award, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, 48 West George Street, Glasgow. G2 1BP

Closing date for entries 3 December 2012.

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