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SAMAs return for 4th year and announce #DiscoverNewMusic

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) are set to return for it’s fourth year, with this unique and interactive music award experience focusing on 42 regional nominees in 7 unique music categories.

This month saw the launch of #DiscoverNewMusic and announcement of the 2013 main sponsor as ‘Gorbals Sound Recording Studio‘. Paul Quinn, studio manager commented “Gorbals Sound are very proud and excited to be associated with the SAMA’s, we both follow the same ethos and aim for the same goals, we feel it’s a winning combination.”

10 December marked the launch of #DiscoverNewMusic – Where each week 5 new Scottish acts will be showcased on

#DiscoverNewMusic allows for new music fans, radio djs, promoters, festival bookers and anyone to find new music in an easy and fast way. The campaign will be supported from a national poster and flyer campaign, and is set to encourage people to find and share new Scottish music of different genres.

The SAMAs can only represent 42 unique artists each year in nominations, we feel this is a positive way to represent Scottish acts, and help push them to the next level

Music award categories for 2013 are:

Best Rock/Alternative in association with EmuBands

Best Electronic in association with Red Dog Music

Best Live Act in association with Bar Bloc

Best Acoustic in association with Kilmarnock’s Dirty Weekender

Best Newcomer in association with Academy Of Music & Sound

Best Metal in association with Cathouse Glasgow

Best Hip Hop in association with Splitter Scotland

The SAMAs 2013 will be held in Glasgow’s The Garage on 8 March

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland was born 12 years ago when dial up broadband was still around and desktop pc’s ruled. So we did what had been done since 220 AD in China and every month put ink on a printing plate, ran some paper over it and hey presto MNS was published (okay it was a wee bit more involved than that, but the basic principle was the same!) Move on to 2011 with high speed broadband and access to the www everywhere and the future was catching up with us rapidly. The volume of information flowing into MNS HQ was more than our monthly issue could cope with, and more and more Scottish music stories of great value were being spiked (an old press term not a dodgy drink). Reaching our vast number of readers in every conceivable nook and cranny of Scotland has always been a challenge monthly but to do that more often was physically not feasible. So we have doffed oor tam o’ shanter to the future and MNS is now a weekly digital publication, and not only weekly now but twice the number of pages than our old printed friend! Along with our weekly GIGguide and FESTIVALS! supplement we are now producing 72 pages of Scottish music news (and only music news) each and EVERY week:) We remain as true as ever to our launch roots of 8 years ago though - MUSIC NEWS Scotland supports all Scottish bands and performers no matter what style of music you’re involved in. Our aim is to circulate music industry news and to help to raise the profile of musicians and improve communications between genres. To help achieve this copies of MUSIC NEWS Scotland are emailed to key industry contacts throughout the UK. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years and please raise a glass to our digital future with you all. Thanks for your support, The MNS team!
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