NEWS: Martin Kershaw wins the Ginkhana Award for Innovation in new Jazz Music in association with Jazz from Scotland

The Scottish Awards for New Music 2018 took place on Wednesday 7th March and it was a fantastic evening celebrating contemporary music and its developments in Scotland in the year 2017-2018.

Jazz from Scotland announced earlier in the year that we were supporting the Award for Innovation in new Jazz Music, sponsored by Scottish gin company Ginkhana and presented by Jazz from Scotland Board Member Brodie Jarvie. The shortlisted nominees included Tommy Smith for The Spirit of Light and Chris Greive for Stemzells, but it was Martin Kershaw who took home the award for Playtime, which is a project centred around the performance and promotion of new jazz music.

We offer congratulations to Martin, and thanks to New Music Scotland – we were pleased to be associated with this award!

More information on Playtime, this award, and its nominees can be found here:

The full list of nominees and winners in every category can be found here:

Pictured (left to right): JfS Board Member Brodie Jarvie, Ginkhana representative Lesley Hogg, winner Martin Kershaw (with award designed by Daisy Chetwin), Ginkhana representative Kirsty Hogg.



We are delighted to announce that New Music Scotland has announced their shortlist of nominees for the 2018 Scottish Awards. The panel, comprised esteemed members of the music world and deliberated over 200 nominations across 11 categories.  As well as the overall strength and wide variety of the submissions, the panel praised the continually high standard of music making and innovative approaches taken by composers, ensembles, organisations and artists. Panellist David Pickard, Director of the BBC Proms, commented,

I was very impressed by the range of contemporary music that is happening here in Scotland.  The Awards were really hard to judge – there was such a fantastic set of entries and a huge range of music.

Jazz from Scotland is pleased to be associated with the “Award for Innovation in new Jazz Music” and the three shortlisted nominees are

Tommy Smith – The Spirit of Light

Chris Greive – Stemzells

Martin Kershaw – Playtime

We offer congratulations to all three nominees and wish them good luck.  Winners will be announced at a special New music Scotland Awards evening on Wed 7th March at 8pm in the Drygate Brewery, Glasgow, hosted by music writer and broadcaster Kate Molleson.

The full list of categories and short listed nominees can be found at New Music Scotland’s website

Anyone wishing Tickets for the Awards evening should go to the NMS website. Cost is £25 per ticket including a welcome drink and food.