Absolutely gutted to have to send this press release but it has become painfully apparent that the 2013 Scottish New Music Awards will NOT be happening.
We have arrived at the situation where all acts have been confirmed and the venue booked, but there is the simple fact that we have not been able to raise the money needed to effectively pull off the show.
Each year the SNMA has cost approximately £10,000, of which ALL monies from 2010 to 2012 have been paid for by myself personally and a decision had to be made with regards to the 2013 show.
I am devastated that “my baby” will not be continuing, especially considering the support we have received over the past 12 months.
Over 1500 companies have been contacted as well as an online funding solution and we have managed to raise £20, which, although a laughable amount, will be being returned to those who donated.
Many will be glad to see us go, but many more will be saddened by this news.
In hindsight, there are many things I would have done differently, and I know I stepped on a few toes, but at the end of the day, I was proud of what I, and all those involved managed to accomplish with The Scottish New Music Awards.
The intention of the SNMA was always to try and bring the music community in Scotland together, and unfortunately, many people told me I would fail, and it looks like I have.
I said a lot of things that I shouldn’t have, but in hindsight, I think they needed to be said, especially when some of the comments became personal attacks, however, I hope that this will all be water under the bridge now that the SNMA has ceased.
I am sorry to have let down all of the artists who have sent in their CDs over the past 12 months, and I truly wish that they can find success through other avenues.
I am sorry to have to let down the performers who have all been extremely supportive and Barry Douglas from the Classic Grand who has been invaluable to the SNMA.