|Forced to move online in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event marked an extra special night as the country’s music scene united once more to celebrate. Nordoff Robbins’ fundraising was decimated for 2020, resulting in their forecast for 2021 only reaching 40% of their pre-covid income, however despite this huge reduction in income, their services are needed now more than ever. In addition to the incredible amount raised from the Spescsavers Scottish Music Awards this weekend, headline sponsors Specsavers are donating a further £15,000 to Nordoff Robbins this year, to help four key projects in Scotland, including Blythswood House, Calaiswood After School Club, Sight Scotland and St Andrew’s Hospice. These invaluable donations help Nordoff Robbins meet the need as and where they can – whether online or face-to-face.
Sandra Schembri, CEO Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy charity said, “We are so grateful for the continuing support shown through the Scottish music industry and to everyone who makes the Specsavers Scottish Music awards happen each year.
“The past 18 months have been tough for everyone, but even more so for our clients. The incredible amount raised this evening will allow us to continue to support some of the most vulnerable and isolated members in our communities through our music therapy.
“At Nordoff Robbins we see music as a superpower to heal and connect, and it is through events like these that make it possible for us to continue our valuable work across Scotland.
“On behalf of Nordoff Robbins, I would like to share our thanks to Donald McLeod MBE for everything, Edith Bowman for hosting the evening and being the amazing ambassador for our work she is and to our incredible sponsors and artists whose valued support made this night possible.”
Susanne Akil, Specsavers’ Scottish chair said, “While the Scottish Music Awards is a fantastic celebration of Scottish music, it’s important to remember that it also supports a charity that offers a vital service to so many.
“Our stores across Scotland, plus our audiology and Home Visits services, joined together to donate £15,000 collectively and we’re delighted that this will cover the costs of more than 600 music therapy sessions for four projects Nordoff Robbins supports across Scotland.”
A night of glitz and glam, the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards was hosted by Edith Bowman in one of the city’s most iconic music venues, The Barrowland Ballroom, for the first time ever. The venue has played host to some of the greatests artists in the world and was filled with the most outstanding talent Scotland has to offer on Saturday night, with incredible performances from breakthrough artists Brooke Combe and Bow Anderson, a huge crowd singalong to The Fratellis’ renditions of ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ and ‘Chelsea Dagger’, and postman turned singer Nathan Evans performing his viral hit ‘Wellerman – Sea Shanty’. Amy Macdonald opened proceedings with classic hit ‘This Is The Life’ while hometown heroes Wet Wet Wet closed the show in outstanding fashion, treating the Specsavers Scottish Music Awards crowd to non-stop fan favourites including ‘Goodnight Girl’ and ‘Love Is All Around’.