The Oram Awards 2020 – Vote now!

Calling all women, girls and gender minority artists who create innovative music, or who are involved in sound and related technologies! The Oram Awards are accepting applications & nominations for their 2020 ceremony. Information about the awards, the prizes (inc. development bursaries from PRS Foundation) and how to apply or nominate another artist are below. You have until Friday 14th August to get your submissions in. Good luck!

Info & Background on The Oram Awards

For the first time, applications for the 4th annual Oram Awards for innovation in sound, music and related technologies are now open to the general public. Six winners will receive development bursaries from PRS Foundation. Any music creator who meets the criteria, or their representative, can now apply.

Named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, the awards aim to build on her legacy. Along with other women of the workshop, including Delia Derbyshire, Glynis Jones, Jenyth Worsley, Maddalena Fagandini and Elizabeth Parker, Oram played a vital role in establishing women at the forefront of innovation in newly-emerging audio technologies not only in the UK but around the world.

Whilst there are many women innovating in sound and music, their work and their voices often struggle to be heard. The Oram Awards will be open to women, girls and gender minorities in recognition of Daphne Oram’s pioneering status as an inspiring role model to other women who are currently under represented in electronic music.

Application criteria & prize information

The Oram Awards are open to women, girls and gender minorities of all ages from 11 years upwards. There is only one category: innovation in sound, music and associated technologies. This year there will be 6 winners and the ceremony will take place in November (date to be confirmed). 2 of the winners will receive special commendations and development bursaries of £1,500. 4 winners receive development bursaries of £500 from PRS Foundation.

The Oram Awards are looking for music and sound creators who:

– are based in the United Kingdom
– create high quality original new music and sound;
– innovate in sound, music and associated technologies;
– through their work have demonstrated that they are deserving of increased recognition;
– are ready for this opportunity and will use the PRS Foundation bursary for future creative and professional development.

PRS Foundation retains the right not to invite submissions from nominees who are already receiving significant funding from another PRS Foundation programme such as the PPL Momentum Fund, The Composers’ Fund or New Music Biennial.

The applications for this year’s awards are open to the public until Friday 14th August. The winners will be announced on 1st November.

Click here to apply or nominate!


Premiere: UV – ‘Wilt’

Following support from the PRS Women Make Music Foundation, award-winning artist Marina Elderton – aka UV – has announced her debut EP, along with sharing a bewitching new single.

Co-produced by Knut Jonas Sellevold, ‘Wilt’ offers an hypnotic, ethereal soundscape. As twinkling hooks and tribal beats provide the backdrop for the soaring soul of Elderton’s impassioned vocals, it builds to an anthemic, emotion-strewn slice of alt-pop, with shades of ’90s favourites Portishead. Showcasing the power this promising artist can create, it’s a truly impressive taste of what’s to come on the upcoming EP.

Listen to ‘Wilt’, for the first time, here:


Defender, the debut EP from UV, is out 19th July. And you can catch her live at the launch show at St Pancras Old Church, that evening.

Mari Lane



VIDEO PREMIERE: Kadija Kamara – ‘Running In The Name Of The Game’

Sun, sea and shimmering sequin trousers, alt-soul artist Kadija Kamara has shared her video for single ‘Running In The Name Of The Game’ and the visuals are as warm and vibrant as the track itself. Taken from her EP Nothing Left To Lose released earlier this year, Kadija’s positivity and strength shine through in her work, and this latest offering is no exception.

Following on from previous single ‘Eyes On You’, Kadija explains the ethos behind the visuals for ‘Running In The Name Of The Game’: “It reflects my reality of playing the game in life/the rat race. I would say that this song is my daily motivation. I listen to it to pick myself up and keep going. I hope others can play this when they need a boost too. It’s really about not giving up”.

To date, Kadija’s accomplishments include winning the MTV Iggy Artist Of The Week poll (voted for by readers) and being awarded funding for her Artist Development Programme by PRS. She’s collaborated with Joey Negro, Zed Bias and sang backing vocals for Zara McFarlane on Later With Jools Holland.

As well as focusing on her own solo career, Kadija curates LADY LIVE events at The Finsbury Pub alongside house promoters Lost In The Manor. The night focuses on showcasing female musical talent. She hosted her first LADY Festival at Pop Brixton in October last year too, proving she’s dedicated to pushing girls to the front when it comes to the underground and commercial music scenes.

Check out the video for ‘Running In The Name Of The Game’ below and follow Kadija on Facebook for more updates.

Listen to Kadija’s Nothing Left To Lose EP on Spotify.

Kadija Kamara Live Dates
21st July – Tramlines Festival – Sheffield
24th July – LADY vs Lost In Manor – (Residency) The Finsbury, London

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Æ MAK – ‘Glow’

Full of “tribal rhythms, soaring synths and lush vocal harmonies,” Irish art pop artist Æ Mak has shared her latest single ‘Glow’. Described as “dance music with a bite,” the track smoulders with vibrant beats and ultra cool vocals.

Æ Mak has been showcasing her distinctive style on Ireland’s live circuit over the last year, supporting Warpaint in Dublin and performing at a number of acclaimed Irish festivals such as Other Voices and Electric Picnic. 2018 looks like another promising year for her, as she’s been confirmed to play Latitude and she’s been chosen to be part of PRS Foundation’s ReBalance programme, which was introduced to help tackle gender inequality on festival lineups in the future.

Listen to ‘Glow’ below and follow Æ Mak on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington