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Registration open for the Oram Awards 2022

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By Andy Malt | Posted on Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Oram Awards will return in November this year to recognize female, trans and non-binary innovators in sound, music and related technologies. Registrations are open now.

In partnership with the PRS Foundation and the Radiophonic Foundation, the awards are named after Daphne Oram, one of the founding members of the first BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Initially focused on celebrating women in music, the event has recently opened up to trans and non-binary artists, with the aim of improving representation in the electronic music community.

Two winners receive special mentions and development grants of £1,500 from the PRS Foundation, while four others receive grants of £500. All six also have access to the Oram Awards mentorship program.

Last year’s winners were Magz Hall, Vivienne Griffin, Lia Mice, Lou Barnell, Maria Sappho and Venus Ex Machina, and were announced at an online event in partnership with Birmingham-based experimental festival Supersonic. This year, the awards will once again become an in-person event, taking place at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Last year was “a huge success” for the awards, says senior producer Karen Sutton, who notes how “six other outstanding women and non-binary artists” were added to “the growing community of winners.”

“Our partnership with Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, for the 2021 online awards event and podcast has been brilliant,” she continues. “It was such a breath of fresh air to work with such an organized and engaged team who truly understand the goals and ambitions of the Oram Awards and the artists we support. 2022 is shaping up to be another busy year and [we are] delighted to bring The Orams to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in November 2022”.

To be eligible, entrants must be over the age of eighteen; female, trans or non-binary; create high-quality original music and sound; innovate in sound, music and related technologies; and demonstrated that they “deserve increased recognition”.

If this sounds like you or someone you know, applications are now open until August 15th. Learn more and apply here.

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