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Oram Awards to recognise female innovators in sound

By | Published on Thursday 11 May 2017

Oram Awards

The PRS Foundation and The New BBC Radiophonic Workshop have announced The Oram Awards, to recognise talented female music creators innovating in music, sound and related technologies.

Named after one of the founding members of the original BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram, the ceremony will take place at Margate’s Turner Contemporary art gallery on 3 Jun.

Matthew Herbert, Creative Director of The New Radiophonic Workshop, says: “One of the best aspects of the original workshop was the opportunity it gave to women in a field traditionally dominated by men. In 2017, it’s frankly embarrassing to say that it’s still a battle that needs to be fought. These awards and this initiative is hopefully one way for us to find the next generation of innovators out there and give them not only support but also an outlet for their work and ideas”.

PRS Foundation chief exec Vanessa Reed adds: “The Oram Awards are a fantastic way to put a spotlight on the next generation of talented female music and sound innovators in the UK today whilst also recognising the important legacy of Daphne Oram. I’m very much looking forward to discovering the work of the shortlisted music creators and the impact our talent development bursaries will have on their careers”.

Two winners will receive £1000 development bursaries from the PRS Foundation, while a further six will receive £500 each.