Music Graduate Named Best Acoustic at the SAMAs

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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) music graduate Linzi Clark has been named amongst seven of the most talented acts in Scotland at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMAs) prize-giving ceremony at Glasgow’s Saint Luke’s.

Linzi, who studied Commercial Music before completing her Masters in Music (Songwriting) in 2019 at UWS, was the winner of Best Acoustic at the SAMAs.  The Paisley musician is the creative mind behind ‘All I Have Now’, a debut album that glistens with beautiful, affecting story songs about identity, relationships and navigating life as a woman.

Find out more about Linzi and hear her music on her website at

Founded over a decade ago by UWS graduate Richy Muirhead, the Scottish Alternative Music Awards have grown in prominence over the years, with past winners including The Snuts, Gerry Cinnamon and Lewis Capaldi.

After an industry nomination process, the seven winners were decided by an online public ballot that generated over 12 500 votes. The seven winners beat nominees of exceptional diversity and creativity from across Scotland.

Now in its 13th year, the awards ceremony marks a celebratory culmination of what’s now a year-long operation presenting other activities including the Paisley Takeover, Pitch – Scotland’s conference of hip hop and underground culture, and hosting showcases at Liverpool Sound City, FOCUS Wales, New Skool Rules NL, and Future Echoes SE.

Find out more about the BA (Hons) Commercial Music programme at UWS.

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