THE UHI LIAM COLGAN MUSIC STUDENT AWARDS
Two annual music awards were originally established in 2019 by the family of Liam Colgan, a graduate of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
In 2020 after we set up the Fund, we assumed responsibility for continuing the funding of these two annual awards of £500 each for music students at the UHI:
The Liam Colgan Songwriting Award
Gives aspiring songwriters the opportunity to study the art and craft of song writing with a master songwriter of their choice.
2020: Aiesha Hunter
2019: Lora MacLeod
The Liam Colgan Music Production Award
Provides opportunities to study the art and science of music production through tuition or studio time with a renowned producer of their choice.
2020: Jack Birnie
2019: Liam Cole
“…… music is important, even more so in these stressful times. Music is a unique form of communication between people, which can overcome language differences and reduce grown men to tears – I should know! It is a rare intangible message which gives joy and happiness to both the artist or performer and the listener or audience. So, congratulations to you both and never underestimate the value of your music – even more importantly, never let others undervalue it.”
Extract from Presentation speech by Brian Colgan to the winners of the 2020 awards