Fusion Fund – Help Musicians UK

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Open Fund for Music Creators


Music Funding – The Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of outstanding songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career. The fund can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

The Open Fund for Music Creators offers grants of up to £5,000.

Funding includes support of:

  • touring
  • music creator residencies
  • promotion and marketing
  • commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
  • exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
  • recording
  • live performances featuring new UK music

‘commission’ is defined as a music creator or group engaged by a third party to create a new piece of music.

The next deadline is 6pm on 1st October. For more information please visit:





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SAY Awards 2018


The Scottish Album of The Year Award, otherwise known as the ‘SAY Award’, established in 2012, is a prestigious and exciting arts prize which has a £20,000 first prize and a further 9 runner up prizes of £1,000 each.

The Longlist of 20 was announced at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on the 1st August. The SAY Award Longlist promotion runs from Monday 6th August until Sunday 19th August –  the SAYlonglist Albums of the Day will be shared on social media using #SAYlonglist18 – check out The Say Award on Twitter @SAYaward, Facebook

A public vote will run from the 20 – 22nd August and the SAY Award shortlist will be announced on the 23rd August. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony which will take place on Thursday 6th September in Paisley Town Hall.

Visit the website sayaward to view the Longlist albums and for more information.

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BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2019 – open for entries


BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year 2019 is open to individual musicians aged between 16 and 27 years (as at Friday 6th July 2018) and must currently reside in Scotland and must have resided in Scotland for 5 or more consecutive years. Entrants under 18 years of age will need parental permission to enter.

Entrants can only enter individually and only one entry per person is permitted. Bands are not eligible.

To enter the competition, entrants must submit:

  • a 10 minute recording of themselves playing traditional Scottish music
  • a short written biography of their traditional music experience
  • a list of songs/tunes submitted and any relevant details of their source/background
  • a 1 min home video of themselves performing in domestic or concert setting.

Closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 6th July 2018.

For more information, please visit:



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Scottish Jazz Awards 2018 – voting open


Scottish Jazz Awards 2018 – voting open.

Scottish Jazz Awards – celebrating Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene. Glasgow Jazz Festival have announced the nominations for the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards. The awards bring together the best in Scottish jazz to honour some of the most talented and revered musicians in the industry.

The Birnam team are delighted to be involved with the Scottish Jazz Awards and are once again sponsoring the ‘Best Album Award’, further nomination categories include: Best Vocalist Award, Best Instrumentalist Award, Rising Star Award, Best Band/Ensemble Award. A Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented at the awards ceremony. Previous winners have included Carol Kidd, Bobby Wellins, Tam White, Ronnie Rae and Jim Mullen.

The awards ceremony, in association with Hands Up For Trad, will take place at St Luke’s in Glasgow on Sunday 3 June.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling 08444 539027

To vote in the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards, visit . Voting closes at 5pm, Thursday 24th May.

The full list of nominations are as follows:

Best Vocalist Award – Sponsored by Jazz from Scotland

Ali Affleck – Georgia Cecile – Luca Manning – Maggie Nicols – Rachel Lightbody – Seonaid Aitken

Best Instrumentalist Award – Sponsored by ESP Music Rentals

Alyn Cosker – Brian Kellock – Colin Steele – Fergus McCreadie – Graham Costello – Konrad Wiszniewski

Rising Star Award – In association with Help Musicians Scotland

David Bowden – Fergus McCreadie – Joe Williamson – Liam Shortall – Luca Manning – Pete Johnstone

Best Band/Ensemble Award – Sponsored by The Blue Arrow

Fat-Suit – Mezcla – Rose Room – Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Square One – Graham Costello’s Strata

Best Album Award – Sponsored by Birnam CD

Alan Benzie, Little Mysteries – Alyn Cosker, KPF – Colin Steele, Diving for Pearls – Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, The Word for it Now – Graham Costello’s Strata – Tommy Smith, Embodying the Light

To vote in the 6th Scottish Jazz Awards, visit . Voting closes at 5pm, Thursday 24th May.

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Momentum Music Fund – deadline for applications 29th May


Momentum Music Fund

PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development has announced a new partnership with Creative Scotland to support its Momentum Music Fund.  Previously only artists based in England were eligible for funding, but now, Scottish artists can apply for funding to support activities such as recording, touring and marketing.  The new partnership will enable artists to apply for career-boosting grants of between £5,000-£15,000 – artists must be at a tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth with significant potential to continue developing.

The next deadline is Tuesday 29th May 2018 at 6pm.

For more information please visit:


Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme


Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme

Access to a specialist hearing assessment and bespoke hearing protection.

The Help Musicians UK survey in 2015 showed that 40% of respondents had experienced hearing loss, 50% were concerned about noise levels at work and 82% believed that musicians should use hearing protection.

Help Musicians UK, in partnership with Musicians’ Hearing Services and the Musicians’ Union have created the Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme for all musicians in the UK. The scheme gives all those working in the industry affordable access to specialist hearing assessments and bespoke hearing protection.

A one-off payment of £40 (£30 for MU members) offers a range of services including an audiological assessment and ear check-up from a specialist in musicians’ hearing.

To find out more visit:

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XpoNorth 2018 – open for music submissions



Music submissions open until Monday 9th April at midnight. Do you have material to play a set of 30 minutes – for more information about how to submit and to read the XpoNorth music submissions rules & regulations please visit:

XpoNorth festival based in Inverness is Scotland’s leading creative industries festival which this year takes place on 27th and 28th June. XpoNorth is the only festival of its kind in Scotland and includes crafts, fashion, textiles, writing and publishing; screen and broadcast; digital and technology and music. The festival includes a wide range of networking events, seminars, workshops, music and film showcases.

XpoNorth 2017 attracted 2,500 delegates across its range of programmes. If you’re interested in attending as a delegate (registration is free) for 2018 please visit:


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Hit The Road 2018 – open for applications


Hit The Road is looking for young performers across Scotland. If you’re between the ages of 14 and 19, living in Scotland and want to take your music out into the real world, then take a look at what Hit The Road has to offer.

Hit The Road is a touring project for 14-19 year old aspiring performers who are at an early stage in their music making. It’s run by the Scottish Music Centre and is open to acts across all music genres. Across the year, Hit The Road organises five tours, themed by music genre. Participants are offered training workshops with industry professionals covering all aspects of the reality of touring. There are also training opportunities for young people wishing to try out support roles such as sound engineering and stage technicians.

Online registration is now open for those who are:

aged 14-19

living in Scotland

involved in any kind of music making

interested in learning about and developing their own musical career

To find out more and apply please visit: Hit The Road


Christmas and New Year – 2017


Hi everyone!

As we do every year, Birnam will be closing our doors for a couple of weeks over the festive period so we can all take a collective breath and enjoy both Christmas and the New Year Celebrations.

Our final day of 2017 will be Friday the 22nd of December and we will re-open at 9:00am on Thursday the 4th of January.

We hope you all have a great time over the holidays and we look forward to working with you all in 2018.

Best wishes,

The Birnam Team


Music Minds Matter – 24/7 helpline for musicians


Music Minds Matter – Freephone 0808 802 8008 – 24/7 helpline for musicians

Help Musicians UK have launched a mental health support line and service for the music industry.

Music Minds Matter is a support line and service, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the whole UK music community. Launched in December 2017, Music Minds Matter is the industry’s most comprehensive service yet – linking advice, signposting, clinical pathways and professional therapeutic services to Help Musicians UK’s (HMUK) traditional grants for musicians in need.

If you need someone to talk to or need ongoing support, call 0808 802 8008 for free

You call also access Music Minds Matter by emailing,  (please note a 48-hour turnaround).

For more information please visit: