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Youth Music NextGen Fund

14/06/2021

The Youth Music NextGen Fund offers young creatives grant funding of up to £2,500 to make their ideas happen. The fund is open to 18-25yr olds (and under 30s who identify as Disabled) and aims to help emerging musicians/people working towards a career in the music industries, but who lack key contacts, resources, funding, for example: Musicians, Producers, Engineers, DJs, MCs, Rappers, Songwriters, Managers, Promoters, A&Rs, Agents, Activists and campaigners who are transforming the music industries.

NextGen Fund aims to support people to take their first steps into the music industries. Successful applicants will use the money to launch a creative project, idea or business, for example:  A creative music project: a Single, EP or contribution towards an album campaign. A music-based business: starting a record label or music platform. A platform that supports underrepresented voices and perspectives.

For more information please visit: https://youthmusic.org.uk/nextgen/nextgen-fund

The deadline for Round 1 is 17:00 on Friday 9 July 2021.

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Global Music Match – open for applications

23/03/2021

Global Music Match is now open for applications.  Global Music Match (GMM) launched in 2020 as a pilot initiative.  Recognising the many COVID-19 challenges, GMM aims to raise the profile of artists across international markets using social media and peer-to-peer collaboration. It supports opportunities and networks for export-ready artists internationally and encourages cross border artist collaboration by connecting musicians from around the world, creating new audiences for artists in a range of international locations and providing a groundwork for future international touring development.

The initiative is a collaboration between founding partners Sounds Australia, Showcase Scotland Expo and East Coast Music Association (ECMA), along with export organisations and showcase events from around the world. The 16- week programme is designed to establish real life connections between export-ready artists. Artists will be selected from around 18 countries and placed into groups or “Teams” made up of teams from different countries or regions from around the world. Each team will be led by a team “Coach” who will guide the artists in weekly group meetings and provide support to ensure project activities and timelines are met.

For more information including specific application criteria please visit: Showcase Scotland Expo

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th April.

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The Gordon Duncan Experience looking for talented young musicians

01/03/2021

The Gordon Duncan Experience is looking for talented young musicians and budding composers from all over Scotland to take part in a brand new composition project. Young Musicians are invited to audition for the Gordon Duncan Experience Composition Project by Sunday 14th March.

Scotland’s Celtic Big Band is inviting musicians aged 14-21 of intermediate level and above, on any instrument and from any musical background who want to develop their composition skills, to audition to join its free Online Composition Masterclasses.

Led by Musical Director Patsy Reid, the 20 successful applicants will work alongside some of Scotland’s top musicians and composers, attending five masterclasses and five one-to-one mentoring sessions online, with the aim of creating a finished piece of music.

Launched by Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre in 2010 in honour of late, great Pitlochry piper Gordon Duncan, The Gordon Duncan Experience plays and creates music rooted in Scottish traditions with influences from jazz, rock, pop, blues and classical. The young musicians who have come through its ranks have performed at high-profile events and shared the stage with some of Scotland’s top artists, with many of them going on to study and make a career in music and performance.

For more information please visit: https://www.horsecross.co.uk/news/young-musicians-invited-to-audition-for-the-gordon-duncan-experience-composition-course

To find out more about the project and how to audition contact Emma Neck, Creative Learning Co-ordinator (Music) eneck@horsecross.co.uk  before the closing date of Sunday 14 March 2021.

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Nominations open for MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

15/10/2020

Public Nominations open for MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Nominations are invited for the following awards:

  1. Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland
  2. Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
  3. Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
  4. Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
  5. Event of the Year
  6. Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
  7. Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
  8. Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
  9. Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
  10. Services to Gaelic Award, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
  11. Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
  12. Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
  13. Musician of the Year, sponsored by the University of the Highlands and Islands

The nomination stage closes on Sunday 18th October.

For more information and to nominate please visit: MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020

 

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BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2021

09/06/2020

Applications are open for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2021. Applicants between the ages of 16 and 27, either a singer or instrumentalist, are asked to submit audio and video playing traditional Scottish Music.

A panel of judges will review all entries and select a shortlist of 12 entrants by early July.  The semi-finals are currently due to take place in October and from that, 6 finalists will perform on Sunday 31st January 2021 as part of Celtic Connections Festival**.

The prize will consist of:

  • A recording session with BBC Scotland in Glasgow
  • An opportunity to perform at the Scots Trad Music Awards.
  • One year’s membership of Musicians Union.

All 6 finalists will receive one year’s membership of the TMSA and the opportunity to take part in the annual TMSA Young Trad Tour.

The deadline for entry is Midnight on the 25th of June 2020

For more information please visit BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician

 

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Trad Music Awards – Voting open

11/11/2019

2019 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards – Voting open. The Music Awards highlight Scotland’s traditional music in all its forms. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony which this year will be held in Aberdeen Music Hall on 7th December.

The Shortlist categories include:

Album of the Year

Belhaven Bursary for Innovation

Club of the Year,

Composer of the Year,

Community Project of the Year

Event of the Year

Gaelic Singer of the Year,

Musician of the Year, Live Act of the Year,

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year,

Scottish Dance Band of the Year,

Scottish Folk Band of the Year,

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year,

Trad Video of the Year

Music Tutor of the Year,

Up and Coming Artist of the Year,

Venue of the Year,

To vote for your favourite or to buy a ticket for the awards please visit: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/voting/ 

 

 

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Scottish Community Music Awards 2019 – nominations open

15/04/2019

The Scottish Community Music Awards 2019 are open for nominations. The Awards celebrate music teachers, community projects, young musicians, community organisations and composers, who, through music, make a difference to communities across Scotland. The Awards encompass a wide range of music groups including pipe bands, recorder groups, orchestras, ensembles, choirs, samba bands… across a wide range of musical genres.

The 5 categories are:

  • Community Music Teacher of the Year
  • Community Music Project of the Year
  • Young Community Musician/s of the Year
  • Community Music Organisation of the Year
  • Community Music Composer of the Year

Nominations in each of the categories will be assessed by a panel of industry experts and a shortlist of 3 for each category will be announced in May. Nominations close on 30th April and the public can vote for their favourites from May with the winners announced in June.

To find out more and to nominate please visit: handsupfortrad/chorusawards

 

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Scottish Awards for New Music 2019

11/03/2019

Nominations are open for the Scottish Awards for New Music 2019 – the awards event takes place on Monday 13th May at the Drygate Brewery in Glasgow. The awards celebrate the depth and breadth of Scotland’s vibrant contemporary music scene, champion the work of Scotland’s composers, musicians, sound artists, programmers, producers and ensembles, and showcase the innovative, experimental and ground-breaking work taking place in Scotland.

The twelve categories for nominations include:

  • EVM Award for Electroacoustic/Sound Art Work
  • The Dorico Award for Small Scale New Work sponsored by Steinberg (1-10 performers)
  • Large Scale New Work (11+ performers)
  • New Music Recording of the Year
  • Collaboration in New Music
  • Community/Education Project
  • Contribution to New Music in Scotland
  • New Music Performer(s) of the Year
  • Creative Programming
  • The Good Spirts company award for Innovation in New Folk Music
  • Innovation in New Jazz Music
  • Making It Happen

Nominations can be made by both members of the public and industry professionals until 5pm on Friday 22nd March 2019. For further information on eligibility/submission criteria and to submit nominations please visit: www.newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2019

 

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Vote now – Shortlist Announced Scots Trad Music Awards

07/11/2018

Vote now – Shortlists have been announced for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018 – Voting is open until Friday 23rd November. The winners will be revealed at the Trad Awards ceremony on Saturday 1st December at Perth Concert Hall.

Album of the Year shortlist:

Alterum by Julie Fowlis

EVO by Skerryvore

Punch by The Poozies

Sanctuary by Ross Ainslie

Sandwood by Duncan Chisholm

Some Other Land by Adam Sutherland

Symbiosis II by Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton

The Key by Blazin’ Fiddes

The Railway by Hamish Napier

The Seer by Lauren MacColl

Voting is also open for the other award categories which include:  

Club of the Year

Composer of the Year

Community Project of the Year,

Event of the Year

Gaelic Singer of the Year

Instrumentalist of the Year

Live Act of the Year

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year

Scottish Dance Band of the Year

Scottish Folk Band of the Year

Scottish Pipe Band of the Year

Trad Music in the Media

Music Tutor of the Year

Up and Coming Artist of the Year

Venue of the Year Award

Huge congratulations and good luck to all nominees!

For more information and to register your vote please visit: scotstradmusicawards

To book a ticket for the awards please visit: horsecross.co.uk