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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

 

 

Creative Live Music Music Shows

Showcase & funding opportunity – Made in Scotland 2019

31/10/2018

Showcase & funding opportunity – Made in Scotland Showcase 2019 – deadline 22.11.8.

Made in Scotland celebrates the wealth and diversity of work that is currently being produced in Scotland. It’s a curated showcase which aims to raise the international profile of Scottish artists by promoting high-quality music, theatre and dance to international promoters and audiences at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Made In Scotland is a partnership between the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Federation of Scottish Theatres, Scottish Music Centre and Creative Scotland.

Funding is intended to support the costs of presenting work at the Fringe. The work can be new or an existing production which will be re-staged at the Fringe.

Who can apply – individuals, groups and organisations based in Scotland and working in theatre, dance and music – applications can be submitted from individual artists, companies, organisations, ensembles, promoters, bands and record labels.

Onward International Touring – One of the key aims of Made in Scotland is to maximise the benefit for Scottish artists on international platforms – funding is available to support any work created in Scotland which attracts interest from international promoters as a result of being showcased at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The deadline for applications for the 2019 showcase is 22.11.18, for more information please visit: creative scotland/made-in-scotland

 

Creative Live Music Music

Women Make Music – Funding opportunity

17/09/2018

Music Funding opportunity – Women Make Music supports the development of outstanding women songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds at different stages of their career.

The aims of Women Make Music are:

To break down assumptions and stereotypes within the music industry by encouraging role models for future generations

To raise awareness of the gender gap and to ensure that women are aware that support for new music is available to them

To increase the profile of women who are creating new music in the UK

To encourage women who may otherwise not have applied for PRS Foundation funding to do so

Women Make Music offers grants of up to £5,000. The fund can support projects by women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music.

The funding includes support for:

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

The next deadline is 1st October at 6pm. For more information, please visit: prsfoundation.com

 

 

Awards Creative Live Music Music

Trad Album of the Year 2018 – open for nominations

10/09/2018

The Scots Trad Music Awards 2018 – The Trad Album of the Year highlights the trad recording industry and showcases the vast number of albums which are released each year in the trad/folk music genre. Albums eligible for entry are those released between September 2017 and August 2018 and must have more than 6 tracks or 40 mins of material. Only albums within the folk/trad genre are eligible for this award.

The Longlist (20 releases), decided by an industry panel, will be announced in October 2018. The shortlist (10 releases), decided by 50% industry panel and 50% public, will be announced in November. The winner will be announced at the Scots Trad Music Awards on 1st December, Perth Concert Hall.

For more information please visit: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/album-of-the-year/

Creative Fabulous Live Music Music

Open Fund for Music Creators

29/08/2018

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: prsfoundation.com

 

 

 

 

Creative Digital Live Music Music

Momentum Music Fund – deadline for applications 29th May

10/05/2018

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: prsfoundation.com

Creative Live Music Music

XpoNorth 2018 – open for music submissions

14/03/2018

XpoNorth

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.co.uk/submissions/music

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: xponorth.co.uk

 

Creative Live Music Music

MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS 2017 – Voting closes 24th November

20/11/2017

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 – Voting closes 24th November.  A total of sixteen awards will be presented at a glitzy award ceremony on Saturday 2nd December, at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre as Paisley bids for UK City of Culture 2021.

Album of the Year nominations are:

Afterlight by Ímar

All We Have Is Now by Elephant Sessions

An Dà Là – The Two Days by Mànran

An Dàn – Gaelic Songs for a Modern World by Mary Ann Kennedy

Bere by Saltfishforty

Fiddle + Guitar by Ross Couper + Tom Oakes

Mac Ile by The Islay Sessioners

Room with a View by Old Blind Dogs

Ryan Young by Ryan Young

Strata by Siobhan Miller

Awards are also given for: Community Project of the Year, Composer of the Year, Live Act, Scots Singer of the Year, Up and Coming Artist, Music Tutor of the Year, Gaelic Singer of the Year, Folk Band of the Year, Dance Band of the Year, Scottish Pipe Band of the Year, Club of the Year, Instrumentalist of the Year, Event of the Year, Trad Music in the Media, Venue of the Year.

Good luck to all the nominees.

For more information on all the nominees and to buy a ticket for the event on the 2nd December please visit:  projects.handsupfortrad.scot

To place your vote please visit: TradAdwards2017.

Creative Digital Live Music Music

WOMEX 2017 was great!

01/11/2017

WOMEX 2017 was great!

We’re back from WOMEX 2017 in Katowice, Poland and what a great experience it was. Four days of meetings, networking and watching! A truly multi-cultural, diverse feast of music and cultures – we loved every minute of it.

Our stand was visited by a huge range of artists, radio presenters, festival organisers, agents, and promoters from across the world including Canada, Morocco, USA, Switzerland, Hungary, Colombia, Germany, Poland, Armenia, Mozambique, Latvia, Chile, Sweden, Belgium and many more.

 

Our promotional CD Northern Lights was included in each of the delegate bags along with a copy of the WOMEX edition of fROOTS, which featured a 2-page advert, an editorial and an album download. We sent out regular tweets with some of them reaching the huge screens at the back of the WOMEX hall. For more information on the artists please visit birnamcd.com/northernlights.

 

 

We’ve already had notification from a radio station in Australia that they have played a track from the fROOTS download, which is part of the digital fROOTS edition, sent out just before WOMEX.

We had lots of discussions with radio presenters looking for music from across the world and were particularly interested in the range of music and artists we were promoting here in Scotland. We’ve now linked with a folk, blues and world music internet radio station which streams 24 hours a day from Vienna, connected with radio presenters from Germany and Hungary and set up links with a network of 45 radio presenters who all feed into the World Music Charts, as featured in fROOTS.

We held very positive discussions with a wide range of WOMEX delegates covering many different aspects of the music industry. Like us, many delegates were looking to establish positive partnerships which would support increased awareness and opportunities for artists and music in general.  We will be working on a few exciting developments over the coming months.

We had the pleasure of the company of TALISK who were there to do one of the showcase performances – a hugely significant accomplishment given that there were around 1350 applications for around 60 available slots. Their gig went extremely well, lots of very positive feedback and a queue of delegates looking to book them. They’re lovely folk and we wish them even more success in the months and years ahead.

 

 

We also had the pleasure of meeting a great bunch of folk from Catalonia – we’ve been thinking of them since we returned, and we wish them well for the future.

Just to finish, we’ll leave you with another two photographs. The first one is the indoor beach with hammocks and deckchairs. This area proved very popular later in the day when folk were getting weary.

The second photograph is our PARKING TICKET – all the way from Scotland to Poland and we managed to get a parking ticket on the last night!

            

Well, we didn’t have time to do any shopping, so it’s nice to have a souvenir…..

WOMEX 2017 was a hugely enjoyable experience and we’re looking forward to WOMEX 2018.

 

 

Creative Digital Music

WOMEX 2017 – Stand number 5

23/10/2017

Birnam International Music Promotion – We’re packed and ready to go – 2 of our team are off to WOMEX!

WOMEX is THE international networking platform for the World Music industry. This year’s event is in Katowice, Poland from October 25th – 29th and, as ever, a huge number of key industry personnel from around the world will gather together, seeking new music to distribute and new artists to introduce to audiences via festivals, concert tours, television, film, radio, press and digital platforms worldwide. Approximately 2,900 delegates attend WOMEX each year and for networking and exposure opportunities, WOMEX is one of the best.

We have the privilege of working with a huge range of extremely talented musicians, many of whom are independent. A few years ago, following requests from a couple of artists, we launched our Birnam PR service. To date, we have concentrated largely on promotion across the UK & Northern Ireland, with some additional international promotion. However, again, following requests from artists we are launching our international promotional package this year.

We have coordinated, designed and produced a compilation album – ‘Northern Lights’, featuring ten artists who we have had the pleasure of working with and supporting over the years – the album will be included in every WOMEX delegate bag. We’ve designed Northern Lights promotional leaflets and posters for our WOMEX Birnam stand (number 5) and will be giving away further copies of the promotional album.

The October 2107 WOMEX edition of fROOTS magazine has a free download featuring different tracks from each of the artists, a 2-page editorial and a 2 full-page advertisement featuring each of the artists – fRoots magazine is available digitally and hard copies will also be included in each WOMEX delegate bag.

To find out more about each of the artists on the Northern Lights album please visit Northern Lights.

If you’re at WOMEX please come and say hello – you can find us at stand 5.