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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:

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


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:

To place your vote please visit: TradAdwards2017.

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WOMEX 2017 was great!


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



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.



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WOMEX 2017 – Stand number 5


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.

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Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund


Advice and information about the new Help Musicians UK Fusion Fund

For all Scotland-based artists, have you got an innovative idea to expand your creative practice working collaboratively with other art forms or sectors? The Fusion Fund offers £2,000 – £5,000 towards developing and testing new work. The Scottish Music Centre are holding various advice sessions where you can attend in person, or, alternatively they can also offer advice over the phone or via Skype. The deadline for applications for Round 1 is 12th October 2017. To find out more visit Scottish Music Centre.


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Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund


Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund’

Young Scot and Creative Scotland’s ‘Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund’

The fund aims to support young people aged 14-20 who are interested in developing skills in one of the following areas:

Drama – Dance – Music – Film – Visual Arts – Literature – Digital Arts

Who can apply – Anyone aged 14-20, living in Scotland. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding ranging from £50- £600.

The deadlines for applications are: 28th August 2017, 9th October 2017

For more information visit

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Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017


BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2018 – Open for entries.

The BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year opened for entries on May 25th. The annual music competition, established in 2001, aims to encourage and support young musicians who are pursuing a career in traditional music.

The award is open to individual musicians aged between 16 – 27 years who currently stay in Scotland. The closing date is Friday 7th July 2017.

Entrants must submit:

  • A 10 minute recording of themselves playing traditional Scottish music
  • A short written biography and
  • A short written paragraph about their interest in traditional music.

Entries are judged on Technical ability (intonation, rhythm, timing, ornamentation) and Performance skills (connection with the audience, choice of repertoire, balance of programme, pace, appropriate length of performance).

A panel of judges will review all entries and select a shortlist of 12 to take part in the semi- finals which will take place over the weekend 7-8th October. A panel of judges will select 6 finalists who will then be invited to perform at the final which will be held in Glasgow on 25th January 2018 as part of Celtic Connections Festival.

For more information and to apply please visit the event’s website.


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Hit The Road 2017


Hit The Road is a touring project for 14-19 year old aspiring performers who are at an early stage in their music making. Hit the Road will present five tours of Scotland, themed by music genre. Participants are also invited to training workshops with industry professionals covering all aspects of the reality of touring, while there will also be training opportunities for young people wishing to try out support roles such as sound engineering and stage technicians.

Each tour will take three acts on the road, with each act taking the headline slot to their home town crowd.

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

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Record Store Day 2017


CD Duplication

Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. Record Store Day provides a platform for independently owned record stores to come together with artists to celebrate the art of music and support local communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ’s, in store quizzes and many other events. For Star Wars fans, Crosley is launching a special Star Wars Record turntable.

A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music whose company is not publicly owned. Record Store Day is about real, live, physical, indie record stores – not online retailers or large corporations.

There’s quite a few record stores across Scotland so have a look to see what’s happening locally and visit to find out more.