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.
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) firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date of Sunday 14 March 2021.
Public Nominations open for MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Nominations are invited for the following awards:
- Music Tutor of the Year, sponsored by Creative Scotland
- Gaelic Singer of the Year, sponsored by The Highland Society of London
- Album of The Year, sponsored by Birnam CD
- Up & Coming artist of the Year, sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
- Event of the Year
- Community Music Project of the Year, sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
- Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year, sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association (TMSA)
- Trad Video of the Year, sponsored by Threads of Sound
- Online Performance of 2020, sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
- Services to Gaelic Award, sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig
- Original Work of the Year, sponsored by PRS for Music
- Trad Music in the Media, sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
- 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
The Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Fund is a £5,000 award given to an emerging jazz musician or group to enable them to undertake a creative project which will support their professional development. The award can be used to fund recording, filming, touring, performances, mentoring, collaboration, promotion.
It’s open to creative, ambitious and committed jazz musicians and groups who can demonstrate that the proposed project will help develop their career. To apply, musicians are asked to provide a biography detailing musical development, recent activities within the jazz scene and career achievements. Two recordings of music must also be submitted and at least one must be an original composition.
Deadline for submissions is 9 am, Monday 14th October 2019.
Applicants will then be shortlisted for audition which will be held in London on Friday 1st November 2019.
For more information please visit: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/creative-programme/current-opportunities/peter-whittingham-jazz-award
The Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 – voting open. The Jazz awards celebrate Scotland’s vibrant jazz scene and provide an opportunity to recognise the wide breadth of musical talent.
A panel of industry specialists, including media, press and promoters from across the UK, select the shortlists for the following categories of awards:
Rising Star Award sponsored by The Blue Arrow
Best Band Award sponsored by Musicians’ Union
Best Vocalist Award sponsored by Whigham’s Jazz Club.
Best Instrumentalist Award sponsored by ESP Music Rentals
Best Album Award sponsored by Birnam CD
New this year is the Services to Scottish Jazz Award, sponsored by Ticketmaster, which will recognise and celebrate those working behind the scenes. A Lifetime Achievement Award in association with Help Musicians Scotland will also be presented at the awards ceremony with both winners chosen by the panel. Previous winners include Fionna Duncan, Carol Kidd, Bobby Wellins, Tam White and Ronnie Rae.
Public voting closes at 5pm on Tuesday 21 May. To vote, please visit: http://www.jazzfest.co.uk/awards/
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Drygate Brewery on Sunday 9 June. If you’d like to purchase tickets for the Scottish Jazz Awards please visit: Jazz Awards 2019 Tickets.
XpoNorth – Music showcase opportunity. Musicians and filmmakers are invited to apply to showcase at XpoNorth, a conference and showcase festival, which takes place in Inverness on 3rd and 4th July 2019.
XpoNorth showcases a wide range of music, short films and provides networking opportunities. It also offers a packed daytime programme of seminars and workshops featuring leading local, national and international professionals from across the creative sector.
Music & Films can be submitted until midnight on Monday 8th April 2019. A selection of the musicians invited to perform at XpoNorth will also be put forward for consideration to play the XpoNorth Stage at the multi-award winning Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
Free Delegate Registration for XpoNorth 2019 is also open.
For more information please visit: https://xponorth.co.uk/submissions/music/
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:
- music creator residencies
- promotion and marketing
- commissions of new music by UK-based creators*
- exciting community projects involving high-quality music creators
- 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