Tasgadh Funding Application Deadline – January 26th


Courtesy of Tasgadh

Tasgadh is a fund devolved from Creative Scotland, managed by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and open to organisations and individuals. Tasgadh is designed to provide support for traditional artists and organisations to create, perform, tour and showcase work. The fund can also support professional development and learning projects. Tasgadh cannot support the purchase of equipment nor can the fund be used to match other Creative Scotland funds.

Tasgadh is a fund devolvit frae Creative Scotland, mainaged by Fèisean nan Gàidheal and open tae organisations and indiveeduals. Tasgadh is designit tae gie an upheeze tae tradeetional airtists and organisations tae mak, perform, tour and shawcase wark. The fund will uphaud professional development an learnin projecks as weel. Tasgadh canna support the purchase o graith and canna be yaised tae maitch ither Creative Scotland funds.

The remaining 2023-24 deadline date for applications is:

26 January 2024
Guidelines and an application form may be downloaded from the right hand side of the page. The form may be completed, saved and sent to

Or, you can fill in your application online by registering here. Once you regsiter you will receive a link by email and you can then proceed with your application.

As a guide to assist applicants, some case studies of projects funded previously may be downloaded on the right-hand side of the page.

The following people, with relevant skills, have agreed to assist in reaching decisions on grants:

  • Arthur Cormack
    Catriona Hawksworth
    Dave Francis
    Fiona Campbell
    Martin Hadden
    Joanne Urwin
    Ilyana Nedkova

A register of their interests is available here.

Further information is available in video from a live, online session by Arthur Cormack with guidance to potential applicants for Tasgadh and Maoin nan Ealan Gàidhlig. Access that video here.

Awesome Funding

Youth Music NextGen Fund


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:

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


Feis Rois Youth Small Grants Scheme


The Feis Rois Youth Small Grants Scheme: Folk and Traditional Music fund opens for applications on Friday 29th January. The Youth Small Grants Scheme is part of a Scottish Government Covid-19 Funding Package aimed at supporting the arts. Feis Rois, one of several organisations awarded funding through the Small Grants Scheme, has a fund budget of £40,000 and is inviting applications from freelance musicians living anywhere in Scotland and working in folk and traditional music.

Applicants can apply for between £500 – £5,000. The grants aim to create work opportunities for freelance musicians and at the same time provide arts activities for children and young people, especially those most affected by Covid-19.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 14th March.

For more information please visit:


Festive Funding

Christmas and New Year


Christmas and New Year – Our office is open until Wednesday the 23rd but we won’t be processing any new work from Friday 18th through to Monday January 4th.

A big thank you to all the artists we have worked with throughout the year – we look forward to working with you all in 2021.

A wee update on our previous post about the Hardship Fund – the online application portal will close to applicants at midday on 18th December and will reopen at midday on 5th January 2021.

The Hardship Funds for Creative Freelancers aims to support creative freelancers working in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial hardship due to the loss of income as a result of the COVID – 19 pandemic.

For more information please visit: Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers

We hope everyone stays safe and well in these difficult times.

Very best Christmas wishes to you all

from the Birnam Team.


Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers


The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers reopened on Tuesday 10 November. The fund aims to support freelance creative professionals working in the arts and creative sector in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

It offers a one-off monetary contribution to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work as a result of the emergency situation.

All applicants must be based in Scotland and must be able to demonstrate they were working and making income as a freelance creative professional before lockdown began (in March 2020).

The Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers is open to:

Freelance professionals whose work has direct creative outcomes. This can include (but is not limited to) a visual artist, a writer or maker of poetry, prose or fiction, a playwright, actor or theatre- maker, a comedian, dancer, musician, craft maker or designer.

Freelance professionals whose work directly supports the making and presentation of creative work including events. This can include (but is not limited to) a theatre producer, a lighting designer, a gig promoter, an independent curator or creative producer.

For more information please visit: Creative Scotland: hardship-fund-for-creative-freelancers


New Music Support Fund for Folk In Crisis


New Music Support Fund for Folk In Crisis Launches In Scotland To Help Musicians and Music Production Professionals. Stonehaven Folk Club has teamed up with Hands Up For Trad to start up a fund to help support Folk musicians and music production staff living in Scotland during the crisis.

The Folk Club is providing 20 grants of £250 to help towards living expenses during this period when people are unable to work. It’s hoped that further donations from other organisations and the public will help the fund grow.

Stonehaven Folk Club celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017 and has twice been voted Club of the Year at the Trad Awards. Through this initiative, the club hopes to be able to help some of the fantastic Folk talent in Scotland get through the next few months and hopefully stay as performing artists.

For more information, to support the project and/or to apply for a grant please visit: Hands Up For Trad.


PRS Open Fund for Music Creators


The PRS Open Fund for Music Creators supports the development of songwriters and composers of all genres and backgrounds who are at different stages of their career. The deadline for applications is 6pm on 5th October 2020.

The fund, which offers grants of up to £5,000, can support projects by songwriters, composers, or artists, bands, producers and performers who are writing their own music or commissioning others.

The project must fulfil three funding priorities:

  • To support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music in any genre.
  • To enable the UK’s most talented music creators to realise their potential
  • To inspire audiences.

For more information please visit:


Funding Music

Help Musicians – Do It Differently Fund now open


Help Musicians – Do It Differently Fund now open for applications. The third round of the Covid-adapted Do It Differently Fund offers musicians a vital package of support to further their creative output, build their business skills and explore ways to maintain their wellbeing during this challenging time.

Fund awardees receive a grant of £3,000 to fulfil their chosen project and bespoke 1-on-1 business guidance with some of the UK music industry’s leading experts. Working with the British Association For Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), the package also provides health consultations and online tools for creating healthy practises. In addition, each awardee will receive fully subsidised Pro Membership to the Featured Artists Coalition.

The deadline for submitting applications is 14th September.

For more information please visit:



GDMT 2020 Performance Award Funding


The GDMT 2020 Performance Award Funding is open to self-employed, professional Scottish traditional musicians who have limited savings and require some financial assistance – successful applicants will receive an award of £250.

The Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust (GDMT) was formed, as a tribute to Gordon, following his tragic death in 2005. The Trust aims to preserve and build on Gordon Duncan’s legacy by funding and supporting young traditional musicians.

In addition to the application form, applicants are asked to supply a 5-minute video of them performing exciting and cheery music, including one of Gordon Duncan’s tunes.  All applicants will be considered by the GDMT Musical sub-Group and if successful the Trust will also post the video performance on their YouTube channel and showcase the performance in the Gallery section of the website. GDMT asks that in return, the successful applicants also share GDMT links across their own networks.

To be eligible to apply you must be over 18 years of age and a self-employed, full-time professional musician who plays Scottish traditional music either in a solo capacity or in a group or band and you must be financially dependent on your musicianship

For more information please visit:


Funding opportunity – Jerwood Bursaries


Funding opportunity – Jerwood Bursaries provide funding of up to £1,250 to expand and invigorate artistic practice, enabling artists to experiment with new ideas and undertake professional development activity. This might include exploring new materials or collaborations, specialist mentoring, or participation in professional training, conferences and workshops.

Applications are particularly welcome for:

  • mentoring, coaching, critical feedback
  • professional and/or specialised training
  • taking part in conferences or workshops
  • networking and/or membership of artistic networks
  • learning specific skills and knowledge
  • undertaking first-stage research

Artists can apply for funding between £250 – £1,250.

Applications must be received by: 5pm, Monday 9 March 2020

For more information please visit: