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Showcase Scotland 2024: Wide Days event opportunity


Post content courtesy of Showcase Scotland.

Hello Artists,

Made in Scotland Gigs is a new music strand of the Made in Scotland showcase.

Hosted in partnership with the Wide Days music convention, it takes place on 14 and 15 of August at La Belle Angele, Edinburgh. Each night, four acts based in Scotland, from across the genre spectrum, will showcase to a public and industry audience.

The event will help participating artists make connections with media and music business professionals, as well as with the international visitors that the Fringe brings to Edinburgh.


Key Info

  • Applications open Monday 3 June at noon
  • The deadline to apply will be 5pm on Monday 17 June
  • Applications will be assessed by an independent panel of music industry figures.
  • If required, final-stage interviews will take place via zoom on Wednesday 3 or Thursday 4 July
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 5 July

Due to the high volume of applications expected, it is not possible to provide feedback.



Selected artists will receive grants of £1,000 to cover the costs relating to their performance in terms of advance briefing, rehearsal, travel/accommodation and for the performance itself.

A limited budget is available on top of the £1,000 grant, for artists with additional costs arising from childcare or accessibility requirements. Moreover, acts traveling from outside the Central Belt can request a contribution towards travel and accommodation.

Details are outlined in the application form and the amount provided will be determined by Made In Scotland.


The Events

Two events will take place on the evenings of the 14 and 15 of August between 18:00-22:00 and will be programmed based on the final selection and genre. The nights will be promoted by Wide Days and Made In Scotland partners.

Alongside invited industry and media professionals, the shows will be listed on the Fringe website and tickets be available to the public through its box office. Each act will also be provided with a small guest list allocation.

There will be a pre-event online briefing on 17 July (17:00-20:00), as well as an in-person networking event on 14 or 15 August (16:00-18:00, final time tbc). Artists and/or a representative will be required to attend both (unless it coincides with a soundcheck).


Click here to apply:

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WOMEX 2024 – Call for Artists applications now open!


Post content courtesy of Hands Up For Trad. See the original post here.

WOMEX 2024 will be held in Manchester 23-27th October.

Proposals can be submitted in four categories:

  • Showcase – for artists
  • Club Summit – for DJs and Producers
  • Film – for filmmakers
  • Conference – for music professionals

You can apply through Applications close on the 1st of March.

Recognised as one of the most important gatherings in the global music scene, WOMEX is the most diverse music meeting worldwide. Its musical spectrum spans from the most traditional to the cutting-edge global local underground, embracing folk, roots, jazz, local and diaspora cultures, and urban and electronic sounds from across the globe.

The music showcases will offer two high-profile opportunities to perform in Manchester, as part of the official WOMEX programme and on the Horizons Stage, a platform for showcasing the best musical talent from England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There is no separate application process. Artists from the Horizons nations who are not selected for showcase by the WOMEX jury, will automatically be eligible for consideration for the Horizons Stage. This is a collaboration between Arts Council EnglandCulture IrelandArts Council of Northern IrelandCreative ScotlandWales Arts InternationalArts Council of Wales and British Council – coordinated by British Underground. Visit for more information on the selection process for the HORIZONS Stage.

Manchester Music City will be hosting the first in a series of online Zoom events on 12 February to offer advice to people interested in applying to perform at WOMEX. For more information about this, and for regular updates about WOMEX 24, subscribe to British Underground’s monthly newsletter.

Delegate tickets will go on sale in April, with general public and gig tickets released shortly after. Find out more about attending WOMEX 24 as a delegate here.

Scottish artists have had a good deal of success showcasing recently. Talisk performed at WOMEX 2017 in Katowice and band member Mohsen Amini said “WOMEX gave us some incredible opportunities that we never knew would be possible. Took us all over the world and we would urge anyone thinking about it to absolutely go for it!”. Saxophonist Matt Carmichael showcased in October 2023 and said Womex was an amazing opportunity to share my music internationally and perform in front of the industry. It was a great profile boost and has led to more performing opportunities in Europe. It was also great to hear so many other showcase artists at the event too and I left feeling inspired.”

You can apply now through Applications close on the 1st of March.

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Hit The Road open for applications


Hit The Road open for applications. Hit The Road is a touring project in Scotland for 14-19 year old aspiring performers who are at an early state in their music career. The project organises 3 tours of Scotland, each themed by music genre. Acts of all genres will be involved in training and rehearsing before the tour. Participants are given the opportunity to attend training workshops covering all aspects of touring and training opportunities are also available for young people keen to work in support roles sound engineering and stage technicians.

Online registration is open now for young people aged 14-19 yrs, involved in any kind of music making & living in Scotland. For more information and to apply please visit: Hit The Road


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Contemporary Music For All – Open Rehearsal


Contemporary Music For All – CoMA Glasgow – Open Rehearsal for players of any instrument and ability.

CoMA Glasgow is a new, open and welcoming contemporary music ensemble for players of all instruments and abilities, supported by professional musicians, composers and an impressive library of music.

CoMA Glasgow is part of the well-established CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) group, which was first founded in 1993 to enable musicians of all abilities to participate actively in contemporary music. CoMA now have a network of ensembles all across the UK, with a growing international programme.

The first ‘demo day’ was held in November 2019 and the group are now planning rehearsals and working towards an open workshop/performance on Saturday 7th March 2020 at the Scottish Music Centre in Glasgow, as part of the 3rd Festival of Contemporary Music for All.

Rehearsal dates and times:

Rehearsal 1: Sunday 12 January 14:00-17:00, Brunswick Merchant City Hotel Glasgow.

Rehearsal 2: Tuesday 21 January 19:00-21:00, Scottish Music Centre

Rehearsal 3: Saturday 15 February 14:00-16:00, Scottish Music Centre

Open Performance: Saturday 7 March 14:00-17:00, Scottish Music Centre

A music/dance collaborative project is also due to be launched and more details of this will be discussed at the rehearsals.

To find out more and register for the rehearsals please visit:


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Trad Music Awards – Voting open


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: 



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Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 – voting open.


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:

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.

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Scottish Community Music Awards 2019 – nominations open


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


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:


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XpoNorth – Music showcase opportunity


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:

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Vote now – Shortlist Announced Scots Trad Music Awards


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: