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Help Musicians – Do It Differently Fund now open

24/08/2020

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: helpmusicians.org.uk

 

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Coronavirus Support and Information for Musicians

01/04/2020

Coronavirus Support and Information for Musicians – For musicians based in Scotland the Traditional Music Form has compiled a very useful resource which provides information on a wide range of topics. For example, funding/financial help via Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary fund, Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship fund, PRS Emergency Relief fund, Help Musicians: Coronavirus Hardship fund. Mental health support and links including Help Musicians: Music Minds Matter campaign, MITC (Music Industry Therapist Collective) Guide to Anxiety Relief & Self Isolation. It also details various creative ideas, for example, Hands Up for Trad: A Guide to hosting a live concert from your living room.

There are currently 2 surveys being undertaken across Scotland:

The Scottish Music Industry Association is gathering information from as many businesses and music practitioners working in Scotland as possible in relation to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Culture Counts: COVID-19 Impact Survey is for organisations and individuals in Scotland’s arts, screen heritage & creative industries. The survey results will help Culture Counts to communicate the needs of the sector due to the impact of Covid -19, to decision-makers in government and in parliament. The survey is open until May 2020.

For links to the surveys and for more information please visit:

https://www.traditionalmusicforum.org/news-post/newsid/22289-coronavirus-covid-19-useful-resources-for-traditional-musicians/

UK wide support is provided via the https://www.coronamusicians.info/  website which is a collaboration between various organisations including Help Musicians UK and the Musicians’ Union. It aims to be a central source of support and advice for all musicians during the coronavirus period. It provides information and links covering the following areas:

Government advice, Money worries, Legal / business advice, Health issues, Mental health, Creative development, Working online and other helpful information.

We hope you all keep healthy and safe in these worrying times.

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Contemporary Music For All – Open Rehearsal

20/01/2020

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: http://www.coma.org/get-involved/ensembles/glasgow/

 

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Trad Music Awards – Voting open

11/11/2019

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: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/voting/ 

 

 

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Peter Whittingham Jazz Award Fund

18/09/2019

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  

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SAY Awards – voting open

12/08/2019

SAY Awards – voting open. The public vote for the SAY Awards 2019 is now open. The 72 hour public voting window for the Scottish Album of The Year is open now and closes at midnight this Wednesday, 14th August. The Longlisted album which secures the most votes will automatically gain a place on the Shortlist, as well as a guaranteed minimum prize of £1,000.

A further 9 albums, decided by the SAY Award judging panel, will make up the shortlist which will be announced live on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday 15th August between 9-10pm.

The Scottish Album of the Year Award ceremony will take place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on Friday 6 September 2019. The winning artist will pick up a £20,000 cash prize, with the 9 runners up each being awarded £1,000. Each Shortlisted artist will also receive an exclusively designed piece of artwork from the SAY Award Design Commission.

To place your vote, please visit: https://www.sayaward.com/

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Young Traditional Musician 2020 – applications open

24/06/2019

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2020 – applications open.

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2020 is open for applications. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 24th July 2019. The competition is open to individual musicians who stay in Scotland and are aged between 16 and 27 years as of the 24th July 2019.

To enter the competition, entrants must submit:

  • 10 minute recording of themselves playing traditional Scottish music
  • A short biography of their traditional music experience
  • A list of songs/tunes submitted and any relevant details of their source/background.
  • A 1 min home video of themselves performing in domestic or concert setting.

A panel of judges will review all entries and select a shortlist of up to 12 entrants. Following the semi-finals the judges will select 6 finalists who will then be invited to perform at the final which will be held in Glasgow on Sunday 2nd February 2020 as part of Celtic Connections Festival.  

For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3KxTvJZ6N0wkdj1C6qCdQZF/bbc-radio-scotland-young-traditional-musician-2020

 

 

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Scottish Jazz Awards 2019 – voting open.

06/05/2019

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.

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Scottish Community Music Awards 2019 – nominations open

15/04/2019

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

11/03/2019

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: www.newmusicscotland.co.uk/awards2019