The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) exists to strengthen, empower and unite Scotland’s music industry.
Our mission is to…
- Create and nurture a diverse, accessible and inclusive membership community that reflects the full spectrum of Scotland’s music industry
- Ensure that Scotland’s music industry has an effective voice within government, parliament and development organisations that facilitates understanding and awareness of key opportunities and challenges
- Produce and support projects and programmes to stimulate sustainability, domestic and international growth, development and innovation
In order to strengthen and increase the value of Scotland’s music industry on the world stage: economically, socially and culturally.
The SMIA receives Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits.
Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
The SMIA’s membership currently encompasses over 3500 music practitioners.
We want everyone working in music in Scotland to be an SMIA member. Whatever point you’re at in your career, whatever genre of music you work in and wherever in Scotland you’re based; the SMIA exists to support you.
With a sharpened focus on common rather than competing interests, SMIA members believe in the value and power of community and collaboration. Our services, projects and events are shaped by those we exist to support, and through both regular and effective communication and liaison, together we can drive Scotland’s music industry forward for the benefit of all.
The SMIA is steered by a non-executive board of directors and comprises a small, dedicated executive team who work daily to drive our mission through the delivery of our services, projects and events.
We also have an Advisory Group who actively feed-in to our work, and who offer guidance on our strategy for supporting our membership; continually ensuring that what we deliver is needs-led and provides maximum impact and benefit.
We work with a wide range of freelancers, including on our two flagship projects, the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award and Music Business Innovation (MBI).