About

Who We Are

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a membership organisation and innovation agency which exists to represent and develop the Scottish music industry.

Incorporated in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry, the SMIA began its life as a membership organisation, tasked with uniting a complex network of sectors, genres and disciplines. Since this time, the company has demonstrated key value through its actions, events and achievements, as well as a determined enthusiasm to represent and develop Scotland’s music industry for the good of all. With a sharp focus on common rather than competing interests; a commitment to communicate and cooperate across all areas of the industry and, above all, a determination to deliver services, projects and a programme of events that are both meaningful and of benefit, the SMIA is inclusive, positive and progressive; meeting need, realising potential and encouraging ambition.

Having recently joined Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding Network 2018-21, the SMIA has been given the resources to deliver a pioneering innovation-led development programme, designed to help nurture business talent and build infrastructure in the Scottish music industry.

Mission Statement

The situation: in the creative industries, and especially in music, Scotland has an abundance of creative talent but lacks sufficient opportunities to develop business talent, as well as build infrastructure, to support and capitalise on the creative output.

The problem: many musical creatives in Scotland are represented by managers, agents, publicists, record labels, publishers, lawyers and accountants out with Scotland (mostly in London).

The solution: invest in a pioneering innovation-lead development programme to help nurture business talent and build infrastructure in the Scottish music industry.

The vision: retain more musical intellectual property and conduct more business in the music supply chain (including record labels, publishers, legal, finance, artist management, booking agencies and publicity) in Scotland.

Projects and Programmes

Innovation Agency

These projects and programmes are available to all music industry practitioners in Scotland and are funded by Creative Scotland.

  • Research
  • Resources
  • Workshops
  • Music Business Model Innovation

Industry Association

These projects and programmes are available to members of the SMIA.

  • Directory
  • Insights
  • Assets
  • Training
  • Lobbying and Liaison
  • Networking
  • Internationalisation
  • Member Benefits
  • Opportunities

Find out more about how to become a member of the SMIA.

The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award

Since its inauguration in 2012, The SAY Award has grown to become Scotland’s most popular and prestigious music prize. Developed by the SMIA with support from Creative Scotland, The SAY Award offers one of the UK’s most lucrative prize funds and champions the extraordinary strength and diversity of Scotland’s musical landscape.

Find out more about The SAY Award.