SMIA Workshops: Building A Career In Scotland’s Music Industry

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As part of the SMIA’s innovation-led development programme, designed to help nurture business talent and build infrastructure in Scotland’s music industry, we will be hosting this free entry ‘Building A Career In Scotland’s Music Industry‘ workshop in partnership with XpoNorth at The Ironworks in Inverness, taking place on Monday 30th March 11am – 1pm.

About the Workshop

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a membership organisation and innovation agency which exists to represent and develop Scotland’s music industry. Incorporated in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry, the company has since 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. Our flagship project is the annual Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award celebrating Scotland’s musical output.

As General Manager, Robert Kilpatrick is responsible for the day-to-day management of all SMIA services, projects and events. Overseeing company operations, Robert’s role includes delivering the SMIA’s industry training events (workshops and masterclasses), research projects, membership activities and project managing the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, the SMIA’s flagship project.

Robert has previously worked as Events and Marketing Executive at music licensing organisation PPL, based in their London office. Robert has been involved with the SMIA since 2014 and undertook the role of Projects and Operations Manager before becoming General Manager in April 2018.

Blue Kirkhope is the SMIA’s Communications and Events Executive. Over the past 5 years Blue has primarily been working with well-known independent record labels based out of their London offices, including the Beggars Group affiliated Matador Records as Label Coordinator before her PR & Marketing Manager role at Erased Tapes Records where she worked with a range of established artists worldwide during her time south of the border.

Originally a Glasgow native, she has first-hand experience within Scotland’s music scene helping to nurture and publicise local talent. She has since returned to home soil with a wealth of experience to help Scotland’s music industry excel, with equality, diversity, inclusion and climate change issues at the forefront of her work.

Together they will explain ways in which you can approach the music industry and explore opportunities to help you build a career.


  • Understanding the landscape
  • Gaining experience
  • Building contacts
  • Where to get help
  • Professional development
  • Routes to employment/building your business

Just make sure to RSVP for your FREE ticket.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Interested in joining the SMIA? As well as free entry to SMIA workshops, our members are entitled to many more benefits geared to support, strengthen and develop Scotland’s music professionals and music industry.

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the SMIA’s ethos. We are inclusive, progressive and positive. Join and help the music industry in Scotland excel. You can join now via our website, or for more information, please email us at

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Scottish Music Industry Association

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