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Stay informed with the latest from the SMIA, including our own news, developments, and exclusive features, alongside key music industry updates from Scotland and beyond.

  • The SAY Award 2024 eligible album submission is live + we return to Stirling for this year’s ceremony

    The SAY Award 2024 eligible album submission is live + we return to Stirling for this year’s ceremony

    Scotland’s national music prize, The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award, has launched for 2024, inviting artists, music fans and labels to submit eligible albums and be in the running for the prestigious prize. Returning to Stirling’s Albert Halls for the third year running, The SAY Award will celebrate the cultural impact and contribution…

  • The first 20 names for PITCH – Scotland’s hip hop conference are announced including Elijah, Niko BACKSPIN, Alicia Raye, Psweatpants, Meduulla + more!

    The first 20 names for PITCH – Scotland’s hip hop conference are announced including Elijah, Niko BACKSPIN, Alicia Raye, Psweatpants, Meduulla + more!

    Pitch Scotland returns to Glasgow’s east end at Drygate Brewery over 22-23 August.  The third edition of the event will see Elijah – A creative consultant, lecturer, and artist who shares insights on sustainable creative production through ‘Yellow Squares.’, Niko BACKSPIN – Owner of Germany’s oldest active hip-hop magazine, BACKSPIN, and a veteran in German…

  • The MMF Accelerator Class of 2024 Is Here

    The MMF Accelerator Class of 2024 Is Here

    Congratulations to Aimmi Dunsmuir (Machina Management) and Jen Anderson (The Bothy Society) who are the Scottish representatives on the MMF Accelerator programme this year.  Accelerator remains the world’s only independent funding and professional development program designed exclusively for artist, songwriter, DJ and producer managers. They are among the 18 talented independent music managers who will participate in…

  • SMIA Board Member Anneliese Harmon Appointed to Creative UK’s EDIAG, Advocating for Diversity and Inclusivity in the Creative Industries

    SMIA Board Member Anneliese Harmon Appointed to Creative UK’s EDIAG, Advocating for Diversity and Inclusivity in the Creative Industries

    We’re proud to announce that Anneliese Harmon, a member of our 14-strong SMIA board, has been appointed to the newly formed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group (EDIAG). This initiative created by Creative UK, marks a significant step towards promoting greater equality, diversity and inclusion across the Creative Industries. Creative UK has established the EDIAG…

  • MMF ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME: A CONVERSATION WITH JIM FREW ON NAVIGATING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    MMF ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME: A CONVERSATION WITH JIM FREW ON NAVIGATING THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

    The MMF Accelerator Programme is the world’s only independent funding and professional development programme for music managers. The SMIA has been a proud partner on the programme since 2019, with the programme offering both financial and educational support including 12-month grants of up to £15,000, alongside expert-led professional development training.   A report published last year…

  • MMF Accelerator Programme: A Conversation with Kariss Andrews on Professional Development

    MMF Accelerator Programme: A Conversation with Kariss Andrews on Professional Development

    The MMF Accelerator Programme is designed for music managers looking to take their careers to the next level. Offering a comprehensive support system including funding, training, and mentoring, the programme is tailored to empower managers with the tools, knowledge, and network they need to excel in the rapidly evolving music industry.   The SMIA has…

  • Applications open for the MMF’s 2024 Accelerator Programme for Music Managers

    Applications open for the MMF’s 2024 Accelerator Programme for Music Managers

    The Music Managers Forum (MMF) and YouTube Music are delighted to announce that applications for the 6th year of the Accelerator Programme for Music Managers are now open.   The deadline for submissions is 10am Monday 26th February 2024. Full details can be found here.   Launched in 2019, Accelerator remains the world’s only independent funding and professional development program designed exclusively…

  • An End Of Year Member Message From Robert Kilpatrick; CEO and Creative Director

    An End Of Year Member Message From Robert Kilpatrick; CEO and Creative Director

    Dear SMIA Members,    It’s hard to believe that we’re now quickly approaching the end of 2023. On behalf of the SMIA team and Company Board, I’d like to wish you a relaxing festive period and all the best for the new year.   We’re aware that this can be a difficult time for many…

  • Dougal Perman, our SMIA Board Chair 2016 – 2023; Farewell Reflections

    Dougal Perman, our SMIA Board Chair 2016 – 2023; Farewell Reflections

    Dougal Perman was SMIA Chair from April 2016 to March 2023. He reflects on his time as chair, how the organisation has changed and how he found the role.   “Music, maths and love — the three universal languages.’’ So said great family friend, John, to me when his wife was tutoring me in maths…

  • NEWS: WE’RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE JEN HUNTER AS SMIA CHAIR + MORE

    NEWS: WE’RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE JEN HUNTER AS SMIA CHAIR + MORE

    Today we announce the appointment of Jen Hunter as our Chair of the SMIA Board, with Robert Kilpatrick also announced as CEO and Creative Director on a permanent basis following being appointed to the interim role earlier this year.   Jen Hunter will now lead the SMIA’s Company Board and support Kilpatrick in the setting…

  • NEWS: THE SCOTTISH ALTERNATIVE MUSIC AWARDS RETURN

    NEWS: THE SCOTTISH ALTERNATIVE MUSIC AWARDS RETURN

    The Scottish Alternative Music Awards (SAMA) return this year to Glasgow marking their fourteenth edition of the event, celebrating and putting a spotlight on underground music genres and artists from Scotland.   This year’s nominations represent 7 music awards, and were selected from 21 UK based industry professionals from organisations including Clash Mag, Tenement TV,…

  • NEWS: YOUNG FATHERS WIN THE SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD WITH ‘HEAVY HEAVY’

    NEWS: YOUNG FATHERS WIN THE SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD WITH ‘HEAVY HEAVY’

    Young Fathers ‘Heavy Heavy’ was announced as winner of The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award at the prestigious Ceremony in Stirling’s Albert Halls this past Thursday 26th October. Young Fathers claimed the title ahead of a Shortlist including Paolo Nutini, Becky Sikasa, Joesef and more, taking home £20,000 and the coveted title of Scottish…

  • NEWS: RESONATE 2023 – SCOTLAND’S MUSIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE UNVEILS PROGRAMME & SHARLEEN SPITERI KEYNOTE

    NEWS: RESONATE 2023 – SCOTLAND’S MUSIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE UNVEILS PROGRAMME & SHARLEEN SPITERI KEYNOTE

    Scotland’s music industry conference, Resonate, is back with its excellent 2023 line-up, scheduled for Thursday, 23rd November at Platform in Glasgow. This year’s highlights feature a keynote address by Sharleen Spiteri, vocalist of Texas.   Resonate, an annual music conference organised by the team at 23rd Precinct Music, is designed to accelerate learning, networking, and…

  • NEWS: THE SAY AWARD SHORTLIST 2023

    NEWS: THE SAY AWARD SHORTLIST 2023

    Today we revealed the SAY Award 10 Shortlisted albums in the running for the £20,000 prize and coveted national title, plus Paolo Nutini’s ‘These Streets’ is announced as the winner of 2023’s Modern Scottish Classic Award (chosen by this year’s Longlisted artists) and the five finalists for this year’s Sound of Young Scotland Award have…

  • OPPORTUNITY: SENSORIAPRO 2023 EVENT IN SHEFFIELD

    OPPORTUNITY: SENSORIAPRO 2023 EVENT IN SHEFFIELD

    SensoriaPro announces its 2023 line-up for Friday, 6th October at the Showroom Cinema in Sheffield.   This event gathers composers, filmmakers, music publishers, supervisors, games developers, and festival organisers to discuss the latest in music and film. With speakers, direct interactions with international buyers, and networking opportunities, SensoriaPro 2023 is a notable event in the…

  • NEWS: SMIA STATEMENT ON THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S CUTS TO THE CREATIVE SCOTLAND 2023-2024 ANNUAL BUDGET

    NEWS: SMIA STATEMENT ON THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S CUTS TO THE CREATIVE SCOTLAND 2023-2024 ANNUAL BUDGET

    “As part of the Autumn budget review, the Scottish Government has re-instated a 10% cut to Creative Scotland’s 2023-24 annual budget (totaling approximately £6.6m), which following mass campaigning from the cultural sector, was overturned earlier this year. As the organisation which exists to strengthen, empower and unite Scotland’s music industry – representing a diverse membership…