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  • NEWS: RESONATE ANNOUNCE FIRST WAVE OF SPEAKERS + ARTIST OPEN CALL

    NEWS: RESONATE ANNOUNCE FIRST WAVE OF SPEAKERS + ARTIST OPEN CALL

    Resonate, a music industry conference organised by the team at 23rd Precinct Music, has announced its first list of guest speakers for the 2023 event. Scheduled for 23rd November 2023 at Platform, Glasgow, the conference has been a platform for music practitioners from Scotland and beyond since 2017. The event will feature panels, workshops, demonstrations,…

  • NEWS: THE SAY AWARD LONGLIST 2023 ANNOUNCEMENT

    NEWS: THE SAY AWARD LONGLIST 2023 ANNOUNCEMENT

    Now in the running to win the coveted title and ¬£20,000 first¬†prize, we’re delighted to announce¬†The SAY Award Longlist for 2023; as whittled down from a record-breaking 437 eligible albums by 100 impartial industry Nominators:   Andrew Wasylyk – Hearing The Water Before Seeing The Falls Becky Sikasa – Twelve Wooden Boxes Bemz – Nova’s…

  • NEWS: SCOTTISH AWARDS FOR NEW MUSIC 2023 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    NEWS: SCOTTISH AWARDS FOR NEW MUSIC 2023 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    The annual Scottish Awards for New Music were held this past Friday 1st September 2023 at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Hosted by Susanna Eastburn MBE, the Scottish Awards for New Music unveiled the most notable of Scotland’s contemporary music talent.   The winners: Dorico Award for Small-scale Work: David Fennessy for “Jack for…

  • Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) appoints Robert Kilpatrick as Interim CEO and Creative Director

    Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) appoints Robert Kilpatrick as Interim CEO and Creative Director

    We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Kilpatrick as Interim CEO and Creative Director, who commences post with immediate effect. He will now lead the SMIA‚Äôs executive team and work with the company‚Äôs board to increase the value of Scotland‚Äôs music industry both at home and on the world stage; economically, socially and culturally.¬†…

  • OPPORTUNITY: SMIA BOARD CHAIR

    OPPORTUNITY: SMIA BOARD CHAIR

    We are seeking an experienced executive with a wide ranging knowledge of the Scottish music industry to chair the Scottish Music Industry Association.   About SMIA The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) exists to strengthen, empower and unite Scotland‚Äôs music industry, and increase its value on the world stage: economically, socially and culturally.   Our…

  • NEWS: DECLAN WELSH & THE DECADENT WEST CHOSEN FOR 2023 STEP UP FUND

    NEWS: DECLAN WELSH & THE DECADENT WEST CHOSEN FOR 2023 STEP UP FUND

    The Glasgow-based band, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, is one of the recipients selected for the 2023 Step Up Fund. This initiative, spearheaded by the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Amazon Music, aids independent artists in accelerating their career growth.   The band comprises Declan Welsh, a prolific songwriter, guitarist Duncan McBride, bassist Ben…

  • NEWS: SCOTTISH TALENT RECOGNISED IN POWER UP SELECTION

    NEWS: SCOTTISH TALENT RECOGNISED IN POWER UP SELECTION

    Congratulations to Gill Eliver (Uninvited) and Mark Tremaine (TBS Entertainment) who are among the 40 selected people from within the UK to take part in this year’s POWER UP Participant Programme.   Power Up, co-founded by PRS Foundation and Ben Wynter, works alongside several industry giants including YouTube Music, Beggars Group, Spotify, and the Black…

  • NEWS: THE SOUND OF YOUNG SCOTLAND AWARD 2023 OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS

    NEWS: THE SOUND OF YOUNG SCOTLAND AWARD 2023 OPENS FOR APPLICATIONS

    Today, we’ve opened applications for an award to support new Scottish talent; the Sound of Young Scotland Award.¬†Emerging Scottish artists can now apply to win a funding package worth over ¬£10,000 to support the creation of their debut album, with the award supported by Help Musicians, Youth Music and the Scottish Government‚Äôs Youth Music Initiative…

  • NEWS: Here, There and Everywhere: UK Music Report Reveals Music Tourism’s Powerful Impact

    NEWS: Here, There and Everywhere: UK Music Report Reveals Music Tourism’s Powerful Impact

    UK Music, the collective voice of the UK music industry, has unveiled its Here, There and Everywhere report, which reveals the huge contribution of music tourism to the UK economy.¬†¬† The new report outlines the impact of the eagerly anticipated resurgence of live music in 2022 ‚Äď the first full year of post-pandemic festivals, gigs…

  • NEWS: PITCH SCOTLAND 2023 ANNOUNCES MORE SPEAKERS + ARTISTS

    NEWS: PITCH SCOTLAND 2023 ANNOUNCES MORE SPEAKERS + ARTISTS

    Pitch, Scotland’s international convention of hip hop and underground culture, has announced more speakers and artists for their key full weekend event which takes place across Glasgow venues Saint Lukes, Many Studios and the Drygate Brewery on Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August 2023.   LaJoyce Brookshire, a publicist for legends such as Aretha…

  • NEWS: SAY AWARD 2023 CALLS FOR ELIGIBLE ALBUM SUBMISSIONS

    NEWS: SAY AWARD 2023 CALLS FOR ELIGIBLE ALBUM SUBMISSIONS

    We’re proud to announce that¬†Scotland‚Äôs national music prize, The Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award is back for 2023, with eligible album submissions now open. The SAY Award will return to Stirling‚Äôs Albert Halls for this year‚Äôs award ceremony, where the artist with the winning album will collect a ¬£20,000 prize alongside the coveted…

  • NEWS: PITCH SCOTLAND FIRST WAVE ANNOUNCEMENT & ARTIST OPEN CALL

    NEWS: PITCH SCOTLAND FIRST WAVE ANNOUNCEMENT & ARTIST OPEN CALL

    Pitch, Scotland’s international conference of hip hop and underground culture, announces the first tranche of artists and speakers taking part in the event set for the weekend of Saturday 19th August and Sunday 20th August across three venues in Glasgow.¬†   Taking place at live music venue Saint Luke‚Äôs, creative hub Many Studios and Drygate…

  • News: The SMIA Announce Newly Appointed Company Board

    News: The SMIA Announce Newly Appointed Company Board

    The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) today announces the appointment of ten new Directors who have joined our Company Board.   The newly-appointed Directors are Andy Duggan (Agent ‚Äď Music Division, WME), Anneliese Harmon (General Manager, Music Managers Forum), David Mogendorff (Head of EU Artist Services, TikTok), Dougie Brown (Event Producer, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival),…

  • OPPORTUNITY: STAGEHIRE SCOTLAND – STAGE CREW REQUIRED

    OPPORTUNITY: STAGEHIRE SCOTLAND – STAGE CREW REQUIRED

    Stagehire Scotland presents a unique opportunity for hardworking and dedicated individuals interested in joining a professional stage crew for upcoming summer events. This role, while physically demanding, offers participants the chance to be a part of Summer‚Äôs major events across Glasgow and beyond.   The duties involved in the role include: Constructing and dismantling stage…

  • NEWS: RISE UP! FESTIVAL 2023

    NEWS: RISE UP! FESTIVAL 2023

    Rise Up! Returns this Friday 5th & Saturday 6th of May 2023 to celebrate Black and People of Colour creatives in Scotland, featuring a weekend of events at the Music Hall and the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen.¬†   The event has been curated by We Are Here Scotland and commissioned by Aberdeen Performing Arts, bringing…

  • Meet The Industry Event by Heel Toe Promotions

    Meet The Industry Event by Heel Toe Promotions

    Heel Toe Promotions are hosting a Meet The Industry Event – a student ran all-inclusive day of live music performances, trade stalls, networking opportunities, and music industry panels. Taking place Sunday 30th April 12pm-6pm at Princes House in Glasgow, all ticket proceeds will be donated to the Clutha Trust.¬† Offering a ‚Äúpay what you can‚ÄĚ…