Open for applications: Wide Days 2021 Artist Development Programme

28 Jun 2021


In partnership with PRS Foundation the Wide Days 2021 Artist Development Programme will support six acts based in Scotland, to develop opportunities internationally (including the rest of the UK).

Applications are now open to solo-artists and bands of any genre and are now extending the opportunity to studio-based creators – songwriters, composers, producers and DJs making original music.

Successful applicants will benefit from the following support:

Two day-long workshops will be hosted, including a professional photo shoot and video interview, and we’ll have experts covering topics such as collection societies (PRS, PPL and MCPS), social media, law, preparing for industry events and health. Acts will also be given bespoke mentoring from a relevant industry expert following the showcase.

All acts will receive a professionally produced filmed showcase, broadcast as part of the Wide Days Convention on 12-13 August, and also shared publicly. The set will be shot in a high-quality venue or studio environment, and acts will have access to the footage after the event to use for promotion.

Ongoing support
Beyond the showcase opportunity, acts will receive ongoing support from the Wide Days team, including a post-event meeting to identify and follow-up on any immediate outcomes. This will be followed by three check-in sessions (Oct, Dec, Feb) to assist artist development and industry opportunities.

If selected, you will be provided with the following package:

  • Professionally produced filmed showcase and interview.

  • Two mentoring events in advance of Wide Days to prepare for the event and subsequent opportunities.

  • Professional promotional photoshoot (worth £500).

  • WD21 and WD22 convention passes for each performer and one representative.

  • High quality backline.

  • Dedicated promotion of participating acts including PR and social media.

  • Ongoing support to highlight and develop further opportunities.

  • £200 fee to cover expenses.

  • Additional support available for acts who face additional barriers to participating.

Application deadline: Monday 5 July 2021, 23:59

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The Scottish Music Industry Association 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 here.

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