Who We Are

Our Story

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 SMIA began its life as a trade body 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 joined Creative Scotland’s Regular Funding Network in 2018, 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 Scotland’s music industry.

Our Mission Statement

The situation: In the creative industries, and especially in music, Scotland has an abundance of creative talent but has lacked 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.