Showcase Scotland Expo Opportunities


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Deadline: Jan 30th 2014

Showcase Scotland Expo is offering an opportunity to Scottish artists to showcase internationally supported by Creative Scotland. Three opportunities exist:

The ECMA’s

The Eastern Canadian Music Alliance

2 – 6 April 2014

DownloadedFileShowcase Scotland Expo have negotiated a memorandum of understanding with the ECMA’s, this will see Scottish artists showcasing at the event for the next three years. Two or three artists will be selected to perform in front of delegates from North America as part of a Scottish reception and also the festival itself.


The Visit

30 April – 4 May 2014

50 North American Festivals and agents will visit Scotland between the 30th of April and 4th of May. They will see concerts from Scottish artists in Paisley Abbey, Mull Theatre, An Tobar Mull and The Queens Hall Edinburgh. Each ‘delegate’ has agreed to book a minimum of two artists from the trip. A public audience will also exist for some of the concerts.


Australasian World Music Expo

20 – 23 November 2014994913_398272746940806_806369894_n

For the third year Scottish artists will be given an opportunity to perform at AWME in Melbourne, Australia.  This has to date been immensely successful and artists perform in front of delegates from Asia and The Pacific Rim. Artists will be provided with a small fee from AWME and funding towards the cost of flights and accommodation to Australia will be provided by Showcase Scotland Expo.  Artists are responsible for visa costs and applications procedures.


How it works

Each artist will be selected from a shortlist compiled by a panel of Music Industry specialists from Scotland. The final selection will be by the festival or promoter producing the concert, so the ECMA’s, venues involved with the Visit and AWME will have the final say.  Artists will be paid a small fee for their showcase by the hosting event and funding will be provided by Showcase Scotland Expo towards the cost of hotels and flights in Canada and Australia.

Who can apply
All artists based in Scotland can apply. These events are for traditional, world, folk and  acoustic music and so we seek applicants from those genres.

The criteria is that the artists are business ready. This means that they are positioned to take full advantage of the opportunities presented. They should be professional musicians with a track record of success. It is preferable, although not essential that they have management or agency in place. They should have released at least one album and be able to evidence favourable reviews and press coverage.
Artists can apply for all three opportunities and will not be penalised for doing so.

How to apply
Complete the following application form(s) and return to by January the 31st.


Charlie McKerron Music Week in association with the Insider Music festival



Charlie McKerron Music Week in association with the Insider Music festival.


17th -21st June 2013, Inshriach House.

Learn from the best then party with the rest.

In an unusual collaboration of education and entertainment, Scots fiddle supremo Charlie McKerron has teamed up with the organisers of the Insider festival to put together what may be the finest music school of the summer.

The inaugural Charlie McKerron music school schoolwill take place on the Inshriach Estate between 17th and 21st June.

On the strength of the tutor line up alone, Charlie’smusic school seems to have it covered, with Lauren MacColl, Dezi Donnelly, fellow Session A9ers Adam Sutherland and Gordon Gunn, plus Duncan Chisholm and the ever outstanding Ross Ainslie and Tim Edey, and for international flavour, India Alba’s fiddle guru Sharat Srivastava – the tutors line up is as powerful as you could ever wish.

Then you factor in that it runs in the week up to the Insider festival, one of the under the radar gems of the summer festival calendar, renowned for the quality of its tunes, its fine food and its amazing mountainous backdrop on the Inshriach estate, and that it will share all its infrastructure with the festival.

Monday to Friday teaching, complete with food and camping, is £350, with discounts for locals staying at home. We will also be offering one day courses with each tutor for £75 per day.



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“The Music Producers Guild has welcomed a new form launched by recording rights collecting society PPL which makes it easier for studio producers to register their involvement in sound recordings, which is important for ascertaining any neighbouring rights a producer may be due, which in the UK mainly means a share of public performance royalties oblivious of contractual agreements. The MPG, which was consulted alongside other industry trade groups by PPL, says the new ‘Eligible Studio Producers Form’ should overcome some past issues.

MPG boss Steve Levine told CMU: “The MPG has been working very closely with PPL and members of the PPL Performer Board and PPL main board, to formulate a method by which studio music producers can confidently and properly claim for their share of all the income streams deriving from the public performance of the sound recordings that they produce and contribute to”.

He continued: “There have been recent examples of major artists querying the rights of the studio music producer to receive this equitable remuneration on previous, often legacy, sound recordings they worked on. These have been dealt with by PPL on a case-by-case basis, as very often there is little or no documentation, and the memory of events and the original sessions can change over time. This has resulted in substantial additional administration time and costs for PPL and in some cases lengthy and acrimonious disputes between producers, artists and their managers”.

He concluded: “This situation could not continue and I am really pleased that PPL has taken steps to clarify exactly how a studio music producer can qualify”.

There is more information about the new form at

Source: Direct Quote from CMU Daily



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Who is it for: Songwriters

Scots songwriters are offered the chance of joining the UK Songwriting Festival — to be held for the first time in Galloway in August 2012 — for a week of intensive support and tuition.

Bath Spa University will bring their distinguished tutors including Joe Bennett, Boo Hewerdine, Jez Ashurst, Andy White and Ivor Novello-nominated Snow Patrol collaborator Iain Archer, to Scotland for the first time for a five-day intensive songwriting boot camp which will take place at Shennanton House in rural Galloway between August 12th and August 17th 2012. All participants will then, over two gigs in Bladnoch Distillery, showcase what has been achieved with their fresh new songs premiered to an invited audience.

Deadline: Saturday 12th May 2012 at Noon

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Who is it for: Individual Musicians, Composers and Groups working in any genre

The Emerging Excellence Awards offer grants up to £3,000 to individual musicians, composers and groups working in any genre, to fund an important development opportunity, project or extended programme of activity that will have a lasting impact on their professional career.

Deadline: Monday 21st May 2012

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Taking place at Teviot Row House Edinburgh, on 11&12 April 2012, Wide Days offers a broad range of cutting-edge seminars and workshops as well as an evening of showcases from some of Scotland’s emerging acts.

If you have been to Born To Be Wide nights or Go North then you will have had a good taster of what will be on offer for the two days and if not, you can watch the various Wide Days videos from last year to get a feel for the kind of talks that will be taking place during the day. Topics range from Modern A&R to Getting Gigs Abroad making for a diverse range of discussions:

If you’re starting out it really is the best way to get to grips with current music industry discussions and have your say alongside being able to talk to panelists afterwards. We recommend that if you are in a band and have some music online and want to get your music heard then take along cards or a small flyer with a link to your music.  Moo MiniCards with a Soundcloud or Bandcamp link are great but anything that people can carry around with them easily is always best.

General priced tickets for the two days are £45 (+ booking fee) but if you’re off work / college and fancy a stay over in Edinburgh you’d be best to make the most of it and opt for the special hostel package at £55 (+ booking fee). This gets you access to both days activities and a bed for two nights at the Art Roch Hostel in Grassmarket.

So do yourself a favour, instead of buying yourself loads of Easter Eggs treat yourself to some wide days.

Music Showcase Links: 

Sneaky Pete’sHoneyblood & Homework

The Third DoorMichael Cassidy & Quickbeam

Electric CircusDonna Maciocia, Honningbarna & Lady North

For: Bands | Artists | Singer Songwriters | Music Students | Music Industry Peeples

Tickets available here.

Billy Kelly Songwriting Award 2012 Launch Night


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Tonight sees the launch of the fourth Billy Kelly Songwriting Award at Oran Mor, Glasgow, in association with The Skinny.  It all kicks off as a free Acoustic Session/Open Mic night at 8pm and is hosted by Tommy Reilly where you can pick up information and application forms for entering the 2012 event.

All unsigned songwriters, regardless of whether they are solo performers or in bands are invited to take part with a prize worth £5000 up for grabs.

The award organised and overseen by Jamie Webster, bookings manager at Oran Mor commented that:

“The basic idea of the process is we help the act get it together and help them get a record out, then we get them on tour and get them in the press.  We give them a good start, its not a like a five year process, they get a year of our time to help them shape their careers and get them in the right places. But after the course of that record, it’s back over to them to use that help in a positive way.  It’s important to stress that this is less a competition and more an award. It’s simply breaking the song down. We look at the lyrics and the song’s arrangement and often give credit just for ideas and the musicianship”.

Four heats will take place in July and August. Each act will be required to perform a set of three original songs. Then the panel of judges will select one winner from each heat, who will be guaranteed a place in November’s final. Each heat runner-up will still have a chance to make it through. They will be invited to take part in a semi-final, along with two ‘wild cards’ chosen by the judges.

“We try to get as big a variety of acts as we can. We do get a lot of acoustic singer-songwriters, so we try our best to encourage people from others genres. No one should be put off by it” says Webster.

Thursday 20th March 2012

Oran Mor, Glasgow.

Doors 8pm 

T Break Submissions Open


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Showcasing new talent at T in The Park since 1996, T Break is one of the ultimate gigs for many emerging artists in Scotland.  With over a 1000 demos received last year it’s certainly tough but not impossible.

T Break

One of the bands that shone through last year were Edinburgh based electronic outfit ‘Discopolis‘ who closed the T break stage on the Sunday night.  They went on to feature at No9 in NME’s top 20 new bands to watch in 2012 and released an album in Japan due to demand. Another was ‘The La Fontaines’ that drew a massive crowd resulting in the tent having to be temporarily closed in a scottish hip-hop, rock, pop driven frenzy.

Submissions: To apply for 2012 complete the entry form found at accompanied with a link to your 3 best tracks that are hosted on Soundcloud.  If you don’t have a Soundcloud account you can create one here.

Submission Dates: Open NOW – Close on April 2nd.

Festival Dates: 6th – 8th July 2012.  You can keep up to date on the T Break Facebook page.

SAMAs 2012


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This week saw the Scottish Alternative Music Awards take place in the Glasgow Garage.  Running for the 3rd year it has become progressively bigger and better and looks set to become a firm fixture within the Scottish music calander.

SAMAs 2012 Bwani Junction

The winners in no particual order were:

  Best Live Act: We Were Promised Jetpacks

  Best Newcomer: Bwani Junction

  Best Rock/Alternative: Fatherson

  Best Acoustic: Brown Bear & The Bandits

  Best Metal: Ten Tonne Dozer

  Best Electronic: Fridge Magnets

  Best Hip Hop: Madhat McGore

With the purpose of highlighting emerging artists to new audiences the multi genre awards ceremony and performances worked really well.  A packed out house of happy people can’t be a bad thing for all those involved. 



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This video is a few years old but still relevant.  It gives you an insight into the ‘Youth Music Intitiative’ that is run by Creative Scotland*.


For further details click here.

*Please note that it says Scottish Arts Council in the video.  This is now part of the newly formed Creative Scotland.

The Scottish Music Industry Directory: How To Add Your Details


SMID are currently compiling information on all active Scottish practitioners within the music industries and supporting services. It’s main focus will be on contemporary or popular music activities with the view to delivering a one stop shop for information.

There are many directories out there but none that focus specifically on Scotland. Huge chunks of regional data is usually missing or out of date and it is hoped that SMID will fill in the gaps.

Who will use it? Practitioners, Bands, Artists, Students and anyone with interest in the Scottish Music Industries.

Why do you want my information? We are hoping to collate information from as many people as possible to ensure that the most comprehensive information is avaialable. You don’t have to be an industry veteran to be included. If you actively work in music we want to include you.

How will it be delivered? By harnessing the use of a new technology the directory will be delivered online in a very visual way. Not specific we know but we’d rather keep those details private just for just now. If you would like to discuss this privately we are more than happy to discuss it further.

It is then hoped through developement that print and app formats will soon follow but our main focus at the moment is collecting as much information as possible. We hope that this will be of use to you and many others in the very near future.

To be added to the directory click here.