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Are you going to WOMEX 2014 or thinking of going? (A Horizons artist from last year describes what it was like here.)


In October 2014, WOMEX travels to Galicia and we’re here to help you make the most of the event.

Creative Scotland is managing the Horizons (Scotland/Alba) programme at the Horizons stand. We are your point of contact if you are a Scottish based WOMEX delegate.
For more info visit:
The Horizons partnership have a delegate discount rate of €205 available,which goes up to €275 after August 29th.
If you want to make sure your details are in the WOMEX guidebook you must complete your WOMEX registration by August 29th.
To register:

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The Horizons stand at WOMEX 14 will be found on Level -1 of the trade fair. View the map here. The daytime venue is the the Cidade da Cultura centre, 15707 Santiago de Compostela.

WOMEX have announced 32 artists in their official showcase programme so far, including English act Spiro. More artists will be announced, as well as conferences and the DJ Summit lineup over the coming weeks.
The Scottish act Rura will be performing on the off-Womex Horizon stage.  They will have special guest Misha MacPherson also performing on the Horizon stage.

Horizons (Scotland/Alba) is part of the Horizons partnership with Ireland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Horizons (Scotland/Alba) is supported by Creative Scotland and British Council (Scotland).

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EMS is looking for a Vice Chair to join the Board in November 2014. 
The Vice Chair will join the organisation at an exciting time in its continuing development, as we embrace innovative practice and develop new projects to complement our existing core activity. As part of the board you will be involved in governance matters and support the EMS staff team to continue to develop our work. The Vice Chair will be appointed with a view to becoming Chair after an agreed period of time.Enterprise Music Scotland (which administers the Trad Arts Small Grants Fund among other things) are looking for an individual who has board experience, strong strategic skills and who has worked within and/or has a keen interest in classical music and/or other arts forms.

The board meet 6 times per year. The meetings take place on a Friday in either Glasgow or Stirling.

This post is a voluntary position with no remuneration, however reasonable expenses will be covered.

EMS is a registered charity and is funded by Creative Scotland.

To apply please email a short CV or biography with a cover statement outlining your skills, expertise and why you would like to be a member of the Enterprise Music Scotland Board.

For further information, please contact or call 0141 221 1876, or visit

The deadline for applications is 31st August 2014 at 17:00, with interviews due to take place in Sep/Oct. The successful applicant will take up post in November 2014.

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The Scottish Mentoring Network is delivering accredited training in Mentoring for arts organisations and artists working in learning settings.  This may be of interest to you or teaching musicians you work with as mentoring may be one of the ways in which non-formal organisations can better support the development and practice of their teaching staff. Jo Miller of Riverside Music in Stirling has just submitted her report on a pilot mentoring project she ran with the Scots Music Group on our behalf.  I’ve attached a copy below.
A limited number of places is being held for youth music organisations / providers, who can apply for funding from the YMI CPD fund. Deadline is October 3.  
See link below
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The Musicians’ Union & MCPS 1-2-1 advice sessions are an opportunity for MU members to discuss your issues or questions with the experts, face to face.

You may wonder if you require a license for your website? Or what you should be paid for composition? Whatever your question, we look forward to meeting you and helping you navigate the more complicated areas of the music industry.

Times, dates and places:

12pm – 4pm
Tuesday 12 August
Costa Coffee within the Princes Mall, Princes St, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ

12pm – 4pm
Wednesday 20 August
Musicians’ Union, 1 Woodside Terrace, Glasgow G3 7UY

12.30pm – 4pm
Tuesday 26 August
Lorne Bar, Stevenson St, Oban, Dumfries PA34 5NA

12pm – 4pm
Thursday 28 August
Oasis Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries DG1 1LW

11am – 3pm
Tuesday 30 September
The Tolbooth, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE

To book a free 30 minute advice meeting, email
or tel 0141 341 2961.

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Friday 8th August is the start of an eight-date double bill tour two of Scotland’s most dynamic composers Celtic Connections New Voices Commissions. The tour supported by Creative Scotland will revisit Angus Lyon’s ‘3G’ and Duncan Lyall’s ‘Infinite Reflections’ taking them to new audiences starting on the 8th August in An Tobar before hitting the mainland at Glasgow’s CCA on the 9th.

’3G’ and ‘Infinite Reflections’ have been performed at Celtic Connections Festival, firstly as premiers in 2011 and 2012 respectively, and then as a special double bill in 2013 which also seen the launch of their recordings. The New Voices programme provides emerging composers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their new music.

Angus and Duncan are joined by a stellar line up featuring seven top Scottish musicians – Ali Hutton, Innes Watson, Chas MacKenzie, Alyn Cosker, Patsy Reid, Iain Sandilands and Fraser Fifield. The ambitious project will visit 7 venues across Scotland and St Pancras Old Church in London for the first time.

Duncan Lyall explains,

“This tour sees us teaming up with the same band using the same musicians on both pieces, so we’ve made a few alterations to the music to suit the musicians we are working with. So it is going to be a bit of adventure musically as well as on the road.”

The tour starts at An Tobar, Isle of Mull on the 8th August before heading to the CCA Glasgow on the 9th August. There is a bit of a break before launching into some interesting journeys between the 3rd and 10th September starting on 3rd at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline; 4th Sept Roxy in Edinburgh; 5th Sept, Plockton High School; 6th Sept Lyth Arts Centre, Wick; 7th Sept the Gardyne Theatre, Dundee; before concluding at the St Pancras Old Parish Church in London on the 10th September.

This project is being supported and coordinated by Glow Arts a Glasgow based arts company that project manages a variety of programmes to support arts and provide access to high quality arts events. Jennifer McGlone, Manager says.

“The idea behind the tour was to take these new works to audiences that had not had the opportunity to experience them live as they had only been performed in Glasgow during the festival. Due to the size of the ensembles and the composers diaries it would have been difficult for them to achieve this without support from Creative Scotland”.

This is a one-off special tour that shouldn’t be missed.

More information about the tour is available at and video at 

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