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GREAT EVENTS THIS AUGUST AT MERLIN ACADEMY OF MUSIC

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TRAD ARTS SMALL GRANTS FUND RETURNS In 2014/15 Enterprise Music Scotland have been given an allocation of £35,000 to distribute to small arts projects. There will only be one application deadline – Friday 10th October 2014 at 5pm.

Individuals/Organisations can apply for up to £3,000 for projects involving the following:

  • Scottish Traditional Dance
  • Scottish Traditional Music
  • Scottish Traditional Storytelling

You can find further information and an application form on our website: http://www.enterprisemusicscotland.com/discover/traditional-arts-fund/

All applicants should also fill in an Equalities Monitoring Form which can be downloaded from the website.
Examples of projects funded in the most recent round of awards (Summer 2014) is available here: http://tmblr.co/ZSUENs1HnN07L

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INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN SCHOOLS

The following exchange took place in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 25 June.

Nigel Don (Angus North and Mearns) (SNP):

10. To ask the Scottish Government what importance it attaches to musical instrument tuition in schools. (S4O-03410)
The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages (Dr Alasdair Allan): We attach great importance to instrumental music tuition in schools. In late 2012, we announced the setting up of an instrumental music group under the chairmanship of David Green. The group reported in June 2013 and made 17 recommendations, which were all accepted in full or in part by the Government.

In November 2013, we established the instrumental music implementation group, again under David Green’s leadership. That group has been working hard to take forward the recommendations and developing more support for local authorities.
Nigel Don: The minister will recognise, as I do, that musical skills are not the only aspect of instrumental skills, which also bring some very real social benefits.

It seems that local authorities continue to find musical instrument tuition to be an easy budget to prune. I recognise their financial circumstances, but does the minister share my concern that we might be going back to a situation in which instrumental skills are the preserve of the rich?
Dr Allan: It would certainly be disappointing if any local authority were to take that attitude. There has been a good degree of consensus between local authorities and the Government throughout David Green’s activities to ensure that we do not create or maintain a situation in which instrumental music tuition is the preserve of any one social group.

It is important that David Green has, for the first time, put together a national vision for instrumental music tuition to ensure that we give it the place that it deserves in our education system. It is worth noting that, over the past 11 years, the Scottish Government has put £97 million into the youth music initiative, which is designed to ensure that instrumental music is available to the widest possible group of young people.
Mary Scanlon (Highlands and Islands) (Con): I welcome the new vision—and, indeed, David Green’s recommendations—but does it include access to bagpipe tuition? I note that in some local authority areas, bagpipe lessons are offered in every secondary school, whereas in others such lessons can be offered in less than a quarter.
Dr Allan: The member will be pleased to note that I share her enthusiasm for bagpipes. Although the report does not specify individual musical instruments, it encourages local authorities to take cognisance of local musical traditions and ensure that they are respected and promoted.
Alex Rowley (Cowdenbeath) (Lab): Is the minister willing to come to my constituency and look at a bagpipes project that has been set up in primary schools by the local area committee? If people are to continue to play bagpipes and if pipe bands are to continue to be part of Scotland’s heritage and communities, we need to take the issue into the primary schools. I would very much welcome it if the minister came and looked at the project.
Dr Allan: I am more than happy to take up the member’s invitation, and I take this opportunity to praise the National Piping Centre and the other organisations that work with schools and young people in this area.

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GORDON DUNCAN EXPERIENCE AND NEW GDE TRAINING BAND

THERE ARE NOW TWO WAYS TO BE PART OF THE GORDON DUNCAN EXPERIENCE

 
ONE
You must be:

·         Grade 6 standard or above (or relative skill level)

·          Aged 13-18

Audition for the main band. We are looking for young musicians from all over Scotland for the 2014/15 season. Please note that applications close on Fri 18 Jul.
Contact: creativelearning@horsecross.co.uk or ring 01738 477730 for further information.
 
TWO
You must be:
·         Grade 3 standard or above (or relative skill level)
·         Aged 12-16.
Join our new non-auditioned band – the Gordon Duncan Experience Training Band.
To book places in this band you will need to apply directly to Horsecross Arts Box Office (01738 621031) or in person at Perth Concert Hall from Sat 1 Jul. For more information please contact creativelearning@horsecross.co.uk  or ring 01738 477730.
The Gordon Duncan Experience is a unique youth trad orchestra as at home playing trad tunes by ear as it is in working on complex scored arrangements and although the style is based in the Scottish tradition it also draws from other musical genres such as jazz, classical, and rock.
The band, which is based at Perth Concert Hall and run by Horsecross Arts, is named after innovative Perthshire piper Gordon Duncan. Musical Director, David Milligan, is supported by a range of young tutors who are making their own mark in the traditional music world including Steven Blake, Patsy Reid, Mairearad Green, Anna Massie and James Lindsay.
All instruments are welcome and although the current line-up includes one or more of the following instruments; fiddle, cello, bass, guitar, flute, oboe, cor anglais, clarinet, tenor and alto sax, trumpet, accordion, piano, kit and of course pipes, the band is keen either to have more of the above or instruments not on this list. So if you are interested in a range of musical styles and trying something a bit different, then the Gordon Duncan Experience is for you.
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WOMEX DISCOUNT, SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, 22ND – 26TH OCTOBER

The Horizons partnership (a partnership between Creative Scotland and arts councils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland) have secured a WOMEX registration discount for Scottish music organisations and artists of €205 plus VAT until the Guide Rate deadline of August 29th. The price will then go up to €270 (plus VAT) until the Late Rate deadline of September 26th and the onsite Walk Up Rate will be €295 (plus VAT). This is a limited offer so please register early. Apply here.

WOMEX is the world music expo showcasing brilliant artists and hosting a busy trade fair. For more information on Womex see: www.womex.com

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