Putting traditional music at the heart of Scottish life

Welcome to the Traditional Music Forum

The TMF is a key participant in the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Culture, the Music Education Partnership Group, Culture Counts and Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland (HITS) to name a few.

A key resource on traditional music for agencies and decision makers

Agencies we work with include Education Scotland, Museums and Galleries Scotland, VisitScotland and the Social Enterprise Network. In 2018 we will update our Census of Involvement in Traditional Music and continually monitor where research needs to be updated or carried out.

Providing opportunities for skills development

We piloted a mentoring scheme for teaching musicians in 2017 and in 2018 we plan to develop that further.

Widening access to & participation in traditional music

Our Wayfarers project brings together early career trad musicians and local young people, with projects in Kirriemuir and Islay slated for 2018. Our aim is that all who want to access traditional music can access traditional music.

Enabling networking & learning across membership

At our annual Trad Talk members come together to discuss issues and take forward new ideas. Our most recent Trad Talk explored issues around the trad music gigging economy. Working with members, we produced a quality framework and code of practice for organisations and musicians working in non-formal education.

A communications hub for traditional music

Through our website, newsletter and social media channels, we continually showcase the activities of our members and share news, events, and information. The support of the members enables the small staff team to do that effectively.

Members matter as members help to shape the thinking, the activities and the hands-on work of the Forum.

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Traditional Music & You

The Wayfarers

Angus and Islay young people took part in a development and performance project inspired by traditional music with trad musicians Sally Simpson, Calum Morrison and Josie Duncan.

Coordinated by the Traditional Music Forum and TRACS.

Funded by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s Traditional Arts Development Fund.

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