Putting traditional music at the heart of Scottish life

Welcome to the Traditional Music Forum

The TMF aims to develop, sustain, support and maximise the potential of traditional music in Scotland.

A key resource on traditional music for agencies and decision makers

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), the European Folk Network to name a few.

Agencies we work with include Education Scotland, Museums and Galleries Scotland, National Library of Scotland and the Social Enterprise Network.

Knowledge and Understanding

Our report ‘Working as a Traditional Musician in Scotland’ looked at the economic realities of life for musicians at all career stages.

Skills Development

The TMF’s TradMentor scheme works with teaching musicians across Scotland.

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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Latest News

The Latest from Traditional Music Forum

Blas Festival to celebrate Scotland’s coasts and waters

(Photo above – Mike Vass) Brand new music and song will showcase Highland talent This year’s Blas Festival, which will take...
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Finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021 Announced

Congratulations to the finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021. After a splendid semi-finalists concert held at BBC...
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40th anniversary of Island Gaelic music organisation celebrated online

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Fèis Bharraigh, a Scottish Gaelic language organisation promoting literature, music, drama and culture on...
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