Scottish Music Centre understands the importance of promoting and championing Scotland’s music talent beyond our borders. We’re involved in a number of partnership projects that bring a variety of benefits to our music sector:
Since 2013, Scottish Music Centre have partnered Creative Scotland, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, Federation of Scottish Theatre and the British Council to deliver the music strand of this major showcasing event that takes place during the Edinburgh Fringe every August. Made in Scotland brings world-class dance, theatre and music to the attention of a wide audience of invited international festival promoters.
SMC’s Executive Director, Gill Maxwell, sits on the steering group of this well-established annual event which takes place in the frame of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in January. The showcase primarily highlights folk, roots and acoustic music; two hundred international festival promoters and venue programmers attend each year to book our artists for gigs and tours.
Showcase Scotland Expo
With support from Creative Scotland, the EXPO initiative ensures a Scottish presence at many of the key industry events and conferences worldwide. Through its network of relationships, EXPO arranges showcase opportunities for our artists at such prestigious events as the Australian World Music Expo (AWME), Babel Med (France) ECMA (Toronto) and WOMEX.
In a more recent development of Showcase, in May of each year forty international delegates from one —or a group of —neighbouring European countries visit Scotland for a three-day showcase and networking event which takes place in three different towns or cities. Delegates include record label owners, publishers and industry bodies as well as festival and venue programmers.
We are members of the Bonn-based organisation EMC, which numbers over 100 European music organisations, and holds an annual conference (hosted by us in Glasgow in 2013). EMC is a subgroup of the International Music Council, the global umbrella body, which holds biennial conferences that we also attend where possible. This year, as a membership benefit, SMC is promoting Scotland’s music sector free of charge from the EMC stand at the WOMEX expo in Budapest.