We are delighted to share that the Scottish Government has launched a new touring fund for live music – great news for our members and the region!

Musicians, bands, artists and venues will be able to apply to a £750,000 fund to bring new and additional concerts to venues and festivals in Scotland next year. Scotland on Tour will support the staging of concerts across the whole nation from between January 2022 and January 2023.

The Touring Network will sit on the steering group alongside Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, XpoNorth and South of Scotland Enterprise.

 Participating artists, venues and festivals will be announced later this year.

 Director of Active Events Lisa Whytock said:

“The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for musicians and promoters around Scotland.

“This fund will allow new concerts from professional musicians to take place across the country, bringing world class performances to cities, towns and local communities whilst simultaneously supporting production companies and skilled freelancers in their delivery.

 “We are extremely excited about the project and would like to wholeheartedly thank the Scottish Government for their investment.”

 Head of Music at Creative Scotland, Alan Morrison, said:

 “At the height of the pandemic, Active Events applied to Creative Scotland’s Open Fund for a research project that would identify community partners and increase touring opportunities for musicians when restrictions finally lifted.

 “This bold vision for recovery has blossomed into a new touring fund, supported by the Scottish Government, that will breathe life back into the live music sector across the entire country.

 “It’s extremely encouraging to see how a seed that was sown in darker times is growing into a major year-long programme that will bring music fans and professional artists of all genres back together again.”

Further details will be announced soon as to how artists and venues can apply to the Scotland on Tour fund, which is expected to open for applications in October 2021. Registrations of interest to the fund can be recorded by sending an email to info@scotlandontour.com. All members are welcome to email us directly for advice before expressing interest. 

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