Distil is a twice yearly gathering of musicians rooted in folk and traditional music, but who are interested in expanding their creative horizons into other other areas of musical practice. With the continuing success of Celtic Connections’ New Voices programme, and with other commissioning opportunities, an increasing number of musicians is becoming interested in creating music that goes beyond the boundaries of 32 bar dance and traditional song forms.
Distil, which was established in 2002, allows musicians to work with experienced practitioners from other music worlds: jazz, orchestral, contemporary, in a mutual exchange of ideas and experience.
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The next edition of The Visit will take place in the Highlands of Scotland and in Orkney between 18th and 24th May 2020 (exact dates within this period tbc). APPLY HERE Successful applicants will have the opportunity to showcase for our delegates who will comprise European festivals, venues and agents with a focus this time on Northern European and […]
The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. Deadlines: 30 June 2019 for £250 prize; 31 Jan 2020 for £2500 prize. The John Byrne Award is Scotland’s biggest competition for young, emerging artists. Our aim is to encourage a discussion about societal values by […]
An informal, practical workshop focused on budgeting and funding productions. Funding Productions Facilitator: Michael John O’Neill and Steph Connell Thursday 18 July, 6:30pm – 9:30pm Tron Theatre £6 (£3 MAKER members) Capacity: 12 Level: All Suitable for: Producers, performers, theatre makers, writers, directors Join Tron Theatre’s Artistic Producer Michael John O’Neill and Project Coordinator/ Freelance […]
We’re delighted to offer a second round of our new grants scheme to UK musicians and professionals looking for creative development opportunities in Russia. The Russia grants scheme is for individual musicians and professionals (e.g. composers, conductors, performers, librettists, sound artists, event producers) who have an existing interest in or contact with Russia and who […]
The Transmission Fund provides grants of £500 – £1,500 to fund opportunities that focus on developing your creative practice. The Transmission Fund provides grants of £500 – £1,500 to fund opportunities that focus on developing your creative practice and furthering your professional development at a crucial point in your career. We know that musicians’ career […]
The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10k The Writer Producer Fund is delivered by PRS Foundation in association with the BASCA Trust. The BASCA Trust provides education and grants, and raises public awareness […]
This was published on the Traditional Music Forum website. Hello, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Becca. I’m a harp player who works with two wonderful projects: Tannara and HEISK. When I was originally asked to contribute to this blog I was initially delighted. However, I started to think: honestly? me? Why […]
I read this very interesting news article the other day by Stephen Raskauskas and thought you might like to see it! A new study conducted by O2, a company which owns some of United Kingdom’s largest music venues, and Patrick Fagan claims that attending live concerts can help increase life expectancy and improve overall well-being. […]
Entries are now open for the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award. The event has been running since 2001, raising the profile of Scottish traditional music and recognising rising talent in the genre. Last year’s winner from the six finalists was fiddle player Benedict Morris from Glasgow. The competition is […]
Here’s an excerpt of a great blog from Austin Kleon. I never feel like I have a book in me. I always feel like there’s a book aroundme. It’s like I’m a planet and there’s all this space junk orbiting me, and all the junk starts smashing together and forming book chapters. My job is to grab that […]