This is now the premier award for young traditional musicians in Scotland and many of our past winners have gone on to have successful careers in the world of traditional music. The final of this annual event takes place during the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow 2015 and performing in the finals can be the launch pad many young musicians need to kickstart their careers.
Entrants (aged 16–27 inclusive) must complete an application form – available via the website or telephone number below – and return it to the address provided along with a 10-minute recording of their playing, a short biography and paragraph explaining their commitment to a career in traditional music. Recordings must be sent to us on CD. Accompanists entering the award, eg guitarists or percussionists, may have a lead instrument on their recording. An adjudication panel will choose 12 semi-finalists based on their ability. All semi-finalists will be notified during the week beginning Monday 18th August 2014. The closing date for applications is Friday 4th July.
Simon Thoumire, Creative Director of Hands Up for Trad says “In our fifteenth year of the young trad award it is amazing to look back at all the fabulous musicians who have taken part. It is even more exciting to look forward to the array of talented young musicians that will enter this year! Scotland’s traditional music is in safe hands. ”
The winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015 will be awarded a recording session with BBC Scotland, performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards, one year’s membership of Musicians Union, and all finalists get one year’s membership of TMSA plus the opportunity to take part in the TMSA’s annual Young Trad Tour.
Download an application form from BBC Radio Scotland
or call 01419 422 616