Bur­sary ben­e­fit for trad mu­si­cian

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

SIX months from now, the win­ner of a new £2,500 bur­sary to sup­port young Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­si­cians will be un­veiled, co­in­cid­ing with St Andrew’s Day.

Set up through a part­ner­ship be­tween the Saltire So­ci­ety, an in­de­pen­dent char­ity, and Hands Up for Trad, an or­gan­i­sa­tion set up in 2002 to pro­mote Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­sic, the new bur­sary is now open for ap­pli­ca­tions.

The launch co­in­cides with the Saltire So­ci­ety’s 80th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions and is part of a busy pro­gramme of spe­cial events and awards planned through­out the year. The win­ner of the award will be an­nounced at a Saltire Cel­e­brates event at the Òran Mòr mu­sic venue in Glas­gow on Novem­ber 30.

From de­liv­er­ing a teach­ing pro­gramme to book­ing a smallscale tour, the fund­ing will en­able the win­ner to take part in an ac­tiv­ity and learn new skills that will en­able them to grow as a mu­si­cian. It will also al­low them to strengthen the plan­ning skills and pro­ce­dures they will need to be able to pur­sue a suc­cess­ful ca­reer in tra­di­tional mu­sic.

The £2,500 prize will be paid out in in­stal­ments to en­able the win­ner to pur­sue their cho­sen project. The win­ner will also re­ceive a spe­cial cer­tifi­cate as well as com­pli­men­tary one-year mem­ber­ship of the Saltire So- ci­ety. They will be ex­pected to record their ex­pe­ri­ences vis­ually via a ded­i­cated web­site and will be en­cour­aged to pro­vide reg­u­lar up­dates on their progress through so­cial me­dia.

To be con­sid­ered for the bur­sary, ap­pli­cants should sub­mit a project pro­posal by Fri­day, Au­gust 26, us­ing the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion form on the Hands Up for Trad web­site. Their ap­pli­ca­tion should in­clude a de­tailed de­scrip­tion of the project they would un­der­take and how this op­por­tu­nity would en­hance their mu­si­cal ca­reer.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able by con­tact­ing Si­mon Thoumire at info@hand­sup­for­trad.scot.

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