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Scottish music industry body announces five year plan

By | Published on Friday 25 November 2011


The Scottish Music Industry Association has announced a five year plan to “create a stronger, more united music industry in Scotland”. Among the initiatives planned are a series of Independent Label Market style events, a new training programme supported by the Music Managers’ Forum, and various projects to promote Scottish music, including managing Scotland’s presence at SxSW.

Confirming the new plan, SMIA Chair Tam Coyle told CMU: “The SMIA has enormous potential. We have an excellent board with an appetite to change Scotland’s music industry for the better; the events and initiatives currently being developed are enormously exciting and should help the SMIA to become a unifying, proactive advocate for Scotland’s music industry. By driving our membership recruitment, the SMIA can employ its financial resources into delivering initiatives for the industry, by the industry, without having to rely on external funding in the longer term”.

The SMIA is backed by the Scottish government funded Creative Scotland body, a rep from which – Caroline Parkinson – told us: “Creative Scotland works with networks across a range of arts and creative disciplines and we are delighted to begin working with SMIA and its newly developed plans for their work with the Scottish music industry”.