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Traditional Music Forum

About the TMF

The TMF is a network of around 80 music organisations supporting Scotland’s vibrant traditional music community. We include clubs, festivals, community music projects, academic institutions, promoters, agents, publishers and labels among our members; representing a broad sweep of diverse activity and thousands of musicians, enthusiasts, activists, participants and listeners across Scotland.

The Traditional Music Forum, supported by Creative Scotland, aims to be:

  • Visible – and available, a first point of contact;
  • Vocal – a credible and authoritative advocate for traditional music;
  • Valuable – an effective representative of traditional music organisations in Scotland.

The Forum aims to advocate the place for traditional music at the heart of Scottish life and to promote the widest possible access to it. It is a key resource for information and advice on traditional music for Creative Scotland and other public bodies.

TMF Members

The TMF is made up of around 80 member organisations. They represent the wide range of people taking part in traditional music across Scotland.

Trad Talk & Teaching Musicians Days

The TMF organises several networking and development events throughout the year, including Teaching Musicians' Gatherings and the Trad Talk conference.

Trad Music & You

Find out about your opportunities to get involved with traditional music; from listening, to booking a musician, to learning.

Latest Blogs

Trad Talk 2015: Crossing Points

This year’s Trad Talk day, which took place at the Scottish Storytelling Centre on Saturday 28th March, had the theme Crossing Points. Where are the points where our interests and experiences...

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When Burnsong commissioned me to research the possibility of bringing a Folk Alliance International (FAI) event from North America to Europe – and specifically to Scotland - I talked to a lot of...

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Music and Loneliness

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