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More about the TMF

All involved with the TMF help to deliver our collective vision for traditional music in Scotland:

"Traditional music as a vital and diverse element of Scottish culture, valued by people and communities, locally, nationally and internationally."

What we do to make it happen

  • Advocating for, lobbying for and demonstrating the value of traditional music across policy and political environments - We are a key resource for Creative Scotland, Cross Party Working Group on Arts and Culture, Scottish Governments Music Education Strategy Group, Heads of Instrumental Teaching Scotland (HITS), amongst others...
  • Being a key resource on traditional music for agencies and decision makers - Agencies we work with include  Education Scotland, Museums and Galleries Scotland, VisitScotland, and the Social Enterprise Network.  
  • Encouraging members to make new contacts and have access to mutual support
  • Enabling knowledge exchange across members - not only through the website and newsletter but through events such as TradTalk.
  • Providing opportunities for learning and skills development - Last year we piloted a mentoring scheme for teaching musicians and across 2017 and in to 2018 plan to develop that further.  Over the next year and into 2018 we will be carrying out regional events where members and anyone with an interest can come together to share information, network and learn from each other. In 2018 we will also update our Census of Involvement in Traditional Music. 
  • Widening access to and participation in traditional music - through hosting events such as our up and coming Young Trad workshop and concert at Innerleithen Music Festival and also through campaigning and lobbying to ensure all can access traditional music who want to access it.

The small staff team are able to do all of the above because we are supported by the members. Members matter as members help to shape the thinking, the activities and the hands on work of the Forum.  Please join us.