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Here is some information on the current members of Traditional Music Forum.  

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Development Organisations

The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland

The TMSA advocates for our shared Scottish inheritance and unspoken need for everyone and anyone to engage with and participate in our own diverse Scottish cultures.  The TMSA believes that grass roots participation in traditional music and song is fundamental to the culture of Scotland.  It organises festivals, sessions, concerts and workshops throughout the country, and campaigns for and promotes traditional music and song.


National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs

The NAAFC’s member clubs are found throughout Scotland promoting accordion and fiddle music played in the Scottish style.  It publishes a monthly magazine, Box and Fiddleand runs festivals and competitions throughout the year.


Hands Up for Trad

Hands Up for Trad is an organisation dedicated to increasing the profile and visibility of Scottish traditional music through information, education and advocacy.  It organises the annual Scots Trad Music Awards, the Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition in association with BBC Radio Scotland, the Tinto Summer School for young musicians aged 12-16 and administers the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.    It also administers and co-produces Distil, the creative development project for professional traditional musicians working in the field of contemporary composition.


Horsecross Arts

Horsecross Arts is a multi-arts organisation based in Perth, working primarily in music, theatre and new media.  Through our Creative Learning department, and with funding from Creative Scotland, we are currently building ourselves to be a venue-based talent hub for Scottish traditional and Gaelic music where we will help develop early career musicians through collaboratively working with other trad/Gaelic music organisations across Scotland.



The main focus of  Ceòlas is a music and dance summer school featuring expert tuition in piping, fiddling, singing, Scotch reels and Quadrilles, step dancing and the Gaelic language. It is set within the Gaelic-speaking community of South Uist and explores the vital connections between Scottish traditional music, Gaelic song and dance. Ceòlas also works throughout the year offering many different events like concerts, ceilidhs, symposiums, etc as well as working with other people in the community to enhance and encourage our language and culture.


Butterstone Management and Events

Management and Scottish agency for Dougie MacLean, organisers of The Perthshire Amber Festival, manages Butterstone Studios and Limetree Arts and Music Publishing


Association of Festival Organisers (AFO)

The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.




Burnsong celebrates the art and power of songwriting in Scotland. Songs are at the heart of contemporary Scottish culture. From the historic fame of Robert Burns, to the unknown singer pouring her life and heart into song in her bedroom, to the global commercial successes of Scottish bands and artists, songs matter to people in Scotland. Past Burnsong projects include The Gathering songwriting competition, the Songhouse residency and workshops and conferences including bringing the UK Songwriting Festival to Scotland.


Drake Music Scotland

Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading arts organisation providing music making opportunities for people with disabilities. Our expertise in inclusive music technology and specialist teaching methods support people of all ages and a wide range of disabilities to play, learn and compose music independently. Our biggest achievements to date include setting up Inclusive Classroom,   our flagship education programme for special and mainstream schools, implementation of our acclaimed training and CPD programme,  our innovative developments in technology, and most recently the introduction of Figurenotes.


Traditional Arts Development

Traditional Arts Development is the successor organisation to Inform, which was set up in 1992 as a development agency for the traditional arts.  Among its achievements was the founding of The Living Tradition magazine, Living Tradition Summer schools, Common Ground Scotland and The Tradition Bearers.  

Traditional Arts Development is a community interest company.Its latest projects are to establish Adelaides as a folk music venue in Glasgow; peace/war themed shows under a title of Only Remembered and a 'history' project concept called 'Silent Movies on the Radio'.


Scots Language Centre

The Scots Language Centre exists to further the interests of the Scots language and its speakers. 


Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

The mission of RSCDS is to grow a vibrant worldwide community of Scottish Dance and Music. With nearly 12,000 members in over 450 branches and affiliate groups across the world, their network provides many opportunities for people to learn and develop their skills in Scottish Country Dance and associated music. This includes music schools which offer participants an opportunity to come together to learn and experience playing for Scottish Country Dancing,  and to also share ideas and repertoire.


Transgressive North

TRANSGRESSIVE NORTH is a music and film collective based in Scotland. Our organisation consists of film-makers, composers, musicians, writers, visual artists, and more. We work independently and with other organisations to produce and release arts projects.


Scottish Music Industry Association

The SMIA exists to champion and strengthen Scotlands music industry. They run events, training, panels and the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) awards.


Scotlands Towns Partnership

Scotland's Towns Partnership is Scotland’s largest towns’ collective; representing and promoting the diversity of our towns and places, and supporting those organisations and groups that have an interest in or ownership of them.


Big Music Society

John Mulhearn and Calum MacCrimmon initiated The Big Music Society as a multi-platform musical venture with the aim of creating new and exciting performance contexts for Ceòl Mòr (lit. Big Music), Scotland’s oldest piping tradition.  Since it’s conception, The BMS have commissioned and staged new music from leading performers such as Murray Henderson, Allan Macdonald, Fraser Fifield, Matthew Welch and bagpipe supergroup, Tryst.


Martyn Bennet Trust

The Martyn Bennett Trust exists to protect and promote Martyn's music but have also been involved in several musical charities/projects in Scotland and overseas. 


Fraser Shaw Trust

The Fraser Shaw Trust was set up in memory of a much loved and wonderful musician who passed away in May 2015 after battling with MS and eventually PML. The Trust raises funds for MS charities through a range of projects celebrating Fraser and his music including festivals, concerts, recordings, whisky tastings and more.