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Trad Talk

TMF  and TRACS run discussion based events called Trad Talk involving contributors from across the traditional arts.

Our most recent one on March 2017 has 'Shaken the Tree'.  A write up of the discussions will be posted soon. But in the meantime thanks to Jen Hill for inspiring us to think about  gender inequality in traditional music and from how artists adapt and survive (or not) within an unforgiving business and how we encourage young people and especially young girls to perform and be active in music. Questions we will be taking forward include "why are so few women making the move into professional playing - where are all those girls who learn traditional music?", "how do we build confidence in young female musicians", "is the business too brutal?", "how can the business adapt to be more supportive of professionals", "how can we build sustainable models of business which support artists", "record companies need to understand the emergent audience and develop it more", "how do we embed a culture of social capital"...

An overall theme of working together to make traditonal music a more equal and sustainable scene emerged from the day which also looked at different models of producing, promoting and publishing music as well as financing. The TMF will be taking forward a working party to look at this based on the discussions from the 'taking a cooperative approach' session. 

In November 2015, the TMF ran a special trad talk event - Trad Talk Extra - with the theme 'Traditional Music, Where do we go from here?"

Click here to read the report from this event:

Trad Talk Extra 2015 report

Other reports of these events can be found here:


Teaching Musicians’ Gatherings

The Traditional Music Forum aims to support organisations working in non-formal traditional music education.  One of the ways we do this is through our regular Teaching Musicians’ Gatherings held in various centres across Scotland.  These offer musicians who work in non-formal settings opportunities for professional development in areas like group-work, reflection and evaluation, complementing member organisations’ own training.

Visit our Resources section for reports from the events.