“Made in Scotland“ is an initiative by the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Creative Scotland to give Scottish performers the chance to make showcase appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe. Up till now it’s been restricted to dance and theatre productions, but this year for the first time, there will be some featured music performances, which will “embrace all musical genres and will seek to present the best of Scottish music in the context of the Fringe to new audiences and international programmers”.
Musicians, bands and promoters who are interested in taking part can now apply online via the Creative Scotland website. The closing date for application is Friday 15th February, and the Made in Scotland music events will take place between the 14th and 18th of August.
The selected performers will receive help
“to support the costs of presenting work at the Fringe (as opposed to the costs of commissioning and creating new work) at a high standard and to minimise the financial risks this involves. The work can be new or existing repertoire.
“A programme of training and advice is provided to those selected to prepare for participation in Made in Scotland, supporting them to achieve their goals, including profile and touring opportunities. Additional support is also available to enable the selected musicians, bands and ensembles to take up international touring as a direct result of performances at the Fringe.”
The organisers are specifically interested in
- high quality, artistically ambitious music performances which promote the work of Scottish artists and are ‘export-ready’ for the international market.
- performances which involve Scottish-based musicians in international co-productions or in collaboration with international festival directors and promoters.
The scheme has already had quite a bit of publicity in the media (Scotsman, Herald, and BBC), so there’s bound to be a lot of competition. It would be great to see at least one jazz act making it on to the showcase though.
But would it be churlish of me to wonder just how jazz musicians are supposed to become “export ready” in future when a lot of the funding which supported the infrastructure necessary to get to that level has been withdrawn?