Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.

They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.



PRS for Music had been supporting new music since 1953 by reacting to applications for support as and when they arrived. In the late 60s, PRS for Music was receiving so many applications that it set up a Donations and Awards Committee which, by the late 90’s, was distributing about 1/4 million pounds per year.

In 1999, as part of its drive for greater accuracy and efficiency in royalty distributions to members, the PRS for Music Board charged a taskforce of PRS for Music staff and Board members to determine the best way of consolidating and continuing its support for new music in the UK. Their research resulted in the launch of an independent charitable foundation for new music of any genre: PRS for Music Foundation which now receives £1.5m per year from PRS for Music.



Eventbrite is the world's largest event technology platform. We build the technology to allow anyone to create, share, find and attend new things to do that fuel their passions and enrich their lives. Music festivals, venues, marathons, conferences, hackathons, air guitar contests, political rallies, fundraisers, gaming competitions — you name it, we power it. Our mission? To bring the world together through live experiences.



Since 1921, it’s helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long term difficulties and enjoy retirement. As well as providing advice and guidance, it gives financial and emotional support. For many, it is a lifeline.

Help Musicians UK plays a vital role in supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. It improves the quality of life for retired musicians by providing regular payments and social visits. It also offers grants and provides opportunities for emerging and graduate musicians.


PPL issues licences to hundreds of thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the UK playing recorded music and/or music videos in public. PPL also licenses music suppliers to copy recorded music for services such as in-store music systems, jukeboxes, compilations for exercise classes and in-flight entertainment systems. PPL members range from session musicians and emerging artists to major record labels and globally successful performers – all of whom are entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recorded music. Through agreements with over 50 music licensing companies around the world, PPL is also able to collect royalties for its members globally.


The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) was set up in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry. Their membership encompasses individuals and organisations working across all sectors of Scotland’s music industry, including promoters, record labels, studios, artist managers, distributors and more.  The SMIA has two core objectives, to strengthen Scotland’s music industry internally and to champion the industry both domestically and internationally.  The SMIA delivers the SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award, Scotland’s national music prize, lobby government on behalf of its members, and offer informal support, such as by doing introductions to new contacts and companies. 


With some of the most outstanding music industry programmes in the UK in one place, Perth College UHI offer courses from NQ Access to Music and Sound through the BA Honours in Popular Music or BA Honours in Music Business to Masters in Music (MMus).



EmuBands provides a simple but powerful digital music distribution service for artists, and record labels, to sell music online through the world's major digital music services. In a non-exclusive deal, artists and labels earn 100% of the royalties generated from sales/streams, and maintain full ownership and control of their rights, and with a simple one-off pricing model, there are no annual fees.