Partner Spotlight - Help Musicians

 Photo by Jannica Honey Photography

Photo by Jannica Honey Photography

Help Musicians UK is the leading independent charity for those working in the UK music industry. February 2018 marked the launch of #RootedInScotland, establishing Help Musicians Scotland (HM Scotland) and the charity’s permanent roots in the nation, with a dedicated Scottish office. HM Scotland is charity partner for this year’s Wide Days convention in Edinburgh.

Read on to find out more about the launch of #RootedInScotland and what that means for the Scottish music industry.

HM Scotland uniquely benefits Scottish musicians, provides bespoke Scottish programmes and campaigns, and links to the charity’s nearly 100 years of health and welfare support for the music industry. The dedicated team in Scotland will ensure HM Scotland reaches the entire country and celebrates the diversity of Scottish music.

The Launch
#RootedInScotland was celebrated with a series of events across the country, with the official launch gig taking place at Glasgow’s iconic King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on 1 February 2018, featuring an exclusive acoustic set from Scottish heroes Idlewild, supported by artists Be Charlotte, Indigo Velvet and SKJØR, all of whom have received support from the charity in the past. The launch was a huge success, with a sold-out venue and fantastic performances from all the artists. During the launch, HM Scotland announced its pledges, which include:

  •  Supporting musicians from every region in Scotland to gain access to HM Scotland’s services
  •  Training more volunteers to deliver health and welfare services to musicians in Scotland
  •  Ensuring a national voice for Scotland in its campaigns and appeals
  •  Working with like-minded organisations to ensure music services across Scotland are accessible
  • Supporting those working in the music industry by developing coaching and mentoring programmes
  • Supporting access to employment in the Scottish music industry through creative internships

Fundraising and launch events also took place in Edinburgh, Dundee, Dumfries and Perth, organised by supporters of the charity, including the Born To Be Wide 14 the birthday celebration with a panel featuring Scott Hutchison from Frightened Rabbit.

Fundraising for HM Scotland
As an independent charity, HMUK relies entirely on public support through donations, volunteering and fundraising, which are now more crucial than ever, due to the ever-increasing need and demand for its life-changing services and programmes.

Following the launch, HM Scotland received some incredible auction items from generous supporters. It is now calling on the Scottish public to help achieve its pledges to the Scottish music industry by bidding for these exciting items and experiences. From a guitar signed by the Scottish heroes Biffy Clyro, to tickets to sold-out shows, there’s something for every music lover.

You can find out more about the latest auction items by following HM Scotland on the social channels below:

Facebook: @HelpMusiciansScotland
Twitter: @HM_Scot
Website: rootedinscotland.org.uk

If you’d like to donate directly to HM Scotland, you can text HMSC18 followed by the amount to 70070, or visit helpmusicians.org.uk/support-our- work

Wide Days
HM Scotland is delighted to be partnering with Wide Days for the second consecutive year, and ensuring the conference is even more accessible by offering discounted tickets to Scottish musicians and industry professionals of all levels who would not otherwise be able to attend.

You can find out more about the bursary here: www.widedays.com/bursary

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