Scotland on Tour: Strategies for Promoting the Scottish Music Industry

Adam Behr, Matt Brennan

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This report is the result of an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 'Cultural Engagement' project, conducted between February and May 2013 with the aim of identifying the strengths and gaps in provision of development support (including but not limited to financial support) provided by the state for Scottish music businesses.

A primary criterion for the Cultural Engagement research was that it involved a non-academics partner. In this case, that partner was the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA). Board members and non board members of the SMIA were interviewed as were representatives from the support agencies in Scotland.

We also conducted an online survey of the SMIA members regarding their knowledge of support provision and experiences of trying to access it. The SMIA co-operated on this research by advising on interviewees and by sending the online survey out to its membership.

The main recipient of this report, then, is the SMIA itself. Representative rather than exhaustive, its primary purpose is to provide the SMIA with information to assist it in developing strategies to promote Scottish music businesses domestically and abroad, and in developing its relationship with both its members and with government bodies.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Edinburgh/University of Glasgow/AHRC/Live Music Exchange
Number of pages49
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • music industry
  • scotland
  • live music
  • touring
  • south by southwest


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