The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a not-for-profit trade body and membership organisation which exists to strengthen, empower and unite Scotland’s music industry.

As a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation (RFO), we work to create and nurture an inclusive membership community which reflects the full spectrum of Scotland’s music industry. We give voice to our membership when speaking to Government, Parliament and development organisations, and we both produce and support projects and programmes that stimulate sustainability, domestic and international growth, development and innovation in Scotland’s music sector. Our services, projects and events are designed to strengthen and increase the value of Scotland’s music industry on the world stage: economically, socially and culturally.

For further information on the SMIA and its services, projects and events please visit www.smia.org.uk.

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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. We 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. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

Further information at creativescotland.com.

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Stirling Council

Rooted in the heart of Scotland, Stirling’s blossoming urban city centre is surrounded by diverse rural communities.

The nation’s most cherished landmarks are found here, making Stirling alive with history, while a growing modern arts scene nurtures new cultural talent.

With a similarly diverse business sector, cultivated by new infrastructure and investment, Stirling aims to be a place where everyone can thrive.

Ticketmaster is the global and local market leader in live event ticketing, digital marketing, and mobile fan engagement tools that drive over 500 million tickets to fans in 30 countries.

Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 80 million tracks, including more than 4 million podcast titles, for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features for music including improved sound quality and an on-demand, offline, and ad-free music listening experience. Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 433m users, including 188m subscribers, across 183 markets.

Founded in 1934, PPL is the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO) for over 120,000 performers and record companies. We license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or broadcast (BBC, commercial radio, commercial TV etc.) and ensure that revenue flows back to our members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and globally renowned artists. PPL’s public performance licensing is carried out on PPL’s behalf by PPL PRS Ltd, the joint venture between PPL and PRS for Music.

We also collect performance rights internationally when music is played overseas in public and used on TV, radio and some online streaming services, as well as for private copying. International royalties are an increasingly important revenue stream for performers and recording rightsholders.

In 2021, in total, we collected £252.8 million across all of our revenue streams, while also distributing money to 147,000 performers and recording rightsholders.

The Youth Music Initiative is a music education programme with a vision to put music at the heart of young people’s lives and learning funded by the Scottish Government through Creative Scotland. Since its establishment in 2007 the programme has distributed over £140 million, transforming music learning facilities for children and young people across the country.

You can find out more about the programme on the Creative Scotland website


Youth Music believes every young person should have the chance to change their life through music. Yet our research shows many can’t because of who they are, where they’re from or what they’re going through.

Our insights, influence and investment in grassroots organisations and to young people themselves means that more 0–25-year-olds can make, learn and earn in music.

Youth Music is a national charity funded thanks to the National Lottery via Arts Council England, players of People's Postcode Lottery and support from partners, fundraisers and donors.

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At Brewgooder we believe that beer can be a force for good. That’s why our beer is Brewed on Purpose® to make waves in the world. We’re dedicated to brewing award-winning people positive beer with every serve helping to fund people & community projects undertaken by The Brewgooder Foundation.

Since 2016, our drinkers have helped to reach and empower over 160,000 lives worldwide, supporting projects that span vital areas such as clean water & sanitation, hunger, and inequality.

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Stirling Distillery is a family-run, hand-crafted spirits company situated in the shadow of Stirling Castle, on the castle rock. Known for our award-winning London dry gin, made with foraged Stirlingshire nettles, our unique offerings range from the classic to the eclectic, celebrating local history and folklore. We offer daily gin and whisky tastings, distillery tours and a weekly gin school, so book a visit today!

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Launched in July 2019, Music Declares Emergency acts to encourage the music industry to drive forward public understanding of the climate emergency and pressure governments to take immediate action on climate and biodiversity loss. Formed by a group of UK based artists and music industry professionals, Music Declares Emergency has now blossomed into a wide reaching movement with chapters across Europe and into South America, Canada and the US with supporters across the globe. ‘No Music On A Dead Planet’, the slogan that spearheads our work, has been seen on screens and stages across the world by millions. Our declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency has over 6000 signatures from leading artists and businesses within the global music industry, joining us in calling for net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and pledging industry action on environmental sustainability.

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