Musicians, bands, artists and venues will be able to apply to a £750,000 Scottish Government fund to bring new and additional concerts to venues and festivals in Scotland next year. 

Scotland on Tour will support the staging of concerts across the whole nation between January 2022 and January 2023. 

Funded by Scottish Government and organised by Active Events, the decision making panel includes representatives from across the music industry, as well as Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, XpoNorth and South of Scotland Enterprise. 

The fund is expected to open for applications in October 2021. Participating artists, venues and festivals will be announced later this year.

Jenny Gilruth (Culture Minister) said: “Due to the impact of COVID-19, I know many concerts from 2020 and 2021 have been postponed – leaving little opportunity for artists to perform new concerts in traditional venues or concert halls up until late 2022, or even spring 2023. 

“So I am very pleased to announce Scotland on Tour, a fund to help artists, venues and the wider music industry by creating new concert opportunities across Scotland next year. 

“The fund is not only an exciting opportunity for artists and venues, but also for Scottish audiences, who will have the chance to see the best of Scottish music right on their doorstep.” 

Lisa Whytock (Director, Active Events) said: “The past 18 months have been exceptionally challenging for musicians and promoters around Scotland. 

“This fund will allow new concerts from professional musicians to take place across the country, bringing world class performances to cities, towns and local communities whilst simultaneously supporting production companies and skilled freelancers in their delivery. 

“We are extremely excited about the project and would like to wholeheartedly thank the Scottish Government for their investment.” 

Further details on how to apply will be released soon. To register your interest email info@scotlandontour.com 

Further information here 

Source: Scottish Government 

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