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Showcase Scotland opportunity in Canada


SHOWCASE SCOTLAND EXPO will present a showcase of Scottish artists at the internationally renowned music festival, ECMA’s. Supported by Creative Scotland, the Showcase forms part of an export strategy for Scottish artists which has been developed by the Showcase Scotland Expo Steering group and Creative Scotland along with an international steering group of music industry professionals. Taking place in Sydney, Nova Scotia between the 15th & 17th April 2016, ten artists will be shortlisted by a panel of industry professionals and will be sent to the ECMA who will select 2 to perform at the festival as well as at a Scottish reception. The ECMA’s are one of the most relevant export events in Canada with festivals, promoters and media from Canada and the USA attending.

Showcase Scotland are seeking applications from artists to be selected to perform at this prestigious event. The application form below should be completed and emailed along with any supporting materials to by 30 November 2015.

The Showcase Scotland Expo Panel will be selecting up to 10 artists to recommend to the ECMA’s panel who will then select the artists to perform.

The selected artists will be provided with an international travel bursary and funding towards accommodation. 

Each artist will perform once in the festival itself and once at the Showcase Scotland Reception. Backline can also be provided. Visas are the responsibility of the artist.


Guidance Notes

1. Artists’ work must be rooted in the Folk, World, acoustic or Roots genres.

2. Artists will have a demonstrable track record of performance in the UK including for example live reviews, festival and venue performances.

3. Artists must be able to demonstrate the ability to maximise the promotional opportunities that Showcase Scotland Expo affords eg. strong web and social net working presence, credible mailing lists, promotional product for the event, EPK/Live footage available.

4. Artists must be able to articulate their rationale for applying and relevance to their career.

5. Artists must be willing to undertake press interviews etc. as required for the Showcase Scotland Expo showcase.

6. Artists must be able to provide access to three tracks by providing a soundcloud link.

7. Evidence of existing international interest or support is desirable.

8. Artists must be available to perform in Sydney, NS on the 15 – 17 April 2016.

9. Artists must agree to the ECMA performance being the only performance in Nova Scotia in the month of April 2016.

10. Artists must agree to provide evaluation as required to the Showcase Scotland Expo Steering Group. This will include financial information regarding onward bookings secured from the Showcase.

Applicants are asked to complete the Showcase Scotland Expo at ECMA’s application form and return to by 30 November 2015.

Download the form.