From delivering a teaching programme to booking a small scale tour, the funding will enable the bursary winner to take part in an activity and learn new skills that will enable them to grow as a musician. It will also allow them to strengthen the planning skills and procedures they will need to be able to pursue a successful career in traditional music.
The bursary is part a wider £50,000 ‘Inspiring Scotland’ series of awards announced as part of the Saltire Society’s 80th anniversary celebrations and made possible through support from the Saltire Society Trust. Hands Up for Trad will provide mentoring throughout the process to help ensure the winner gets maximum benefit from the bursary.
The £2,500 prize will be paid out in instalments so as to enable the winner to pursue their chosen project. The winner will also receive a special certificate as well as complimentary one-year membership of the Saltire Society. They will be expected to record their experiences visually via a dedicated website and will be encouraged to provide regular updates on their progress through social media.
To be considered for the bursary, applicants should submit a project proposal by Friday 26th August using the online application form on the Hands Up for Trad website. Their application should include a detailed description of the project they would undertake and how this opportunity would enhance their musical career. The bursary cannot be used to cover costs of recording or the purchase of an instrument.