Wide Days was launched in 2010 and is Scotland’s only music-business convention. In 2014 it was named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards and was runner up in the same category in 2015.
Wide Days has attracted key music industry players from the UK, US, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands, and in 2014 featured a special focus on the German music market. Moreover, the conference was used for the Scottish launch of the Music Venue Trust, as well as the Off Axis gigging network.
Wide Days 2015 included showcases by Kathryn Joseph, who went on to win the Scottish Album of the Year Award, as well Mercury Music Prize-nominee, C Duncan. Honeyblood, PAWS and Garden Of Elks, were all signed as a result of appearing at the event, while many more artist have been booked for festivals, gigs and radio experience.
Parent company, Born To Be Wide, was launched in 2004, as a social evening for people in the Edinburgh music scene and in 2012 was incorporated as a Community Interest Company. It stages music business seminars, showcases and the Off The Record youth events, as well as bespoke panels for other organisations.