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Help Musicians UK launches Scottish operation

Industry charity Help Musicians UK (HMUK) is to launch a permanent Scottish operation, Help Musicians Scotland (HMScotland), it announced today.

Glasgow-based HMScotland, which aims to help all those working in the Scottish music industry, will be inaugurated with an acoustic Idlewild-headlined show, Rooted in Scotland, at King Tuts (300-cap.) on 1 February.

The opening of the Scottish office follows HMUK’s launch of its first regional office, in Northern Ireland, in 2016. The charity hopes by 2021 to also have a regional presence in Wales, the Republic of Ireland and the north of England.

Claire Gevaux, director of HMScotland, comments: “After a year of listening and reflecting on the needs of the Scottish music scene, I’m excited to see HMScotland launch in a few weeks.

“We are wholly committed to being an impactful national charity”

“I look forward to sharing more of our ambitions at the launch on 1 February 2018 when we will set down our permanent roots across the whole of Scotland.”

Richard Robinson, HMUK’s chief executive, adds: “Following a successful launch in Northern Ireland in 2016, this marks HMUK’s second permanent regional operation.

“We are wholly committed to being an impactful national charity, and our new Scottish operation will aim support and enrich the musical landscape of Scotland by taking an entrepreneurial and proactive approach to programming, supporting and giving.”

Further Rooted in Scotland events will be announced in the coming days.

HMUK last year launched Music Minds Matter, a campaign to raise funding for a new 24/7 mental-health service for people working in music, following the suicide of Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington.


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