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Funding Opportunities

Fèis Rois is committed to supporting musicians and creative practitioners, including through funding opportunities where possible. Open project calls will be posted here when they are available.

Small Grants Scheme: Folk and Traditional Music

This opportunity has now closed.

In early 2021, we distributed £40,000 to twelve musicians across Scotland to devise and deliver their own youth music projects through the Youth Arts Small Grants Scheme as part of a Scottish Government Covid-19 Funding Package to support the arts. The grants, administered by Creative Scotland, aimed to create work opportunities for freelance musicians and to provide arts activities for children and young people, especially those most affected by Covid-19 and you can learn more about the projects we funded below.

The successful applicants will commence projects from the end of April this year and will have until March 2022 to complete their projects. They will also receive two training and networking sessions to support them with their projects.

About the successful projects

  • Iona Fyfe (Glasgow) – The Scots Singing for Wellbeing project; An online series of singing workshops offered to those living in Scotland between aged 17-25 who may be experiencing ill mental health. Although based in Glasgow this will be available to young people across Scotland.
  • Mairi-Therese Gilfedder (East Renfrewshire) – A series of concerts to introduce babies and toddlers to Scottish Music whilst creating a calm and welcoming environment for their parents and carers to socialise.
  • Catriona Hawksworth (Perth & Kinross) – This project will allow nursery pupils to have fun and work on listening skills whilst playing together and developing group-work skills, whilst also providing engagement with new sounds and language to help make up for lost time due to Covid-19.
  • Grant McFarlane (Renfrewshire) – A series of music-making sessions aimed at young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Working with Families First (Renfrewshire Council), the project will give young people and their families the opportunity to come together and make music through targeted workshops aimed at developing confidence and self-esteem.
  • Charlie McKerron (Highland) – Highland Council is currently working to set up a new education hub to support young people from both the Grantown Grammar and Kingussie High school catchments. Charlie’s project will embed music provision for these young people ahead of the development and will be delivered in partnership with Fèis Rois and Highland Council, and it will also provide training opportunities for two graduate musicians from the area.
  • Mischa Macpherson (Glasgow) – Free singing classes for young refugees and new Scots living in Glasgow.
  • Ailie Robertson (Glasgow) – The grant will support the development phase of a project which will create and share an enchanting live music experience for the very young.
  • Lilian Ross (Highland) – Workshops aimed at 0-5 year olds in rural settings, utilising storytelling, song, music, and art to help them develop listening, social, communication and team work skills as well as increasing their memory, fine motor skills and spatial awareness.
  • Gillian Stevenson (Highland) – Music making opportunities for primary school pupils from the Highland Virtual Academy (HVA).
  • Charlie Stewart (Perth & Kinross) – Seamab is a residential school near Kinross that cares for and educates children with additional support needs, and Charlie’s project will consist of several visits to the school to introduce traditional instruments and music.
  • Emma Tomlinson (East Ayrshire) – Funding to run the Ayrshire Traditional Music Summer School which will be held online, and free of charge, this year.
  • Anne Wood (Highland) – Providing early years music activities in rural Highland communities.
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