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Help Musicians UK, the independent charity for those working in the UK music industry, has announced the launch of its permanent new Scottish operation.

Scottish band Idlewild will be playing an exclusive acoustic set at King Tut’s to mark the occasion.

The intimate gig in the iconic venue will take place on 1 February 2018 – the same day as the official opening of the Help Musicians Scotland (HM Scotland) operation in Glasgow.

Set to perform a live set alongside Idlewild’s acoustic performance are Scottish musicians Be Charlotte, Indigo Velvet and SKJØR – all of whom have received support from the charity in the past.

Rod Jones of Idlewild commented: “Idlewild are absolutely thrilled to support the launch of Help Musicians Scotland at one of our favourite venues. We’ve played some really special gigs at the venue, the first 21 years ago and a five-night stint in 2008, so it’s truly an honour to return for such a great cause.

“Help Musicians Scotland do amazing work to support musicians at all stages of their career. We’re planning a special acoustic set for the evening and fans should expect a fitting set-list to mark a landmark moment for the Scottish music industry.”

HM Scotland is the new regional dedicated office from HMUK and has been created to empower Scottish musicians and those in the Scottish music industry who require help, advice, opportunities, even health and welfare support grants.

With nearly a 100 year history of helping musicians, HMUK has identified Scotland’s music industry, with its rich history of Scottish talent and growing music scene, as needing further targeted investment to sustain its future.

HM Scotland will provide bespoke programmes and campaigns to provide opportunities and support for those in the Scottish music scene.

All of the funds raised in Scotland will stay in Scotland to help support the industry and its needs.

Regional presence

The opening of the dedicated office, resources, programmes and team in Scotland follows HMUK’s successful launch of the first office in Northern Ireland in 2016.

The charity has an ambition to have a regional presence by 2021 in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and the North of England.

Claire Gevaux, director of HM Scotland, commented: “After a year of listening and reflecting on the needs of the Scottish music scene, I’m excited to see HM Scotland launch in a few weeks. 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, Chief Executive of Help Musicians UK, added: “Following a successful launch in Northern Ireland in 2016, this marks HMUKs second permanent regional operation. We are wholly committed to being an impactful national charity, and our new Scottish operation will aim to support and enrich the musical landscape of Scotland by taking an entrepreneurial and proactive approach to programming, supporting and giving.”

HM Scotland told Access that Rooted in Scotland events will be announced in Perth, Dundee, Edinburgh and Dumfries. These events aims to demonstrate HM Scotland’s commitment to maintaining a presence across the whole of Scotland, not just in Glasgow.

HM Scotland is with a number of partners, including:

  • SMIA
  • Creative Enterprise Office
  • 23rd Precinct
  • Music Business School
  • Born to be Wide
  • Expo North
  • Dumfries Music Conference
  • Perth College
  • Bee Productions
  • Scottish Music Centre
  • Independent Venue Week
  • St Cecilia Hall, Edinburgh

The charity said it is still currently looking at specific events sponsors for the King Tut event.