Media release: New funding for Glasgow-based creative projects


THE Scottish Alternative Music Awards, a theatre project that aims to give a voice to those under-represented in theatre, music industry conference Resonate and a new tight-wire production are among 15 Glasgow-based creative projects to receive support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

The third edition of Resonate will take place at the Barras Art & Design Centre on Thursday 14 November. This year’s programme will focus on collaboration, creativity, accessibility, development and artist inclusion. Panellists will discuss issues facing the music industry and topics including creativity, international success, education, income opportunities and collaboration.

Speakers this year will include Dame Evelyn Glennie, Managing Director of Mi.Mu Gloves Adam Stark, Musicians’ Union’s Caroline Sewell and Ben Wynter from PRS Foundation amongst many others.

Susan Montgomery, project manager, Resonate, said: “We’re so excited and thrilled to be back with the third edition of Resonate Music Industry Conference. The past two years have been great, and we’ve worked very hard alongside our partners, sponsors and supporters to bring a great opportunity for music practitioners in Scotland to focus on promoting, collaboration, creativity, accessibility and development. We’re incredibly thankful to Creative Scotland for their continued support and belief in this project.”

Paper Doll Militia Limited has received funding to develop of A Wire Apart, a modern love story set in the surreal environment of our digitally connected world.

Using dance, physical theatre, tight-wire walking and original music, A Wire Apart explores the impact modern communication has on our mental health and ability to connect authentically with one another.

ThickSkin will receive funding to enable the company to work in partnership with Glasgow’s Tron Theatre to produce two complimentary projects, How Not To Drown and AWOL.

How Not to Drown is a mid-scale theatre production telling a true story of a young boy who fled the aftermath of war in Kosovo and spent his teenage years in the British care system. Written by Dritan Kastrati and Nicola McCartney, and directed by Neil Bettles, we will present this play as a co-production with Tron Theatre in Glasgow, September 2019.

AWOL is a pilot project that sits within ThickSkin’s Matchbox series of micro-productions and workshops. They will test stage two of this model with a group of Glasgow-based young unaccompanied asylum-seekers in Autumn 2019.

Steph Connell, producer, ThickSkin: “This funding means that How Not To Drown will be performed in Glasgow, widening its audience and allowing more people to listen to Dritan’s story, and that of other young people arriving in the UK. It will also allow us to develop AWOL as both a production in its own right and also an audience development tool taking work directly to young people and allowing them to experience theatre for the first time in a safe environment.”

The Scottish Alternative Music Awards have received funding towards their tenth anniversary event. This annual celebration of underground music will see seven awards presented in the categories of Rock, Hip Hop, Metal, Acoustic and Electronic as well as Best Live Act and Newcomer.

This year’s event, will feature an exciting programme of live music, bringing together the music industry, and music fans in St. Lukes, Glasgow in October 2019.

Richy Muirhead, founder, Scottish Alternative Music Awards, said: “The support from Creative Scotland is incredible and the SAMA’s team are very excited to shine a spotlight on some incredible genres across Scottish music including Hip Hop, Metal, Electronic and more. The funding will enable the event to grow in production, the team to develop, and allow us to increase the promotion of all of the artists involved from nominees to performing artists.”

Iain Munro, acting CEO at Creative Scotland, said: “With funding from the National Lottery, we are pleased to be able to support such an inspiring range of projects through this round of Open Project Funding.

“From Resonate Music Industry Conference to ThickSkin’s new projects and their important audience development work, to an innovative new show featuring tightwire and dance, the projects that received funding this month highlight the rich and diverse mix of creativity at work in the city.”


Notes for editors:

Funded Glasgow-based projects for this round of Open Project funding, received individual awards of between £2,000 and £31,000. A breakdown of this information, can be found here.

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts, screen and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception). Application guidance and forms can be found here.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. Further information at

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