Horsecross Arts presents

Words and Music- 14/15 March

Incorporating Perth Music Expo and Trad Talk

A Gathering for Scotland’s Music Community
Crunneachadh Do Coimhearsnachd Chiuil Na H-Alba


Horsecross Arts has teamed up with Perth College UHI and the Traditional Music Forum to create Words and Music, a gathering for musicians and music workers from across Scotland and beyond.

Packed with practical tips, networking opportunities, evening gigs and showcases the two-day conference in Perth Concert Hall on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 March aims to inspire, educate and entertain musicians of all genres at all stages of their careers.

Music students, early-career musicians, professional players and music industry workers are all expected to flock to the event which features panel discussions with music industry experts including Admiral Fallow, Karine Polwart, Pete Wishart, Findlay Napier, Paul Fenn, Robert Hicks, Patsy Reid, Inner Ear, Comets & Cartwheels, Nicola Meighan, Rod Jones and more to be announced. Subjects covered include fundraising, marketing, legal issues, making recordings, sales and publishing.

Debra Salem, talent hub co-ordinator for Horsecross Arts, the creative organisation behind Perth Concert Hall and Perth Theatre said:

“At a time when there is unprecedented common ground between various genres of music and industry models, this gathering seems overdue. In addition to expanding creative and cultural common ground across all genres, seismic upheavals in the wider music industry have increasingly drawn the business models of rock and indie musicians closer to their folk and traditional counterparts. The explosion of the Internet has also levelled the playing field across genres in terms of music dissemination, building and maintaining an audience and in managing the careers of musicians. Words and Music not only gives musicians and music workers the opportunity to network and share ideas but it is a mine of practical information and tips indispensable to musicians at any stage of their career.”

Up and coming bands from throughout Scotland are being invited to apply for one of six evening showcase slots taking place in venues across Perth City Centre during the conference. For more info on how to apply to play at Greyfriars Bar, The Green Room or The Twa Tams contact Debra at before the application deadline of Monday 3 February.

Those interested in attending can register online at, by calling Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031 or book in person at Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth PH1 5HZ. On booking, delegates will be sent a link to sign up for the many sessions on offer including panels, case studies, seminars and one to one’s.