The Wide Days music convention is set to return to Edinburgh from 13th-15th April with a programme of activities aimed at connecting Scottish companies and artists, with their international counterparts. The convention will also run an expanded live showcase open to the public, spanning three evenings in the city’s historic Old Town.
This edition’s discussion themes will include music’s convergence with science, and an exploration of how the sector can work more effectively with public bodies and governments.
Wide Days will continue its partnerships with the City of Edinburgh Council, PRS Foundation, PPL, Edinburgh College, Perth College UHI, FOCUS Wales and the charities the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and Attitude Is Everything. The former will host a session on how to cope with performance anxiety, as well as one-to-one consultations for delegates to seek advice on health issues.
The third day of the convention will offer a range of networking activities, including a music tour and a lunch, as well as malt whisky and exotic soft drinks tastings. On the same day a BBC presenter will host a brunch for all the performing artists and in the evening, the Festival Takeover will see music events from outside Scotland, each guest-programme a venue. This will provide an additional opportunity for professionals and musicians to connect.
“For the past few years our focus has been on developing Wide Days as an international event in Scotland, creating a focal point for potential export partners, while highlighting our own creative and business talent,” says the convention’s founder, Olaf Furniss.
Last week applications opened for musicians, composers, producers and DJs based in Scotland to showcase at Wide Days. This includes the option to participate in a year-round international talent development programme in partnership with PRS Foundation and supported by PPL. Details are available at www.widedays.com/apply-to-play.
For tickets and further information visit: www.widedays.com/tickets