Idlewild to headline Rooted In Scotland gig to celebrate the launch of Help Musicians Scotland

Independent music charity Help Musicians UK is set to launch a new permanent Scottish operation – Help Musicians Scotland (HMScotland). To celebrate the Glasgow-based operation, HMScotland is hosting a special Rooted In Scotland gig headlined by Idlewild.

The band will be playing an exclusive acoustic set at the iconic King Tut’s venue on 1st February 2018 – the same day as the official opening of the HMScotland office.

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

Rod Jones from Idlewild said: “Idlewild are absolutely thrilled to support the launch of Help Musicians Scotland at one of our favourite venues, King Tut’s. 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 in 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.”

HMScotland is the new regional dedicated office from HMUK and has been created for the purposes of empowering 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. HMScotland will provide bespoke programmes and campaigns to provide opportunities and support for those in the Scottish music scene. Importantly, all of the funds raised in Scotland will stay in Scotland to help support the industry and its needs.

An extremely limited number of tickets for the special #RootedInScotland event at King Tut’s on Thursday 1st February 2018 go on-sale Today (10th January) via Ticketmaster. Stay tuned to the HMScotland website for updated information. Tickets are priced at £15 with ALL proceeds going to the charity.

The opening of the dedicated office, resources, programmes and team in Scotland follows HMUK’s successful launch of the first regional office in Northern Ireland in 2016. The charity has an ambition to have regional presence by 2021 in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Republic of Ireland and the North of England.

HMScotland aims to reach the entire country, with an intention to go beyond the central belt into the Highlands, Islands, and borders of Scotland through programmes of support, advice and campaigns. The charity will ensure presence across rural and urban areas whilst considering the needs of different geographical areas of Scotland and be able to respond to those needs with appropriate support.

HMScotland also aims to reflect all genres in Scotland, celebrate the musical heritage and history of Scottish music as well as creating sustainable programmes and funding for the future.

Claire Gevaux, director of HMScotland, said: “After a year of listening and reflecting on the needs of the Scottish music scene, I’m excited to see HMScotland launch in a few weeks. I look forward to sharing more of our ambitions at the launch on 1st 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.”

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