The SMIA was incorporated in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland's music industry. Articulating our two core objectives as strengthening and championing the industry, we aim to achieve them through the activities listed below. For more background on the SMIA click the 'Read More' link.
Across all genres - from traditional folk to cutting edge electronica - for a nation so small, our recording artists exert a disproportionate influence on the world of music. Through these artists and their albums, our music festivals and their audiences, Scotland’s innate love of music is recognised throughout the world. As our success and international reputation for the arts and music has grown, so too has the infrastructure and potency of our domestic music industry. A substantial and diverse community of music makers and users, Scotland’s music industry comprises a complex network of sectors, genres and disciplines: all facing exciting new opportunities but having to confront a myriad of challenges faced by the music industry around the world.
When The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) was incorporated in 2008, it was in recognition of the fact that our industry lacked an effective trade body to assist in tackling these challenges and in helping to create opportunities; an organisation equipped to foster, promote and serve the industry’s best interests, ideally, where possible with a single, unified voice.
Finding that voice and articulating the concerns and aspirations of an industry as diffuse as ours remains one of the SMIA’s most formidable challenges but it is by no means insurmountable. It will require a sharpened focus on our common, rather than competing interests; a commitment to communicate and co-operate across all areas of the industry and, above all, a determination to deliver services, projects and a programme of events that is both meaningful and of benefit to our members and, by extension, to the industry at large.
By pursuing (and ultimately earning) a mandate from all sectors and genres within the industry, the SMIA has the potential to become an effective and powerful advocate on its behalf: connecting our members; encouraging trade; lobbying government; liaising with government agencies and generally promoting our nation’s musical endeavour at home and abroad.
The SMIA receives annual support from Creative Scotland, Scotland's national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. Their financial assistance coupled with our membership revenues allows us to develop our package of support for our members and the industry at large.
Alex Smith has over ten years diverse experience across the music industry and wider creative industries. He is the current Industry Network Manager for XpoNorth (previously goNORTH), Scotland’s largest conference and showcase festival for the creative industries. The conference has attracted some of the most influential UK and international industry representatives, produced cooperations with a cross-reach of major national and international music industry associations and organisations and showcased some of the most exciting acts to have emerged from the Scottish and wider national and international music scene in recent years. He also project manages XpoNorth Music as part of Ironworks Group, a dynamic support structure for music businesses based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Along with the project’s business development remit, XpoNorth Music also produce stages at major Scottish festivals and have developed export opportunities with a broad range of leading global trade events.
Business Development Director – Scotland/North As Business Development Director for North, my role is looking after and developing our wide-ranging client base in Scotland and North of England. My background is in venue management, having spent over 10 years working in live music and club venues in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool with roles ranging from box office to venue management. During my career I’ve also had the pleasure of working a number of outdoor events and festivals in Scotland including our annual T in the Park and Belladrum festivals to one-off events including Radio 1’s Big Weekend, BBC at the Quay, One Direction at Murrayfield Stadium and The Ryder Cup 2014. I also currently sit on the Board of Directors for the Scottish Music Industry Association. Music has always been my passion and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been part of some exciting and successful events and working with some amazing people and artists over the years. In my spare time I still enjoy going to gigs and experiencing live music as well as practising yoga and dancing badly to Madonna!
Michael Lambert - Artist Manager, A Modern Way / Director, Born To Be Wide CIC Michael Lambert is the co-owner of A Modern Way Management & Recordings which looks after acts including Fatherson, Idlewild and Stanley Odd. Michael is also a director of music industry event organisation Born To Be Wide which stages regular music business events, as well as organising the Wide Days convention and showcase. In addition to these roles, Michael works as a freelance A&R scout for German digital distribution company finetunes and has previously worked as a concert promoter and event manager.
Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 18 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC, including over 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week, and regularly on BBC 6Music. He has written for CLASH, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. Vic is also a musician, DJ, curator, host and has presented various different music TV shows. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published recently and was well received. He starts another book in 2017.
Blake is a Portfolio Manager with the High Growth Start Up Unit at Scottish Enterprise supporting early stage, high potential Digital Media companies focusing on providing intensive support to evaluate the business opportunity, develop the team and raise investment. Blake also has over 10 years experience helping creative companies (including music/digital convergence companies) to develop and deliver their international market entry strategies.
Artist development via management and micro label Hits The Fan Records based from Dennistoun in Glasgow. Released Frightened Rabbit's debut album in 2006, had a 7 year hiatus project managing for business tourism until her return to release and develop now award winning artist Kathryn Joseph for album "bones you have thrown me and blood I've spilled" (SAY Award winner 2015)
Dougal is the Managing Director of Inner Ear, the digital media production and promotion company he co-founded back in 2000. An expert in podcasting, internet radio, streamed media and social media strategies, Dougal has been an SMIA director for six years.
Having become Chair in April 2016, Dougal has been a guiding light in the organisation¹s development and has delivered the live stream of The SAY Award ceremony since its inauguration in 2012.
Greg Kane, born September 11th 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. One half of music duo "Hue And Cry", a musician, composer, arranger, audio engineer, producer, videographer and digital content creator / manager with over 30 years experience working in the creative industries.
Lisa has been the Director of Active Events for 25 years. Active are an agency who specialise in the international career development of predominantly folk, acoustic and world music artists. They are also an events and project management company and produce Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections and Showcase Scotland Expo with the support of various organisations and funding agencies. Both events are extremely successful. Showcase Scotland at Celtic Connections generating £2.2 million a year in artists onward bookings and Showcase Scotland Expo illustrating a return on investment of 349% through showcasing activities. Active also programme the Spree festival in Paisley which takes place in Paisley each year.
As Editor Radio Music, Events and Partnerships for BBC Scotland she is responsible for music output and large events for Radio Scotland and cross platform events which include programmes and events e.g The Quay Sessions, Another Country, Travelling Folk, Get it On , BBC at the Quay and many more. She recently led BBC Scotland’s Music Day output with a concert at the Barrowland, with Travis and the BBC SSO. She was the BBC Project Executive for the Commonwealth Games responsible for content across radio, television and online on all genres of programming, working closely with internal and external partners and stakeholders. As Project Director of the 17 day Cultural Festival, BBC at the Quay, that accompanied the BBC sporting coverage of the Games, she curated a programme of music, speech, comedy, sport and events that engaged all ages. Prior to this role she led BBC Scotland’s Olympic editorial proposition including the Olympic Torch coverage in Scotland and put in place the structures for delivery of the Commonwealth Games. She has worked in radio for many years producing content for many networks and was Managing Editor of Radio Scotland with responsibility for the Kaye Adams programme and MacAulay and Co, during that period she implemented the change programme for radio when BBC Scotland moved to its new headquarters at Pacific Quay. . She is delighted to take on the role of Board member for the SMIA .
Robert Kilpatrick is Projects and Operations Manager at the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA). Having studied BA Commercial Music at the University of the West of Scotland, Robert graduated with a First Class Honours Degree and was awarded the Court Medal for being the top-performing student on his course.
Robert has previously worked at festivals throughout the UK in a wide variety of roles, including The Great Escape, Bestival, The Beat-herder and XpoNorth.
Contact Robert for any membership enquiries, partnership opportunities - Robert@smia.org.uk