Internship Opportunity

Duration:3 months
Hours:1 – 2 days per week (flexible), 10am–6pm
Reports to:Robert Kilpatrick (Projects and Operations Manager)
Location/Site:Across Scotland/Partick, Glasgow
Salary:Expenses only

Internship Overview:

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is seeking a passionate and highly motivated candidate to undertake a 3-month internship, 1–2 days per week. This opportunity is aimed at candidates who already have valuable skill sets from previous experience and/or university; allowing them to develop their skills further and to provide valuable industry experience.

The successful candidate will work alongside the SMIA’s Projects and Operations Manager to assist with SMIA operations, events and projects, including The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  1. Development of membership and membership services
  2. Assisting in the organisation and delivery of a programme of SMIA events
  3. Assisting with SMIA communications – including website, social media, and newsletters
  4. Assisting with tasks on large-scale projects, including The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award

You will also act as a point of contact for members and will be expected to work with a broad range of sector organisations, companies and other private and public stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be creative, proactive and innovative, passionate about Scottish music and Scotland’s music industry, as well as understanding how the industry functions as a whole.

Person Specification


  1. Existing practical experience of working in the industry and/or studying a relevant degree course.
  2. Experience of organising and delivering events.
  3. Key knowledge of other industry organisations, such as PRS, PPL and Creative Scotland.
  4. Excellent attention to detail, communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  5. A creative thinker capable of working under his or her own initiative. A self-starter and problem solver.
  6. Passionate about developing Scotland’s music industry.
  7. Knowledge and experience in managing websites and social media.
  8. Research and report writing experience.


  1. An extensive network of contacts.
  2. Knowledge and experience in graphic design/image editing.
  3. Experience in copy-writing, marketing or PR.
  4. Knowledge and experience in HTML & CSS

To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to Robert Kilpatrick for review by the SMIA team –

All applications should be sent with the following subject line:

SMIA Internship Application

The closing date for applications is 5PM on Wednesday 12 April. Applicants will be notified by email no later than Wednesday 19 April if they have been selected for interview.

For more information on who we are and what we do, please visit:

Scottish Music Industry Association

The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award

Background and Key Information

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a trade body and membership organisation based in Glasgow. Incorporated in 2008, the SMIA was set up to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry. Their membership encompasses individuals and organisations working across all sectors of Scotland’s music industry, including artist managers, promoters, record labels, studios, agents, distributors and more. 

The SMIA is made up of a board of non-executive directors. The current SMIA board is:
Chair: Dougal Perman (Inner Ear)
Alex Smith (XpoNorth Music)
Vic Galloway (Presenter, BBC Radio Scotland)
Gillian Henderson (Director of Business Development, TicketWeb/TicketMaster)
Michael Lambert (Born To Be Wide / A Modern Way)
Graham Collins (Threads of Sound)
Lisa Whytock (Active Events)
Greg Kane (Blairhill Media / Hue & Cry)
Blake Hutchinson (Senior Executive, Scottish Development International)
Sharon Mair (Editor Radio, Music, Events and Partnerships, BBC Radio Scotland)
Claire McKay (Owner, Hits the Fan Records)

The SMIA exists to unite our industry and see it recognised as one of the most vibrant, influential and respected in the world. Articulating two core objectives, the SMIA exists to:

  • Strengthen Scotland’s music industry internally
  • Champion our industry both domestically and internationally

The SMIA deploys three key strategies, which inform the association’s activities and continued sector development:

  • Celebrate and promote all musical endeavours in Scotland.
  • Stimulate growth at a local, regional, national and international level.
  • Communicate more effectively as an industry, internally and externally.

SMIA projects, initiatives and activities include: - The SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Award - Industry training events (including workshops and master classes) - Sector meet-ups - Research Projects - Various projects with key partners, including UK Music, PPL, PRS, Help Musicians UK, Creative Europe Desk UK, the Music Producers Guild, the Musicians Union and the Music Venues Trust - Supporting key home-grown industry events (XpoNorth, Wide Days, Showcase Scotland etc.) - Independent Record Label Markets - Professional networking events

The SMIA also lobby government on behalf of its members, as is involved in various Government and public agency consultations, including the Scottish Government’s Creative Industries Advisory Group, Skills Development Scotland’s Creative Industries Skills Forum, and Skills Development Scotland’s Leadership & Business Skills Workstream Group.