Auditioning for LMNS

Live Music Now Scotland welcomes early career musicians from any musical tradition or genre, either as soloists or in groups of up to 5 people. Musicians need to be able, legally and practically, to work in Scotland.

Who Can Apply?

There is no need to have undergone formal higher education training, as musical and technical excellence coupled with a willingness to communicate through music in a wide range of settings are the driving forces in accepting musicians onto the scheme.

However, for musicians who have come through conventional educational routes, applications are most likely to be successful from those who have finished their advanced musical training and are beginning to establish themselves as professional performers. There is no age limit to audition.

At informal audition, applicants will perform for a panel of experienced musicians and relevant guest experts. They will be looking for:

  • an exceptional standard of musicianship
  • a varied and suitable choice of music
  • good communication skills and audience engagement
  • a commitment to the aims of Live Music Now

Over 2021/22, we’ll be piloting new ways of hearing artists who would like to be part of Live Music Now Scotland, designed especially for those whose musical experience has not followed a mainstream western educational pathway.

Most LMNS performances take place on weekdays during the day and we work around musicians’ other commitments to make these happen.

In order to help cover our costs, LMNS charges a modest audition fee.

Apply for an audition:

Applications will be open in Autumn 2022.

Download our detailed guidelines to find out more about auditioning and completing your application form.

Watch the videos for some guidance on how to approach your audition.

Have a question? Get in touch with a member of the team:


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