Auditioning for LMNS

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Live Music Now Scotland auditions are open for 2022/23!

We are looking for early career musicians, either as soloists or in groups of up to 5 people. Any style of music is welcome, including classical, traditional, international, rock, pop and jazz, although you must be able to perform without PA. Musicians need to be able, legally and practically, to work in Scotland.

LMNS trains and supports exceptionally talented, emerging professional musicians in the crucial early years of their careers providing them with fairly paid performing opportunities in the community. LMNS focuses on providing high-quality participatory performances and workshops for those who are normally excluded from opportunities to experience live music through ill health, disability, isolation or poverty.

Who Can Apply?

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.

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 audition, applicants will give a 15-minute performance (suitable for a community setting) 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

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 an audition fee of £25 per person.

Apply for an audition

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APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE 5PM ON 3RD OCTOBER 2022. If your application is successful, auditions will take place on 22nd and 23rd November 2022. If you are accepted onto the Live Music Now Scotland Scheme, you will be asked to attend two compulsory training sessions on 25 and 26 January 2023.

If you need any help with completing your application, please contact us and we can assist you with the process.

An audition fee of £25 per musician is required upon submitting your application form. We are committed to ensuring fair access, therefore if you have any difficulty with paying the audition fee and/or travel expenses, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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

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