Auditioning for LMNS

Live Music Now Scotland applications for 2022/23 are now closed. Auditions will be advertised again in August 2023.

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.

Apply for an audition

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

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


I don’t have a band/group to perform with. Can I audition?

I’m an established musician and have been performing for many years. Is Live Music Now Scotland for me?

I work during the day time. Can I still apply?

Is there any kind of music that isn’t suitable?

Is there an age limit?

How long would I remain on the scheme?

How much do we get paid?

How much does it cost to audition?

My group can no longer attend our scheduled audition time.

I live outside the United Kingdom. Can I apply?

I am still a student. Can I apply?

I am a Tier 4 visa holder. Can I apply?

Will I need to apply for a Disclosure Scotland PVG check?

Where will we be offered work?

Do we have to play in all types of venues?

How do I get to the venues?

When do performances take place?

Do I have to accept all the work that LMN offers me?

Can I do other work as well as working for Live Music Now?

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