Auditioning for LMNS

Live Music Now Scotland auditions

Live Music Now Scotland auditions are now closed for 2023/24 and we are not accepting late applications.

Information about our auditions

Each year, we audition early career musicians, either as soloists or in groups of up to 5 people.

Any style of music is welcome, including classical, Scottish/Gaelic/Irish traditional, other international traditions, 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 has two main aims:

  • To train and support exceptionally talented, emerging professional musicians in the crucial early years of their careers providing them with fairly paid performing opportunities in the community.
  • To provide high-quality participatory performances and workshops for those who are normally excluded from experiencing live music through ill health, disability, isolation or poverty.

What we do in 30 seconds – watch the video here!

Who Can Apply?

You are:

  • Are at the start of your career in music
  • Fairly new to this type of community work
  • Able to communicate your music through your exceptional standard of musicianship and performance skills
  • Passionate about sharing your music and willing to engage with a diverse range of people and ages using your excellent communication skills
  • Able to provide a varied and suitable choice of music
  • Open to learning new skills and reflect on your practice
  • Passionate about the power of music and the aims of Live Music Now Scotland

There is no age limit to audition. We offer specialised support to musicians with additional support needs and/or physical disabilities dependent on their needs. For more information, please contact the General Manager

We offer:

  • Comprehensive training to engage people in care homes and additional support needs settings as well as project specific training for working in other areas of the community
  • Paid performance opportunities from one-off performances to residencies that work to your strengths and skillset
  • High profile performance opportunities at festivals and venues across Scotland and internationally.
  • A community of like-minded musicians across Scotland
  • Free training and career support tailored to your needs
  • Peer mentoring
  • Pastoral support

What do you mean by early career musicians?
Whilst each individual circumstance is considered, we would recommend that your group has 2-3 years of experience performing together and you are beginning to establish yourselves as professional performers. This will increase your chances of success as our audition process is very competitive. If you have any queries about whether we would consider you as emerging, please contact us at

What does the audition involve?
Applicants will give a 10-minute performance suitable for a community setting for a panel of experienced musicians with time to chat about why you are interested in joining LMNS.

Am I automatically given an audition?
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we have two stages in our application process. This is to ensure that we see the most suitable groups at the ideal and pivotal stage in their career.

Stage 1 – the application

Applications are shortlisted using the following criteria:

  • Soloists or groups who have worked together for long enough to have their own musical identity and a substantial programme of music
  • Soloists or groups who are starting or have started their career in music and need support in establishing a sustainable career
  • Soloists or groups who would most benefit from our training and performance opportunities
  • An exceptional standard of musicianship to bring the highest quality of live music possible to our audiences
  • Gaps in our current breadth of genres in support of achieving a balanced list of musicians

Stage 2 – the audition

If you are invited to an audition, you will need to provide a reference for your ensemble as well as references for each individual member of your group.

There is no audition fee. However, in the interest of demonstrating commitment to audition attendance, you will be asked to make a fully refundable deposit of £25 which will be returned no more than 2 weeks after your audition date for everyone who attends their audition.  If you are successful in being offered an audition, there are travel/carer bursaries available to support you. These will be assessed and offered on a bespoke basis. The bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance to enable applicants to attend auditions in Glasgow and/or a waiver of the £25 deposit to secure your audition place.

If you are successful, you must be available to attend compulsory training.

In the meantime, you can watch the videos for some guidance on how to approach your audition.

An introduction to LMNS auditions with our Director Carol

Hear from Mary Ann Kennedy – LMNS alumni

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?

Does it cost to audition?

Are there bursaries available?

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 LMNS offers me?

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

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