The LMNS Experience

LMNS develops the potential of talented musicians at the start of their careers, helping enable them to build their professional practice and personal life in Scotland. We provide emerging musicians with paid performance opportunities, training, personal and professional development support.

Benefits to musicians on the scheme include:

  • Paid professional performance opportunities
  • Development of communication skills
  • Personal development experience: meeting a wide variety of people in different settings which develops your personal awareness and the confidence to cope in any situation
  • Musically enriching experiences: a chance to reconnect with the reason you became a musician after years of focusing on technique and discover for yourself the transformative power of music
  • Invaluable training and professional development

During a musician’s time on the scheme:

  • Musicians are typically on the scheme for 4 years, although this can be individually tailored
  • A range of paid engagements are offered during musicians’ time on the scheme
  • Performances and workshops take place in a variety of settings including schools, care homes, local communities, libraries, galleries, concert halls, hospitals and online.
  • Musicians have access to a range of training, development and mentoring opportunities
  • Musicians are part of the wider Live Music Now network across Europe

LMNS musicians, whether soloists or groups of up to five people, may come from all musical traditions and cultures. Musicians apply to join the scheme because they want the benefits of working with a wide range of audiences and an opportunity to develop their skills and talents.

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Making a Difference...

How LMNS is providing music and opportunities for people across Scotland.

Live Music Now Scotland celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2024/25. “We wanted to celebrate in areas across Scotland, in settings which mean so much to us. These places are where the impact happens", says LMNS Director Carol Main.

A collaboration between Live Music Now Scotland and PRISMA resulted in a Mexico residency for LMNS traditional fiddler Roo Geddes.

I really wanted the piece to be interactive. I wanted the audience and the performers to enjoy it, and to give them something to take away.

This summer Live Music Now Scotland was delighted to announce the next stage in an ongoing collaboration with Skye Chamber Music: a residency for LMNS musician Sophie Rocks.

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