click to visit the Born To Be Wide facebook pageScotland’s leading music business event organiser, Born To Be Wide, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Festival Of Politics, which takes place in the Scottish Parliament on August 17, 18, 24 and 25 August.

A diverse panel of guests will discuss the future of the music industry, on the final afternoon of the event.

These include Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison, Inger Dirdal [managing director of Music Export Norway] and Scott Cohen, co-founder of the world’s largest independent digital music distribution company, The Orchard. They will be joined by Caroline Gorman [Rage Music], who provides compositions for film, television and advertising, and former chairman of the British Phonographic Industry, John Preston.

Also taking part will be the panel organiser, Born To Be Wide co-founder, Olaf Furniss, a veteran music business journalist who has hosted over 100 seminars in the past three years.

“We are delighted to be working with the Festival Of Politics and to be able to involve such a diverse range of music industry guests,” says Furniss. “This is a fantastic opportunity to explore how the music industry might look in the future.”

The discussion will be followed by a concert organised by Jewel & Esk College featuring emerging Scottish acts Machine Room, The Stagger Rats, Val Verde and The Dandylions.

The Festival of Politics & Born To Be Wide Present:

The Future Of The Music Industry – Saturday 25 August

£4/£2.50 – 1700-1800 – Debating Chamber – Scottish Parliament

Tickets available from

Guests – Scott Cohen [The Orchard], Inger Dirdal [Music Export Norway], Olaf Furniss [Born To Be Wide/Journalist], Caroline Gorman [Rage Music], Scott Hutchison [Frightened Rabbit] and John Preston [former chairman of the BPI]

Born To Be Wide

Born To Be Wide was launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. Since April 2008 the night has hosted a wide range of music industry seminars featuring including speakers from Scandinavia, Germany, the US and the rest of the UK.

In 2010 the organisers launched both the annual Wide Days conference and showcase event, which takes in April, and the Born To Be Wide Edinburgh Night in early August. The latter provides a snapshot of Scottish talent performing during the Fringe, with ten acts playing ten minute taster sets and pillars of the local scene taking turns to spin their favourite four records by Edinburgh bands.

The Festival of Politics

The Festival of Politics began in 2005 and was the first festival of its kind to be hosted by any Parliament. It is now in its eighth year and continues to be a unique combination of politics, media and the arts.

To date nearly 250,000 people have attended the combined Festival of Politics and World Press Photo Exhibition.

The innovative nature of the Festival has been recognized through its nomination for the Hansard Society aaward for Plitcal Innovation at the Channel 4 Politics Awards

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland was born 12 years ago when dial up broadband was still around and desktop pc’s ruled. So we did what had been done since 220 AD in China and every month put ink on a printing plate, ran some paper over it and hey presto MNS was published (okay it was a wee bit more involved than that, but the basic principle was the same!) Move on to 2011 with high speed broadband and access to the www everywhere and the future was catching up with us rapidly. The volume of information flowing into MNS HQ was more than our monthly issue could cope with, and more and more Scottish music stories of great value were being spiked (an old press term not a dodgy drink). Reaching our vast number of readers in every conceivable nook and cranny of Scotland has always been a challenge monthly but to do that more often was physically not feasible. So we have doffed oor tam o’ shanter to the future and MNS is now a weekly digital publication, and not only weekly now but twice the number of pages than our old printed friend! Along with our weekly GIGguide and FESTIVALS! supplement we are now producing 72 pages of Scottish music news (and only music news) each and EVERY week:) We remain as true as ever to our launch roots of 8 years ago though - MUSIC NEWS Scotland supports all Scottish bands and performers no matter what style of music you’re involved in. Our aim is to circulate music industry news and to help to raise the profile of musicians and improve communications between genres. To help achieve this copies of MUSIC NEWS Scotland are emailed to key industry contacts throughout the UK. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years and please raise a glass to our digital future with you all. Thanks for your support, The MNS team!
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