How do record shops support musicians – Edinburgh industry seminar

click to visit the Born To Be Wide websiteScotland’s leading music business event organisation, Born To Be Wide, is to host a record shop seminar at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday 7 November. The discussion will focus on the vital role bricks and mortar retailers still play in supporting new acts and how artists, labels and managers can best work with them.

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Speakers will include Rose Norton, co-owner of Coda, which is Edinburgh’s leading traditional/contemporary folk shop, Sandy McLean, owner of Glasgow’s Love Music and Darren Yeates, co-owner of vinyl specialist Vox Box – with additional participants still to be announced.

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Vox Box : photo by Jannica Honey –

“A single shop can sell hundreds of albums by a self-released act or small label, as well as generate interest through in-store performances and recommending releases to customers and other retailers,” says Born To Be Wide director, Olaf Furniss. “This seminar is a must for anyone releasing music on physical formats.”

Following the panel, the speakers will play a selection of their favourite records and will be available to meet the audience members.

GIGnotes: Thursday 7 November / The Electric Circus, Edinburgh / 19.30-21.30 Seminar / 2130-Late DJ Sets by seminar guests. Price: £5.00 / £3.50 Musicians’ Union. Tickets available from:


Born To Be Wide was launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. A diverse range of musicians, journalists, promoters, label owners and friends of music, were invited to play their all-time favourite records unless they were by Morrissey or Joy Division.

Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects including  A&R, Music PR, Radio, Music Journalism, Sleeve Design, Stage Craft, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General.

Born To Be Wide also runs the Wide Days convention which takes place in Edinburgh in April and the annual Edinburgh Night featuring ten acts playing during The Fringe, all performing ten-minute preview sets. The organisation has hosted events in partnership with most of the UK’s key music industry associations, as well as creating bespoke panels for the Scottish Parliament, Heart of Midlothian FC and creative industries conference, Go North. In 2012 Born To Be Wide was incorporated as a Community Interest Company and this year launched Off The Record, a youth initiative providing music industry advice sessions,  in partnership with Creative Scotland and EMUBands.

Born To Be Wide enjoys the support of the Musicians’ Union.

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