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More information on events, news, opportunities and competitions aimed at getting you involved in the arts!

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Go to the what's new section of the YoungScot website for more events and opportunities and check out the Ideasfactory Scotland and BBC Blast websites for others.

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Young Roots heritage fund

Young Roots is the Heritage Lottery Fund’s grant programme dedicated to young people. Run in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, the scheme puts young people firmly in the project driving seat. The Young Roots scheme is targeted at young people aged between 13 - 20 (or 13 - 25 for young people with additional support needs) and offers grants of between £5,000 and £25,000. Through the Young Roots fund the Heritage Lottery Fund has supported a diverse variety of projects including:

• Plays based on historical events
• Interpretations of historical themes through radio, film, DVD and websites
• Explorations of culture, language and traditions
• The building of replica boats, costumes and other artefacts
• Arts activities where they depict or interpret heritage themes

For further information and advice email the Development Team at Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Office, telephone on 0131 225 9450 or visit  the Heritage Lottery Fund website.  There are no deadlines for this fund.

Gallery 37 Offers Taster session To young People

Gallery 37 is an art and employability project which gives creative young people aged between 16-24 an opportunity to work with, and learn from professional artists.  the project prioritises young people not in work, education or training, and there are 40 places left on this summer's two day mini G37E across: Animation and Video, Jewellery and Fashion Accessories or DJing and Dance.  If you are interested in taking part please email Gallery 37 or call 0131 202 7063 to register your interest.

Scottish Arts Council Young Scot Action Fund

The Scottish Arts Council and Young Scot are teaming up to give young people opportunities to develop their creative talents.  Grants of up to £200 for individuals and £750 for groups can be awarded to people aged 12 to 26 for travel, publicity, funding exhibitions and buying equipment and props, amongst other things. 

You can find out more and download an application form by visiting the Young Scot website, or by contact Young Scot on 0131 313 2488.

Traverse Theatre Young Writers Group

If you live in Edinburgh you might want to find out more about the Young Writers Group at the Traverse. They have a couple of different groups who meet regularly to talk about and develop their writing. Most focus on writing short plays and sometimes get the chance to adapt them for the stage and even see them performed. For more info write to or visit the Traverse Theatre or log onto the Traverse website:

Traverse Theatre
10 Cambridge Street

Tel: 0131 228 3223

Musical Mayhem!

If you love music, visit the Youth Music UK website where you can check out all the latest music news, interactive games, career advice, bulletin boards, exclusive prizes - like the chance to meet your favourite artists! - music quizzes, celebrity interviews and much more...

Get Creative with the Arts Action Fund

Young Scot and the Scottish Arts Council recently sung and danced their way around Scotland to gather 1,200 young people's views on the arts; what you take part in, what you want to take part in and what you would spend a million pounds on within the arts in Scotland, if you were in charge. The results of consultation are set out in the report Expressing Themselves.

The Scottish Arts Council and Young Scot have teamed up to offer you the opportunity to follow your artistic dreams and fund your creative talents!

Do you need a grant to:-

Travel to an audition
Publicise a youth orchestra performance
Hire space to choreograph new work
Purchase props for a show
Buy some gig equipment
Help to fund your own exhibition?

The year long funding scheme is open to all young people (aged 12-26) and will award grants of up to £200 to individuals and £750 to groups to help them get the most out of all artforms including dance, drama, music, literature, film, visual arts and crafts.

If you would like to get your hands on an application form, please write to Young Scot, Rosebery House, 9 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5EZ or phone: Young Scot 0131 313 2488 or email Young Scot.  Applications are also available on the Young Scot website.

Join the Musicians Union

If you're a musician or DJ and would like to benefit from being part of the number one musician's organisation in Europe then don't waste anytime - join the musicians union.

Membership benefits include FREE advice on how to get the best managers and management contracts to securing the best recording agreements to rehearsing and gigging to music publishing to merchandising deals and much more. 

Visit the Young Scot website more more info.

A new deal for musicians

Did you know that if you are a musician, singer, songwriter or DJ, aged 18-24, and have been unemployed for at least 6 months, you are entitled to get some advice and support from music industry experts on how to get your foot in the door of the music business?

Did you know that you could also receive guidance and support about residential music courses, work placements and real industry jobs?

Go to the Young Scot website for more information.

Interested in working for an arts project in Europe?

European Voluntary Service (EVS) are looking for an interested young person to fill voluntary work placements in Europe. 

Young Scot Dan is currently working in Bosnia as a European Voluntary Service (EVS) volunteer at a Children's Arts Festival.

He's writing an online diary for the Young Scot website about all his adventures and experiences.  Read his latest installment on the Young Scot website.

If you want to find out any more information about EVS and how you can go and work in another European country while being paid an allowance and having your travel and accomodation costs paid for you, then check out the Young Scot website

You never know where this could take you!

Disorderly writers required

DISORDER was relaunched on 18 August across the UK and USA/Canada with a jammy edition featuring The Glitterati, Franz Ferdinand, Graham Coxon, Pink Grease, Havana Guns, The Upper Room, a Graduate Fashion Week special and lots more.. Half music and half fashion, it's dedicated to showcasing the hottest new talents in these areas, as well as zooming in on some familiar faces. View the current issue of disorder online.

OK, that's the spiel done, here's the exciting bit. They want YOU out there to get involved. If you know of something to shout about, then let them know. Also anyone looking for a step-up, get in touch as they're after contributors. So all you talented writers (music/film), stylists, makeup artists, photographers and graphic designers, it's time for the world to see what you're made of.

Disorder want to help you build up your portfolio so that you can get out there and tout your talent. It doesn't matter where you're based, just get in touch.

Disorder is the Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll of the print world, so if you think you'd fit into their crazy family, then contact the Disorder editor.

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Guitar - Northern Rock. Photo: Michael Wolchover
Backstage; Photo: Alan McAteer
Woman stepping forward
Citymoves dance space; Photo: Graham McIver
Woman posing
Dancers waiting at Dancebase in Edinburgh. Photo: Michael Wolchover
Sighthill Carnival 2004 Glasgow. Photo: Douglas Robertson
Woman stretching arms up
Backstage; Photo: Alan McAteer
New Dynamics project in Kinlochleven. Photot: Fin Macrae
Fireworks; Photo: Renzo Mazzolini
Backstage - prop and lights; Photo: Alan McAteer
Fife Cultural Co-rdinators in Schools Initiative project
Belinda Guidi Exhibition at the CCA. Photo: Alan McAteer
Man holding globe
Hidden Gardens; Photo: Renzo Mazzolini
Diverse elements: Project Stills at Loanbank primary school
Edinburgh Mela 2003. Photo: Pascal Saez
Eastgate Arts Centre in Peebles. Photo: Michael Wolchover
Eastgate theatre seating; Photo: Michael Wolchover
Paintbrushes at WASPS studio in Glasgow. Photo: Michael Wolchover
Sighthill Carnival 2004 Glasgow. Photo: Douglas Robertson
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