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Music advisors

Hilary Brooks
Svend Brown
Paul Cardow
Barbara Chalmers
Sushil K Dade
Vic Galloway
Gill Maxwell
Richard Michael
Jim Preacher
Andy Shearer
James Waters
Bill Wells
Sue Wilson

Hilary Brooks

Born in Glasgow, Hilary studied at the R.S.A.M.D. Her MD credits include Gypsy, Nightflights, Cabaret (Dundee Rep), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Charlie’s Aunt, Alice (Lyceum Edinburgh) The Rink, Cinderella (Belgrade, Coventry), Beauty and the Beast (The Byre), Whisky Galore (Cutting Edge), A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, Glasvegas (Bordeline), Eight to the Bar, Cleaning Up (Wildcat), Without a Trace, Johnny B Happy (S.O.P.), Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Dick Whittington (Kings Glasgow), James & the Giant Peach (Citizens Glasgow).  Hilary was nominated for ‘Best Use of Music and Sound In a Theatre Production’ in June 2008 for her work on Sunshine on Leith.

Hilary’s Composer credits include: James and the Giant Peach (Citizens), Memory of Water (Stellar Quines), Beauty and the Beast (Byre), Nightflights (Dundee Rep), F.D.T., Mr Wymi, Salut Serge (BBC), Stripes of the Zebra, The Eastern Bride (film score for Mak Movies – recorded by the city of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra), Meeting Matthew (musical for Oran Mor, Glasgow).

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Svend Brown

Svend Brown was born in Ghana of Norwegian-British parentage in 1965. He studied music at the Universities of Oxford and York, before joining BBC Radio in 1993. As Senior Producer, Music (1996-2001) he managed a production team, planned and produced events, live relays and recordings for BBC Radio 3, and made arts features for various networks. In 2001 he joined Van Walsum Management as Head of Projects and International Touring and in 2004 he took the opportunity to return to Scotland as a freelance consultant.

Svend now lives in Edinburgh and works as a freelance consultant acting as artistic director, manager, writer and presenter. He is currently Creative Director of the new concert hall in Perth (producing around 40 concerts per year), Artistic Director of the award winning East Neuk Festival, Bid Director of the City of Glasgow's successful bid to become a UNESCO City of Music and a writer and speaker on music for variouse orchestras, halls and festivals. He plays piano very badly and loves music of many kinds!

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Paul Cardow

Paul Cardow began promoting bands and artists and managing venues 19 year ago, specialising in mostly American grunge acts including Nirvana, Hole, Lemonheads and Dinosaur JR, but quickly branched outto includemajor international artists such asOasis, The Verve, Bjorkand Leftfield. During this time Paul has also been the indie buyer for 23rd Precinct, scout fortwo major labels, artist managerwith both major and independent deals, and involved in the development and running of several venues/nightclubs including TheGarage, Cathouse and ABC in Glasgow.

He is currently director of PCL, promoters for artists including Oasis, Arcade Fire, Scissor Sisters, Katy Perry , Animal Collective , White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, Fratellis, Foo Fighters and Green Day amongst others. As well as the owner / operator of 2 of Scotland’s most adventurous small venues, Captains Rest in Glasgow and Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh.

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Barbara Chalmers

Barbara has 30 years experience working within the arts sector. She has applied her knowledge of the arts communications to audience development, local government, construction, education and the media, working with many of Scotland's most well-known arts centres - Horsecross (Perth Theatre and Perth Concert Hall), Stirling's Tolbooth and Changing Romm gallery, Edinburgh's Usher Hall, King's Thartre, Assembly Rooms, Fruitmarket and the City Art Centre.

Barbara notes the highlights of her career in arts communications to date as being the launch of Perth Concert Hall, the operning of Stirling's Tolbooth, Stirling's successful City Bid, advising the Scottish Parliament (on communication), launching Edinburgh's first Mela festival, advising/guest lecturing at Stirling University, contributing to SAC's Charter for the Arts, launching Edinburgh's Hogmanay, working with Edinburgh's Women's Unit on the Zero Tolerance Campaign and being Sean Connery's PR!

Although Barbara says the best thing she's ever done was work at Horsecross, she rates bringing up her two grown-up children and her 10 years playing in a women's samba band as the most rewarding.

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Sushil K Dade

Sushil K Dade was born to Indian parents in Glasgow 1966. He has been immersed and fascinated by the language of music since his early childhood living in a Maryhill tenement flat raised on a diet of his father’s collection of early Bollywood soundtracks, Indian Classical music tapes and random instruments which informed and developed his early musical life. Sushil later reverted to listening to Western Pop music and has been an active practitioner in the world of sound for over 25 years. His work encompasses Music & Arts projects in a variety of settings in studios, locations and stages across America, India, Europe and Japan. He is currently a Content Producer for BBC Radio Scotland and continues to work as a musician, composer and performer with his on-going collaborative project Future Pilot AKA. Dade has previously worked with Sly & Robbie, Edwyn Collins, Scanner, Alasdair Gray, Mikey Dread, Craig Armstrong & Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bill Wells, as well as members of Fire Engines, Teenage Fanclub, The Pastels, Belle & Sebastian, The Go-Betweens, Black Uhuru, Cornershop, Capercaille, Tigerstyle and Sonic Youth.

In his spare time, Sushil plays the electric bass, though he also has a keen interest in the Visual Arts/Photography and designs his own artworks using Indian/Pop Art images and Colour Xerography/Mixed Media Collage techniques.

More recently he has been Guest Curator for special events at Celtic Connections Festival (Jamaican Burns Night/Burns Mela), Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (Music Like A Vitamin), and has previously served as a board member with The Scottish Academy of Asian Arts co-orchestrating the 2008 Glasgow Mela. He is delighted to be part of the Specialist Music Advisors team at the Scottish Arts Council for 2009/2010 and to share his experience and specialist knowledge in the fields of Independent, Jazz, World Electronic, Pop and Improvised/Experimental music.

For more information on Sushil you can visit www.myspace.com/futurepilotaka.

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Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway broadcasts every week on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Scotland - checking out the cutting edge of new music from Scotland and beyond.

As a boy he became obsessed with music, record collecting, silly haircuts and all the trappings of a teenage rocker... much to his mother's dismay! On leaving school, Vic immersed himself in Rock'n'Roll. He formed bands, got into recording and performing music, and released various records while touring Europe and playing events such as ‘T in the Park’ and ‘Reading Festival’. Vic also worked on the other side of the music industry - writing for fanzines, working as a venue lighting director, helping to set up and develop independent labels, and working as press and radio promoter.

When prompted to make a tape in 1999 for a new regional Radio 1 show he obliged and to his delight… got the job! He now presents "BBC Introducing in Scotland with Vic Galloway" every Thursday on Radio 1 www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/vicgalloway celebrating 11 years broadcasting on Radio 1. For the last 9 years he has been presenting another new-music show ‘The Vic Galloway Show’ on Radio Scotland. Every Monday he broadcasts at 8pm www.bbc.co.uk/vicgalloway.

Over the years, Vic has presented 2 series of 'Mouthing Off' and ‘The Big Scottish Adventure', various documentary series including 'Indie-pendent Scotland', 'The Banned History of Rock'n'Roll', ‘Meet the Neighbours’ and ‘School for Genius’. He has done outside broadcasts from the 'T in the Park', 'South by South West', 'Indian Summer', 'Live 8' and ‘Connect’ festivals for the BBC. He has also recently presented the ‘Radio 1 Rock Show’ and covered for Marc Riley on BBC 6Music for a week.

His forays into TV include 4 years of BBC 1 and BBC 2's 'T in the Park' coverage, 'The Music Show' on BBC 2, BBC 4’s ‘Caledonia Dreaming’, and Channel 4’s ‘Transmission’.

As a freelance journalist, he does regular work for newspapers, magazines and websites, including a weekly music column for ‘A-Listed’ as part of Scotland’s ‘News of the World’. He is often invited to host and MC events, such as 'Burnsong', 'Ballads of The Book' and 'The Scottish Style Awards' in recent years. He also DJ’s in clubs and university across the UK and abroad. In 2009-2010 he compeered the ‘Waverley Stage’ as part of Edinburgh’s legendary Hogmanay Street Party Celebrations.

He's currently working as a specialist advisor for the Scottish Arts Council as well as writing, performing and producing music of his own.

You can contact him via his agent, Andy Varley at ‘Insanity Artists’ www.insanityartists.co.uk and through www.myspace.com/vicgallowayr1 or follow him at www.twitter.com/vicgalloway

Vic lives in Edinburgh, likes getting tattooed, eats spicy food and wants World peace!

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Gill Maxwell

Gill Maxwell has over 30 years’ experience in the music industry in Scotland and internationally. Her long and varied career began as a student promoter at Glasgow’s QMU, and after a short stint at BBC Scotland’s Film Dept in the early 80s, she moved into artist management and international tour management, working with the biggest names in Scottish contemporary music, most notably the multi-million selling Deacon Blue, from their major label signing in 1986 until their split in 1993. Gill then moved into freelance event management and programming, working at the foremost Scottish venues, events and festivals.

During the 90s, combining motherhood with new challenges in her career, Gill spent six years heading up government's New Deal for Musicians mentoring programme in Scotland, and moved on to become MD of the new Scottish Music Centre in 2005, whilst also clocking up 14 years on the T in the Park event management team. Gill is also a long-standing member of the Showcase Scotland steering group.

She lives in Glasgow’s West End with her partner of 22 years, sound engineer David Pringle, and their teenage daughter Holly.

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Richard Michael

Richard is one of Scotland’s most versatile musicians, who has influenced a generation of teachers and students with his innovative methods of teaching improvisation through thirty years work with Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra and a career as composer, performer and workshop leader.

As a composer, Richard has written for artists as diverse as Colin Currie, Georgie Fame, Annie Ross and Guy Barker. His many works for Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra have been recorded and broadcast and a documentary programme for BBC 2’s Young Musician of the Year in 1996 brought his teaching methods to a wider audience.

As a pianist and organist, Richard gives recitals on The Art of Improvisation. As Radio Scotland's 'Jazz Jargonbuster', he can improvise inany style at the merest hint of a theme! He is the author of Jazz Beginnings, Creative Jazz Education and Small Band Jazz for the Classroom, and a frequent contributor to Music Teacher Magazine. For the Wigmore Hall he has produced a CD ROM on how to improvise in Jazz and Baroque grooves.

His most recent work is 'Listen Up', a new Young Persons Guide to the instruments of the Orchestra, Big Band, Folk Group and Rock Band based on Jeremiah Clarke’s famous Trumpet Tune.

After 35 years working in the formal and informal education sectors, Richard is now increasingly in demand as a freelance consultant, musician, broadcaster and educator.

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Jim Preacher

Jim started in BBC Scotland’s Rights department in 1978 and has been the head of department for over twenty years. In that time he has worked on every genre in the BBC, handling the full range of business affairs across the BBC’s television, radio and more increasingly its new media output. From contracting an extract of a solo performer to televising a full Opera, Ballet or Theatre production, Jim has been involved in the negotiation of contracts that cover the acquisition and exploitation of rights with musicians, artists and contributors. Rights to major events such as the Opening of Parliament, Live8, T in the Park, the Tattoo, Royal Weddings and funerals of national figures have all been handled in his long and varied career.

Jim has vast experience in co-production deals with overseas broadcasters and record companies and agreements used by the independent television and radio sector in the UK. He also sits on the BBC’s central rights strategy team that handles national negotiations with The Musicians’ Union, Equity, The Writers’ Guild and the Music Collecting Societies.

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Andy Shearer

Andy is a freelance music programmer and has been Creative Director for Perth Concert Hall since its opening in 2005, launching the Home and Away and Monday Night Thing series and the Southern Fried Americana festival. As well as working on Dublin's tenure as European City of Culture in 1991 and spending three years with Ireland's main commercial music promoter MCD from 1999 to 2002, Andy can also add his programming of The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen and the creation of the Rootin Aboot festival to his CV.

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James Waters

A Choral Scholar at King’s College in Cambridge, James Waters also studied on the Post Graduate Opera Course at RSAMD. He was Concerts Director at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra from 1986 to 1992 where he was responsible for initiating the orchestra’s highly successful relationship with Sir Charles Mackerras.

From 1992 to 2006 he was Associate Director of the Edinburgh International Festival. At EIF he was responsible for delivery of the programme of circa 175 events each year including all aspects of programming, budgeting, negotiation and event management. In the music field, this involved liaison with artists of the highest international standing in the genres of Opera, Concert and Recital. He holds a very broad knowledge of the classical music field with expertise in opera, symphonic, choral and chamber repertoire as well as lieder. He was also responsible for coordinating EIF’s series on traditional music in Scotland, working with artists such as Allan MacDonald, Sheena Wellington and Wendy Stewart.

James is now a Director of the Consultancy Festivals and Events International. Clients have included Manchester International Festival, Birmingham and Newcastle City Councils, City of London Sinfonia, Lamp of Lothian Trust and Hebrides Ensemble. He also lectures at Queen Margaret University in People Management, Law and Governance, Production Development, Finance and Strategic Management.

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Bill Wells

Bill Wells is a self taught musician from Falkirk. He started out as a bass player in Social Clubs during the late seventies and early eighties, working in various cabaret bands in and around Central Scotland. In 1989 Bill became more involved with the Jazz scene and formed the Bill Wells Octet, which featured most of Scotland's leading Jazz musicians at the time, as well as London based players such as Harry Beckett and Lol Coxhill.

In 1995 he set up the label Loathsome Reels and released his first CD; The Bill Wells Octet Live '93 - '94. Around this time he started working with Glasgow bands such as The Pastels and Future Pilot AKA and has since then gone on to record for a variety of different labels such as Domino, Geographic, Leaf, Creeping Bent, Karaoke Kalke, Textile, P-Vine and Wee Black Skelf working with a diverse range of artists including Kevin Ayers, Richard Youngs, Teenage Fanclub, Evan Parker, Arab Strap and David Tibet.

Bill has toured extensively both in the UK and throughout Europe and has ongoing projects with the Bill Wells Trio, The National Jazz Trio Of Scotland, Aidan Moffat and a line up including Annie Whitehead, Stefan Schneider and Barbara Morgenstern. Recent projects include the publishing of Bill’s Book in May last year 'The Loathsome Reel Book', musical compositions for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland as well as some commissions to remix tracks by bands such as the Pastels, Nectarine No. 9 and Pia Fraus.

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Sue Wilson

Freelance arts journalist Sue Wilson has been writing about music since the early 1990s, with a particular interest in the Scottish and Celtic folk/roots scene but also extensive experience of covering rock, world music, Americana and jazz, as well as theatre, books and visual art. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications including the Guardian, the Independent, the Scotsman, the Sunday Herald, Metro, the Sunday Express, Scotland on Sunday, The List and Songlines magazine, and she is co-author of The Rough Guide to Irish Music (2001). In 2004, she was joint editor and writer of the Scotland Cultural Profile, an online guide to Scotland’s arts and cultural sector aimed at overseas practitioners, sponsored by the British Council, Visiting Arts and the Scottish Executive. She is regularly contracted to write the official brochure and website text for the Celtic Connections festival, and is a longstanding member of the Showcase Scotland Steering Group.

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