Festival organisation now a charity


14 Sep 18
by Nathon Jones

Scottish Charity Regulator OSCR

On the 8th August 2018 we were delighted to receive news from the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) that our application for Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) status had been approved under the new name of the Trad Music Trust SC048610.

The organisation’s purposes are:

4.1. the advancement of education in traditional music, dance and language by encouraging, supporting, delivering, developing and promoting traditional music, dance and language learning and education through a range of workshops, talks, training days and other educational events and opportunities;

4.2. the provision of recreational facilities, or the organisation of recreational activities, with the object of improving the conditions of life for the persons for whom the facilities or activities are primarily intended;

4.3. the advancement of the arts, heritage and culture of Scotland and other Celtic nations;

Over the next few weeks we'll be posting details of how you can become a member and help support the work of the Trust.  We have ambitious plans for the future and we hope, with our new charity status confirmed, that we can secure funding to continue the tremendous work the organisation has carried out over the past 5 years in delivering outstanding traditional music projects in Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway.

With your help and support, through a strong membership of traditional musicians, music lovers and those with a dedication to, and support for, projects in the Wigtownshire region of Dumfries & Galloway, the outstanding work of the Board of Trustees, our volunteers, friends and families, we hope to deliver a programme of regular traditional music, dance and language tuition for young and old in the Wigtownshire region as well as the continuation of the annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival which is now Internationally recognised as one of Scotland's leading traditional music, dance and language festivals.

Trad Music Trust on OSCR

In Other News


Emily Smith's Songs for Christmas

It has been a fantastic year for the Trad Music Trust and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival so, to celebrate, we've reduced the price for the forthcoming Emily Smith Song's For Christmas show to £10 (Over 25's) and £8 (Over 65's / Under 25's). Merry Christmas!

19 Nov 18
Nathon Jones

£130,320 economic impact in 2018

With support from Dumfries & Galloway Council's Major Events Strategic Fund it has been estimated that Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival had a total economic impact of £130,320 in 2018; a fantastic achievement for the event and a huge boost to the region's economy.

18 Nov 18
Billie Jones

Wish us luck at the D&G Life Awards

Chairperson Billy and Festival Director Nathon are off to the D&G Life Awards this evening (9th Nov) to represent Trad Music Trust and the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival which has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Tourism Champion category.

9 Nov 18
Billie Jones

Sponsorship support from:
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  • Merrick Real Estate
  • Creebridge House Hotel
  • Baillie Gifford Logo

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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