Thank you and Happy New Year

2014 has been one of the busiest and most eventful years for Glow Arts, in ways we didn’t imagine a year ago! A quick summary of events:

  • New partnership with Beyond promoting their shows in Glasgow, we started with the amazing Mo Kenney, Rachel Sermani & Laura-Beth Salter at the Old Hairdressers in February and finished the year with singer/ songwriter Kim Churchill at the Glad Cafe with lots more planned for 2015.
  • There was 10 Glow Arts presents gigs with Fred Morrison, Findlay Napier & Rebecca Pronsky, Blue Rose Code, Rachel Newton’s ‘Changeling’, Casey Driessen, Ewan McLennan, Boo Hewerdine, Hafdis Huld, Mike Vass & Innes Watson and our first gig in the Glow Arts HQ with Rayna Gellert, Leah Abramson & Patrick Metzger. Again plans on the way for 2015 (Blue Rose Code in April already on sale).
  • Glow Arts got an office space in March at the Barras Art and Design Centre and moved in exactly one year since we launched full-time. The space has been an amazing development for us this year, we have been able to host pop-up gigs, training sessions, hot-desking facilities for freelancers, meeting space and as of November 2014 the Glow Arts Music & Gift Emporium with exhibition space.
  • Creative Scotland supported the Angus Lyon & Duncan Lyall  – 3G and Infinite Reflections Tour which seen the nine piece band visit seven venues across Scotland and London. This was our biggest and most challenging project of 2014, but most rewarding to be able to support these amazing musical commissions to be heard by new audiences and providing the musicians with the unique opportunity to revisit their Celtic Connections Commissions in new settings.
  • In partnership with AttFife we launched the 100% Real Bothy, Bothy Ballads project – recruited our songwriters, Findlay Napier, Dave Francis & Mairi Campbell who have been creating new songs from the stories collected in the original project. Another Creative Scotland supported project that will be continuing in 2015.
  • We piloted a series of Family Song and Storytelling workshops and Traditional Music Gigs at the People’s Palace in Glasgow, thanks to support from the Enterprise Music Scotland Traditional Arts Fund.
  • We worked with Creative Scotland to deliver their stand at the Scottish Learning Festival and other projects as freelance consultants.
  • We launched the Glow Arts Music & Gift Emporium in the Barras Market, selling Folk, Jazz and a range of Scottish housewares, jewellery and stationary. We also have a lovely exhibition of photographer Louise Bichan up until the end of March 2015 and expanding our stock constantly.
  • Glow Arts worked with RURA, Louise Bichan and Artsplay Highland to help them secure funding for their projects from Creative Scotland.
  • Creative Consultancy and evaluation for Summerhall, Bridge Music and Glasgow Jazz Festival.
  • Other projects Jennifer has been involved in are Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Lau-Land Gateshead & Edinburgh, working with Hands up for Trad on BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician Award, MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards and Folkwaves project, Our Big Gig, Music For Youth, UNESCO City of Music Big Big Sing, St Andrew’s in the Square and Feis Rois.

Now that we’ve written all of that down (and I’m sure we’ve missed some things out) it explains the much needed break over the festive season! We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the musicians, partners, audiences and customers that have supported us in 2014 – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Have a fantastic New Year! We are off to open the fizzy.

Jennifer

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