The Scottish branch of the HelpMusicians charity launches with a show at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on Thursday February 1st.
Rooted in Scotland is headlined by Idlewild, with Indigo Velve, Skjor, and Be Charlotte also on the bill. All the support acts have received support from the charity in the past.
Help Musicians UK is an independent charity for musicians and those working in the music industry. Established almost a century ago in 1921, it provides support to artists and other industry roles through health and welfare services, campaigning, creative programmes and investment initiatives.
The opening of the dedicated office in Scotland follows HMUK’s launch of their office in Northern Ireland in 2016, and HMScotland aims to consider the needs of those in different geographical areas of Scotland and provide support beyond the central belt into the Highlands and Islands and Borders.
Richard Robinson, chief executive of Help Musicians UK, said his organisation is “wholly committed to being an impactful national charity” and that the Glasgow-based arm will “aim to support and enrich the musical landscape of Scotland by taking an entrepreneurial and proactive approach to programming, supporting and giving”.
Rod Jones of Idlewild said: “We are absolutely thrilled to support the launch of Help Musicians Scotland at one of our favourite venues, King Tut’s. We’ve played some really special gigs at the venue, the first 21 years ago and a five night stint in 2008, so it’s truly an honour to return for such a great cause.
“Help Musicians Scotland do amazing work to support musicians at all stages in their career. We’re planning a special acoustic set for the evening and fans should expect a fitting set-list to mark a landmark moment for the Scottish music industry.”
All proceeds of the gig will go to the charityand more details on events aimed at helping musicians can be found at their website, www.rootedinscotland.org.uk