A new bursary, in the name of broadcaster Stewart Cruickshank, is available for emerging Scottish songwriters.

The BBC Scotland producer, who passed away in 2015, produced a wide variety of radio programmes for the BBC, founding the long-running indie music show Beat Patrol. Presented by Peter Easton, the show gave many bands including Belle and Sebastian early airplay, and Stewart would also produce sessions by the likes of The Delgados and Bis.

His other wide-ranging work included on Travelling Folk, the Ken Bruce show, the Be-Bop to Hip-Hop jazz programme, Original Masters with John Cavanagh, and he also the Celtic Connections radio series, which gives the annual music festival its name. He was also an accomplished musician and songwriter in his own right, with his band, Mowgli & The Donuts.

The instigators of the award said: “He nurtured an enormous amount of talent, impacting the lives of countless musicians and listeners.”

To honour his legacy the Stewart Cruickshank Bursary will be available to an emerging songwriter – in collaboration with the Scottish Music Centre, Traditional Music Forum, University of The West of Scotland, Chem19 Recording Studios and Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre.

More, including details on how to apply before the April 12th deadline, at www.stewartcruickshankbursary.com