Several Scots independent musicians including Starry Skies and Iona Fyffe are to be offered financial support by Creative Scotland and Crowdfunder UK.

A total of 20 projects are competing to win up to £10,000 in match funding towards their projects in Creative Scotland’s Crowdmatch, following last year’s Crowdfunding Creative Scotland competition.

Starry Skies aim to use the funding to record songs written during the lockdown, for a new album called ‘Small Wonders’, while Iona Fyfe, who recently won a battle with Spotify over recognition of the Scottish language, is recording a new album of folk songs.

Other acts who can benefit from the scheme are singer/songwriter Amy Duncan, planning to make a new album ‘Cocoon’, and Flew The Arrow who plan a vinyl release for their album ‘Huntress/The Warmth & The Weight’ will get a .

Harpist Rachel Hair is teaming up with Manx Gaelic singer Ruth Keggin to record an album as a duo for the first time, and arts house Cryptic aim is to launch their ‘Sonic Surroundings’ – wha they describe as “virtual journeys to unique locations”, launched with a performance by Elisabeth Elektra.

Also on the list are an arts magazine, a non-fiction book publisher, a children’s circus, textile studio, and a community choir. Also up for funding are an arts collective in Ayr, a Ceilidh festival planned for November, and a virtual comic festival.

Starry Skies frontman Warren McIntyre said of their planned ‘Small Wonders’ album – the follow-up release to ‘Be Kind’ and ‘Do It With Love’: “A theme of many of the songs is the importance of love, hope and service to others along with a greater appreciation of all the things we have in common.” He also pledged that all funds raised would be spent with local businesses and support jobs here in Scotland.

More on the scheme at the Creative Scotland Crowdmatch website.