UNESCO City of Music Small Awards Scheme Stories

Successful Applicant Stories


To mark 15 years as a UNESCO City of Music, we launched a small awards scheme to support emerging and established musicians to create new music, take a step in a different direction or take on a new challenge.

Twenty eight successful applicants were awarded grants to support their professional development. Find out more about some of the projects the small awards scheme supported below.

Sonic Bothy Ensemble


The Sonic Bothy Ensemble are currently creating their new experimental piece exploring sound feedback using contact mics & mini amps on instruments and found materials.

The Sonic Bothy Ensemble currently comprises of; Sonia Allori, Adam Green, Ali Robertson, Nichola Scrutton & Allan Wright. Below images: FeedbackPiece_1 from left to right: Adam Green, Ali Robertson, Allan Wright, Nichola Scrutton. Sonia Allori not pictured.

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Zerrin Music

Zerrin Music is currently recording their next EP, as well as shooting a new accompanying music video.

Zerrin Music
Drummer, Liam Chapman and Audio Engineer Ronan Fay at Green Door Studio, Glasgow
"It’s been wonderful to be able to use this grant opportunity to jump back into the studio and record more music for my upcoming EP! I’ve also been planning a music video with some of the funds, which I’ll be shooting in March 2024."


LUSA used the award for the production of a music video for the first single release from their debut solo album. The music video was filmed in Glasgow and features local talent in front and behind the camera.

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