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New Course Introduced to Springboard Singer-Songwriters’ Careers

Apr 12, 2023

Stages, an exciting new initiative to help jump-start the career of songwriters based in the UK, is calling for budding artists to apply.

This fantastic opportunity is open to singer-songwriters from across the UK who are being encouraged to sign up before Friday 14th April at

Stages is suited to those operating in all genres and at any level, from complete beginners, to those already sitting on a portfolio, and will take place at locations across Scotland over the summer and autumn.
The four-month course, taking place between 3rd July – 29th October 202, is being implemented and managed by legendary singer-songwriter and producer Boo Hewerdine at Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre.


It will combine all aspects of songwriting, music production and performing into one comprehensive programme, and provide a solid foundation of skills and experience that will help springboard careers.

The project kicks off with an inspiring writing retreat with renowned songwriters Boo Hewerdine and Findlay Napier in the Scottish Highlands, as well as a visual brand identity workshop with celebrated photographer and designer Ellie Lucas.

Recording and post-production sessions with sound engineer and producer Jamie Savage will also take place in Glasgow at Chem19 Recording Studio, as well as online masterclasses on music marketing and songwriting from industry experts including Innes and Campbell Communications directors Corrie Campbell and Hannah Innes, and Emma Pollock of The Delgados and Chemikal Underground Records.
With the help of their tutors, all of whom have made independent success in the Scottish music industry, students will develop and record a collaborative album and ultimately launch the record to a live audience at Eden Court in Inverness. Boo Hewerdine, singer-songwriter and music producer said:
“I have been working with the team at Moniack Mhor for more than 15 years, running week-long courses which help budding songwriters at all levels form and produce music. Often after finishing these courses, however, students will ask where to go next with their work. Stages has been co- curated by Moniack Mhor and myself in response to these aspirations. By combining all aspects of music production, recording and marketing into one cohesive course, we hope to provide the knowledge and experience needed for our students to begin a successful career in music.”

Rachel Humphries, Centre Director at Moniack Mhor said:
“This exciting project has been designed to boost the confidence and skills of those interested in songwriting and music production. All are welcome to sign up, there is no entry-level requirement, we just ask to hear two examples of each applicants’ work, and we are interested in the song, not the recording.  This is a fantastic opportunity for writers to work closely with industry experts and professionals, who have made a successful career for themselves within the Scottish music scene and gain valuable advice and guidance.”
Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, has a long history of supporting writers of all forms and genres, and from all walks of life. The centre is situated on an old croft in a beautiful location in the hills above Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The landscape and environment, along with supportive, knowledgeable staff, create the perfect environment for inspiration and creativity.

will take place between3rd July and 29th October. For a full timetable of workshop and information on how to apply, visit

Applications for those who require funding support close Friday 14th April.
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