Here are examples of some of the projects and organisations which Scops Arts Trust is currently supporting.

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East Neuk Festival

East Neuk Festival’s annually commissioned Big Projects bring community musicians and artists together with top professionals such as John Luther Adams and Scanner to create new work rooted in local themes and stories. They reach international audiences and offer a life-enhancing opportunity to create and premiere world class performances. They have won Royal Philharmonic Society and New Music Scotland Awards.

Grant awarded: £10,000 x 3 years

Orchestras for All

Orchestras for All’s Modulo Programme gives 11-18-year olds the chance to form an ensemble, then join forces with other young people from across the country to perform in a pop-up orchestra. Inclusive of any young musician regardless of their instrument, skill level or experience, the Modulo Programme supports music leaders to provide opportunities for music-making in schools and community groups.

Grant awarded: £30,000 x 3 years

Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band

Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band is using funding from Scops Arts Trust to develop its D&M Lothian Training Band which encourages children and adults to take up an instrument and join the brass banding community, and also involve more experienced players who may have not played for a number of years. The grant will be used to purchase music stands, music storage and musical instruments.

Grant awarded: £5,000

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Britten Pear Arts

Britten Pear Arts delivers a wide range of work with young people. Our four very different programmes enable musical knowledge and skills development at every level, whilst providing wider support, mentoring and social engagement. We work with young people both in and out of school, at every level of musical proficiency and across genres. Through the music itself, and the wider social engagement and support, our programmes are living proof that music can change young lives every day.

Grant awarded: £30,000 x 3 years



Tinderbox Collective runs several programmes which work with around 1000 children and young people each year. Our projects are open to anyone, whether a complete beginner or young professional, and are helping to build a vibrant and diverse community of musicians across Scotland. Projects include Alternative Orchestras, Youth Clubs, Digital Arts hubs, and workshops in a variety of settings. This grant has provided stability and continuity and given us the opportunity to plan ahead and develop our programmes.

Grant awarded: £20,000 x 3 years

Friends of Thistleton Church

Thistleton is a rural village in the East Midlands with limited access to the arts as the nearest venues are in Leicester or Birmingham. The grant from Scops Arts Trust will allow this volunteer-led organisation to hold its very first music festival – 10 concerts in 10 days


Grant awarded: £3,570

Cumnock Tryst

The Cumnock Tryst

Over the next two years, A Musical Celebration of the Coalfields will give individuals and community groups across Cumnock and Doon Valley the opportunity to create a piece of music theatre reflecting their own personal response to their landscape, social history and community. Under the musical direction of Sir James MacMillan, this project will be delivered by The Cumnock Tryst and professionals from across the arts.

Grant awarded: £20,000 x 2 years