Since its foundation in 1966, The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland has helped to foster and promote Scotland's unique musical traditions.
The TMSA is a membership organisation open to all. Our members include music enthusiasts, festival fans, amateur and professional performers, tutors, academics and entire families.
The TMSA encourages both widespread popular participation and individual artistic excellence. Its branches provide opportunities for participation (as performer and audience) for people of all ages and abilities by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops, tours and competitions.
The branches are each involved in sustaining the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland as a whole.
Each year, the TMSA organises a national tour of the finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition – The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange. As well as performing in concerts, the young musicians meet tradition bearers and give workshops for schools and the general public.
The TMSA is delivering a programme of free Sessions celebrating Homecoming Scotland 2014. See the What's On page for details of where and when these are taking place along with other events, folk clubs & sessions around the country.
Each year, the TMSA produces a hard copy publication of Event Calendar which is distributed through railways stations, VisitScotland centres and other outlets. It is also available online on our website along with general web listings of events, workshops, sessions and folk clubs.