The Scottish International Piano Competition has received £1,000 sponsorship funding towards meeting the running costs of the competition from Glasgow-based financial planning company VWM Wealth, matched pound for pound by Arts & Business Scotland’s New Arts Sponsorship Grants Programme. VMW Wealth’s sponsorship of the Competition is one of the last projects to receive match funding from the Programme as it transitions to the new Culture & Business Fund Scotland from April this year.
The prestigious Scottish International Piano Competition (SIPC), which began in 1986, takes place in Glasgow from 1 – 10 September 2017. It is one of just three major international piano competitions in the UK which are members of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.
Liz Cameron Chair of SIPC Board said,
“We are extremely pleased to have financial support from VWM Wealth and most grateful to have their funding matched pound for pound by the New Arts Sponsorship Grant Programme managed by Arts & Business Scotland. The new Culture & Business Fund Scotland, which has evolved from the New Arts Sponsorship Grants Programme,is a good opportunity for new sponsorship from businesses keen to support the arts and heritage sectors, and hopefully will be the basis for long-lasting relationships”
Ken Welsh of VWM Wealth said,
“VWM Wealth are delighted to be able to support the prestigious Scottish International Piano Competition. Music enhances our lives at all ages and we are very pleased to be able to help financially support this competition which recognised the talents of these young musicians from around the world at the early stages of their careers.”
Carl Watt, Head of Programmes at Arts & Business Scotland, said: “Following on from the successful launch of the new Culture & Business Fund Scotland in April, it’s great to see one of the last sponsorships from its predecessor, the New Arts Sponsorship Grants Programme, help such a prestigious competition to take place with the generous support of VWM Wealth. The aim of the Culture & Business Fund Scotland is to promote collaboration between businesses and cultural organisations and to encourage long term, mutually beneficial partnerships.”
The Culture & Business Fund Scotland aims to encourage greater partnership working between business and culture by match funding private sector sponsorship of cultural activities pound for pound. Eligible projects can receive grant funding between £1,000 and £40,000, matched by business sponsorship of the same value. allows organisations to apply for match funding up to the value of £40,000 and fast-track applications for smaller amounts between £1000 and £3000. The grants are funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, and managed by Arts & Business Scotland.
The 2017 Scottish International Piano Competition presents 30 competitors, from the ages of 16 – 30, from 20 countries across 4 continents, and this year’s panel, chaired by Professor Aaron Shorr, Head of Keyboard at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, includes Scotland’s premier pianist, Steven Osborne who appears at both the BBC Proms in London and at the Edinburgh International Festival this summer.
The preliminary and semi-final rounds are held in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (1 – 7 September) and the final is in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (Sunday 10 September) when pianists will perform with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) under Thomas Søndergård.
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