north east scotland's festival of new music


funders and sponsors

sound gratefully acknowledges the support of the following: Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Endowments Trust, Astor of Hever Trust, British Music Information Centre, Contemporary Music Network, EventScotland Regional Events Programme, The Hinrichsen Foundation, Hope Scott Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, Petro-Canada UK Ltd, PRS Foundation, RVW Trust, Scottish Arts Council, and the University of Aberdeen.

Patrons: Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE and James MacMillan

For sponsorship opportunities, please read our sponsorship document and/or email us on

sound friends

If you share in our passion for new music, you can personally support sound by becoming a Friend. As a friend you will receive a number of benefits including:

  • Invitation to the annual launch event
  • sound t-shirt for the first 50 members
  • Free entry to special friends events
  • 10% discount on festival passes
  • Programme posted
  • Special emails and updates
  • Participation in annual sound consultation evening


  • Single: a minimum donation of £20/ £15 (concessions)
  • Joint (same address): a minimum donation of £35/ £25 (concessions)

Your donation will help us in our mission to make new music more accessible to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. To become a sound Friend, email or follow this link to download a Friends form.

For sound Friends who are interested, you may also be able to help with various 'behind the scenes' aspects of the festival. Possibilities include acting as Front of House for events, hosting composers/musicians. Please let us know if you are interested in these unique and fun opportunities when completing your form.


For those who would like to commission a new work, sound has unique opportunities for the 2008 festival, including helping fund saxophone commissions by Andy Scott and Charlotte Harding. sound is also happy to facilitate other commissions of new music, new collaborations, or hosting a composer/artist's visit for future events. To discuss this type of donation and its benefits, please contact Fiona Robertson, Festival Coordinator at .