north east scotland's festival of new music


This page provides details of some opportunities to get involved in sound, and is arranged into the following sections: funders | friends | sponsorship information


sound gratefully acknowledges the support of the following: Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen Endowments Trust, Astor of Hever Trust, David Gordon Memorial Trust, Educational Institute of Scotland, Gordon Fraser Trust, Hugh Fraser Foundation, Leche Trust, PRS Foundation, The Robertson Trust, RVW Trust, Scottish Arts Council, and the University of Aberdeen.

Patrons: Dame Evelyn Glennie DBE, James MacMillan and Rohan de Saram.

sound friends

If you share our passion for new music, you can personally support sound by becoming a Friend of the festival. As a Friend you will get a number of benefits both during and beyond the festival, including:

  • An invitation for you and a friend to attend the launch event on 28th October
  • Priority mailing of the festival programme
  • Quarterly Friends of the festival newsletters and updates: feedback on sound 2009, first draft of next year's programme and reminder for any off season events
  • Participation in annual sound consultation evening

A single membership costs a minimum donation of £20/ £15 (concessions).
A joint membership (same address) costs a minimum donation of £35/ £25 (concessions).

To become a sound Friend, email or follow this link to download a Friends form.

How to get involved?

As a supporter of sound 2009, you will be associated with an astounding success story in the Scottish arts scene and will position your company as a partner of one of the region's most promising and cutting-edge festivals.

There are many ways in which you can sponsor and support sound. You can sponsor or part-sponsor a concert, a residency, a commission, an education project or the whole festival.

Please read on, download our sponsorship opportunities document and/or email us on

General support to sound 2009

You can sponsor the festival as a whole for any amount over £1,000. As such, your logo will be included on our website and on our festival brochure of which 30,000 copies are widely distributed across Scotland and targeted customers in the UK.

Sponsor a concert or series of concerts

Once more, we have a choice of different concerts and weekends of new music and dance that you could support. Your logo will be present on all specific advertising for the event you have chosen to fund. This is a great opportunity for you to offer your staff complimentary tickets.

Support of our education programme

The community and educational projects we organise during sound are extremely important, offering local musicians and composers, schools and general public the opportunity to learn from top-class artists. "Keyboard Collective" with pianocircus will be our main educational project this year with performances in Aberdeenshire and the Highlands including sound launch on 28th October.

Your logo will be present on all specific advertising for the project (invitation and brochure). This is also a great opportunity for display and corporate branding at all related events.

Commission new music

For those interested in the creation of works of art, we commission a number of works every year. This year's opportunities will involve new works from Param Vir, Steve Davismoon, Pippa Murphy, Oliver Searle, Paul Tierney and Gareth Williams. sound is also happy to facilitate other collaborations, including the hosting of a particular composer/artist's participation in sound.

Other ideas

We are very flexible and will welcome any help and support you can give us may it be monetary or in-kind. Please get in touch; we would be delighted to discuss our different sponsorship opportunities with you.

Further opportunities for complimentary tickets, corporate hospitality and advertising are available for every option and can be tailored to your needs and wishes.