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 and Vibrant Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire Council, AmbITion Scotland, Creative Scotland, Hugh Fraser Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Scandinavian Airlines 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
  • Priority mailing of the festival programme
  • Exclusive Friends e-bulletin keeping you up to date with what's going on at sound throughout the year
  • 2 for 1 tickets on a sound promoted event of your choice (limited to 2 tickets per membership)
  • Acknowledgement on our Friends' wall on sound website
  • Participation in annual sound consultation evening

Your donation provides support that is vital to the ongoing success of the festival.

A single membership costs a minimum donation of £20/ £15 (concessions).
A joint membership (same address) costs a minimum donation of £35/ £25 (concessions).
Memberships run for one festival and are renewed on an annual basis.
(Concession means anyone who is claiming benefit or unemployed, in full time education, senior citizens and registered disabled)

Becoming a Friend of sound is easy - you can sign up online here via (go to your account or create one if not registered yet, then click on Send Money to: ). Alternatively, you can also download a Friends form and send with cheque or BACS transfer to the following postal address:

c/o Woodend Barn
Banchory AB31 5QA

For Friends of sound who are interested, come and give us a hand 'backstage'… Possibilities include acting as Front of House for events, reviewing and documenting shows (video and photo). Please let us know if you are interested in these unique and fun opportunities when completing your form to become a Friend of sound.


As a supporter of sound 2011, 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 2011

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. "Love Music Festival" will be our main educational project this year.

From August 2011 to May 2012 we will be running a year-long pilot music education project in primary schools led by composer Kenneth Dempster. It aims to address the future lack of funding for arts education in schools, by working on a model project with two schools, documenting it and providing a toolkit allowing teachers to lead this sort of project by themselves with minimal exterior input. The project will include a series of workshops as well as the performance of a piece of musical theatre/opera which will be co-written by Kenneth Dempster and the teachers and children.

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. 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.