Inspiring performance since 1911. Over one hundred years of music, speech, drama and dance.

Evolving and growing talent for over 100 years

Glasgow Music Festival is annual festival of music, dance, speech and drama.

Each festival provides a public platform for some 7,000 performers in a varied programme of events spanning two weeks during March. Performers have the opportunity to develop their skills using advice and encouragement given by a team of experienced adjudicators. In addition, they can benefit from observing other performances and through meeting fellow participants from across Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom.

Although much of the Festival centres around young people, amateur performers of all ages take part. There are events for groups of almost any size and description in addition to an extensive programme for solo performance.

Performers at the Festival have wide-ranging experience and abilities. Some are ‘high flyers’ who will become professional performers with flourishing international careers. For many, however, music, dance, speech and drama will remain worthwhile interests which provide enjoyment and valuable recreation.

All tasks in the organisation and administration of Glasgow Music Festival are undertaken by a team of dedicated volunteers who work throughout the year and commit considerable amounts of time and skill. During the festival fortnight, a large number of voluntary stewards join the team. All money collected in entry fees, admission and advertising charges, and raised by the Association through membership, sponsorship and donations, is applied directly in running and promoting the Festival.

Glasgow Music Festival is a festival member of The British and International Federation of Festivals for Music, Dance and Speech.

Support our work – become an association member

Glasgow Music Festival Association is a Scottish charity that actively encourages and develops interest and participation in amateur performing arts. It provides vital support for the annual Festival and, from time to time, for other events and activities.
The Association was founded in 1910 and organised the first Festival, a four-day event, part of the Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry, held in Glasgow in 1911.
Over the years, Association members have been instrumental in the development of the Festival. Today, the support of members continues to be vital for its success. Please give your support to Glasgow Music Festival by joining the Association. Members receive:

  • Access to observe the work of the Association at selected Festival sessions;
  • An e-copy of the Festival Syllabus;
  • Advance notification of Festival events; and
  • A vote at general meetings of the Association.
Use the link to download further details, subscription information and an application form.
Association Membership Form

Advertising and Sponsorship

Advertising and Sponsorship Reach potential customers and get involved in the community.

As a major annual arts event, Glasgow Music Festival offers many ways in which to promote your business or organisation. It provides an effective means of communicating with potential customers and clients and of supporting the community in which your customers live and work. Contact us to find out about advertising in our publications or to discuss sponsorship of the Festival or particular events. There is considerable potential for innovative collaboration to meet our mutual objectives.

Equal Opportunities Statement.

Glasgow Music Festival operates an equal opportunities policy whereby no person by reason of religious belief, political opinion, sex, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability is treated less favourably nor is disadvantaged for those reasons by conditions or requirements which cannot be justified. This Festival is committed to implementing policies designed to promote equality of opportunity, to secure fair participation for any under-represented group and to reject absolutely unlawful discrimination of any kind

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Download Glasgow Music Festival Syllabus

Everything you need to know about the festival in one comprehensive, printable document

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