Every now and again Ralph veers off at a tangent to look at someplace, someone or something that's music related but goes the extra mile. In this case it's Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland who go the extra mile and then some in providing music therapy to vulnerable children, young people and adults across Scotland.
They work with people who have a range of challenges including autistic spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, mental health problems, life limiting illnesses and dementia. In a typical week, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy see nearly 400 people in their clinics, schools, hospitals and other settings.
They have four music therapy clinics in Broxburn (Edinburgh & Lothians), Maryhill (Glasgow), Crosshill (Fife) and Dundee. They accept referrals from parents, carers and professionals, as well as self-referrals and offer workshops and short courses for people who are interested in finding more about how music can have an impact on well being. Plus they also offer a bespoke service for training for organisations.
This year is the 15th anniversary of The Scottish Music Awards is a celebration of the massive strength and huge diversity of Scotland's internationally successful and renowned music industry. It's also the biggest single source of funding for the charity, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland. The awards ceremony takes place on the 23rd of November 2013 at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow and it's a star studded event.
To celebrate the 15th annual star-studded Scottish Music Awards, five of Scotland's top selling artists are vying to win a new Tartan Clef Award category – The Fan's Choice. You can vote for your favourite and you'll be entered into a prize draw to win two tickets to join the stars at the Awards courtesy of the Sunday Mail.
|Love and Money at last years awards. Chris James ©|
Terms & Conditions: The prize draw winner will be chosen at random and notified via phone or email. The prize consists of two tickets to the Scottish Music Awards on Saturday 23 November 2013 at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow to attend the dinner and award ceremony. The prize includes a four course meal for two; any additional costs (drinks, travel, accommodation) are not included. Voting closes at midnight on Thursday 14 November 2013. The winning act will be announced at the Scottish Music Awards on Saturday 23 November 2013. Voting is open to anyone.
|The View at last years awards. Chris James ©|
The five shortlisted acts are Emeli Sande , Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Susan Boyle and Texas, based on the artists who have sold the most albums in the UK from Oct 1 2012 to Sept 30 2013, based on data from more than 6,500 stores compiled by the Official Charts Company - which also compiles the UK's Official Charts as well as the Official Scottish Albums Charts.
To find out more about the invaluable work that Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland does click on their name in any of the links throughout the blog and you can donate to the charity from the link below.
Make a donation to Nordoff - Robbins Music Therapy (scotland)
A final word from Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland...
"The charity receives no statutory funding; and requires approximately £400,000 a year to help fund our services. Our fundraising efforts are critical for the continuation of our vital work in local communities; almost 70% of our service users require some subsidy from the charity to access music therapy. The biggest event on our calendar is the annual “Scottish Music Awards – The Tartan Clefs”, most recently raising over £60,000.
For more information on Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland please visit their website www.nordoffrobbinsscotland.org.uk or call 01506 239 578. For information on their fundraising activities and events, please visit www.tartanclef.org or call 0141 572 7079.