Music Aberdeen

History & background

Like many initiatives, Music Aberdeen was born out of a sense of frustration. Frustration that so many excellent musicians and friends keep leaving Aberdeen. This becomes exacerbated by the fact that they move for “more opportunities” but ultimately often find themselves with fewer; trying to break into a music scene in a large city can be challenging. What can we do to change this? How can we show people how much Aberdeen and the North East has to offer?

Aberdeen is sometimes perceived as being too remote from cultural centres to support a thriving music scene. We believe the very opposite is true. Aberdeen’s relative geographical isolation forces local amateur and professional musicians to create their own opportunities.

In larger cities, it may be easier to be a cultural consumer; but in Aberdeen, there is more freedom to be a cultural creator, which, in our view, is far more rewarding. Each bit of support someone contributes to the sector, whether that be attending an event, providing a donation, or helping run an ensemble, makes a small but significant difference to the whole music ecosystem, much greater than the equivalent act in a larger city.


  • Promote the quality and breadth of music in the North East of Scotland
  • Connect musicians with groups and support cross-ensemble collaboration
  • Reach new audiences through our website listing local concerts and events


For more information, please visit the website. 

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