SongSeeds is able to provide affordable inclusive retreats in part, thanks to the amazing organizations we are partnered with.
The Southside Fringe Festival is an annual fringe festival based in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
It is ran independently by volunteers, however it does have the support of local politicians, business owners and venues. The festival is based out of it's headquarters "Fringe HQ" which is located in Shawlands in Glasgow. Since the Pandemic, the Southside Fringe has been devoted to platforming artists and keeping live music going. SongSeeds is delighted to partner with Southside Fringe for 2022 in order to deliver in-person retreats and workshops in Scotland.
FASE are a Music Producers Collective for women, trans women, non binary and gender fluid people created by SongSeeds very own Rosie Bans and Scottish artist and producer Jen Athan.
FASE create Events, Podcasts & Tutorials all aimed at demystifying music production and promotes spaces where music producers can discuss their careers, network and connect with one another.
SongSeeds is delighted to partner with FASE in order to provide a direct link for female, NB and GF group members who would like to learn more about and discuss music production in a safe and welcoming environment.
Utilising Becci's links with the University of the West Of Scotland, where she works as a lecturer, and our passion for songwriting in the community, SongSeeds is happy to welcome trainee practitioners form UWS as part of their Work Related Learning and Community Music Practice modules. Over the next few years, we hope to assist young creative practitioners in their professional development by supporting them to deliver workshops during our retreats while also getting the opportunity to take part and network with like-minded industry professionals.
SongSeeds participants have the opportunity to provide our students with helpful feedback and additional tips where practical, solidifying the peer sharing element of our community.
SongSeeds are delighted to be partnered with Music Broth to offer our retreat participants support with musical instruments. Music Broth are a Scottish social enterprise with the aim of improving access to musical instruments and music making opportunities for all by reducing social and financial barriers. Working on a 'pay in if you can' social enterprise system, Music Broth memberships for individuals are £6/month for any instrument delivered direct to you from their 1500+ item library, with all paid memberships supporting Music Broth wider work in the community.
SongSeeds participants have the opportunity to borrow an instrument or piece of equipment from Music Broth during their time at a SongSeeds retreat.
SongSeeds would not be able to deliver industry standard retreats at an affordable price if it were not for our funders, Creative Scotland.
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.
They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.
They distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.
It's funny how things work out. SongSeeds Online Songwriting retreats probably wouldn't exist was it not for Songs from Lockdown.
Originally a response to Covid-19’s affecting the Arts in March 2020, Songs from Lockdown was devised to promote the positive effects of peer-lead, task based songwriting by Becci Wallace and co-creator Rosie Bans. Centering around community driven feedback, focusing on building a supportive network of artists and fully online and distanced- SFL provided artists with a safe space to continue sharing their work. Songs From Lockdown acted as a 17 week test run for what would become SongSeeds online Songwriting Retreats.