Leading independent music charity Help Musicians UK announced the appointment of Suzanne Miller as Development Manager to its newly established HM Scotland office dedicated to supporting, advocating for and championing the vibrant and globally loved Scottish music scene.
Suzanne’s twenty-year international career blends commercial and creative sector expertise, which has seen her delivering holistic support and impactful services for creatives and musicians across Scotland. She will continue to build and expand on the charity’s operations in Scotland, by building on industry connections and addressing the ever-evolving needs of the industry within Scotland, supporting local emerging talent through focussed creative opportunities.
Originally from Scotland, Suzanne grew up and graduated in the US, where she developed a successful career in the commercial sector. In 2006, Suzanne returned to Scotland and continued to develop and deliver programmes across the UK as MD within a revenue generating Business Process Outsourcing organisation. Suzanne then made a career change to the creative sector, attending University of Glasgow for her Masters in the cultural sector. In 2014, Suzanne joined Cultural Enterprise Scotland (CEO) as Head of Engagement where she developed and delivered national digital and live engagement events, Masterclasses and Workshops to support Scotland’s creative communities to create, scale and grow their creative practices. She has combined her passion and education for the arts with a drive to further embed the social, economic and artistic value of the arts into Scotland’s modern culture.
Launched by HMUK in January 2018, HM Scotland aims to reach the entire country, having an impact beyond the central belt into the Highlands, Islands, and borders of Scotland through programmes of support, advice and campaigns. HM Scotland supports all genres in Scotland, celebrating the musical heritage and history of Scottish music, creating sustainable programmes, health and welfare support, creative opportunities and campaigns. Working in partnership with individuals and organisations, HM Scotland pledges that every penny raised in the country will go back into Scotland.
Welcoming Suzanne’s appointment, Chief Executive Richard Robinson said, “We would like to congratulate and welcome Suzanne Miller to the charity. She will play a pivotal role in HM Scotland’s long-term commitment to the nation. With our offices in Northern Ireland and now Scotland, HMUK is has become a truly national charity and is committed to developing strong links across the UK, Suzanne’s role will further develop partnerships with local stakeholders in Scotland, so that we can understand the specific needs and support the health, wellbeing and creative opportunities for the local community of musicians and industry professionals.”
Suzanne Miller added, “This is an incredibly exciting time in Scotland’s music sector. Working with the Scottish and UK team at Help Musicians gives our talented regional team a unique opportunity to embed HMUK’s values of collaboration, positivity and passion here in Scotland, while adding a vital avenue of support to the existing landscape. What excites me most is that as an independent charity, we are free to develop community relationships and deliver impactful services that provide real life solutions for musicians and the wider Scottish music sector in a holistic and responsive manner. I look forward to partnering with the sectors’ leaders and innovators to support our musicians and music organisations across all genres in every region of the country.”