THE SUMMERHALL venue in Edinburgh has expanded its artist development programme this year.

The venue and arts centre has received funding from Creative Scotland and BBC Arts for the projects.

Little King, the alias of musician Matt Regan, and Harry Harris, also a musician, will be part of the new 2019 Associate Scheme, which comprises in-kind rehearsal space, an industry showcase and a performance slot at the second Southern Exposure Music Festival in June.

Harris is a singer/songwriter.

His last album, 2015’s Songs About Other People, was named Folk Album of the Year, with single The Ballad of Ronnie Radford named Track of the Year by Fatea Magazine.

Harris said: “I am honoured to be given this opportunity by Summerhall. So much cool stuff happens in this building, and I can honestly say I've had some of the most inspiring nights here watching gigs or seeing Fringe shows."

Regan added: "I’m hugely excited to be part of Summerhall’s Associate scheme. I’m looking forward to advice about how best to launch an album, find and expand on your audience and to making contacts in the music industry. I’ve worked in different art forms over the years, and am grateful to receive help moving into the Scottish music industry, and showcase my album which has taken me years to finish."

As already annoucned, the writer Jenni Fagan has been selected as the 2019 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow.

SCOTLAND'S leading jazz musicians, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Brian Kellock launch the latest instalment of Monday jazz and roots music presentations at Perth Theatre’s recently opened Joan Knight studio on April 25.

The Monday Night Thing series has brought top names from the U.S. and Ireland as well as prime attractions from the Scottish folk scene to the venue and the new tranche of concerts continues this trend, with Fife musician James Yorkston appearing on April 1, followed by Irish singer Brian Kennedy on April 8 and local jazz-rock-funk band Helias on April 15.

Singer Debra Salem presents her interpretations of Perth poet William Soutar’s work on April 22.

Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid is joined by pianist Harris Playfair and Mr McFall’s Chamber on April 29, with singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggans following on May 6 and young jazz pianist Fergus McCreadie’s trio completing the line-up on May 13. All concerts begin at 8pm.

ELEVEN projects which explore Scotland's links to Japan have received £100,000 in funding in a project supported by the British Council Scotland and Creative Scotland. The successful bids cover several art forms including theatre, music, visual arts and cross-disciplinary practices.

UK in Japan 2019-20 is a campaign that will start in September 2019 at the same time as the Rugby World Cup.

It will close in September 2020 with the end of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Tricky Hat, the Scottish theatre company will be working with partners in Japan to create and perform a new piece of multimedia participatory theatre.

Fiona Miller, Artistic Director, said, “Tricky Hat is delighted to be given the opportunity to further develop our collaborations with partners in Japan. The funding will enable us to create a new joint project Honō: Flames - with older people and artists in Scotland and Sendia in Japan in 2020.”

Creative Dundee also bid successfully to the fund.

Gillian Easson, the organisation’s Director said, “Seemingly unconnected, the cities of Dundee and Kobe have experienced dramatic periods of renewal, resilience and have rebuilt their civic confidence through culture and design."

The projects will take place between March this year and October 2020.