Carol Main MBE is Director of Live Music Now Scotland and Live Music Now International Development (UK) as well as a freelance music journalist, mainly as classical music editor of The List and music reviewer for the Scotsman. She is currently Chair of The Night With…, Board member of the European Federation of National Youth Orchestras and Convenor of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee at RCS. In April 2021, she was appointed as a member of the Board of Creative Scotland.
After studying Music and English at Edinburgh University, while also a part-time student of singing at the RSAMD (now RCS), Carol was the founding Director of the National Association of Youth Orchestras, and established its Festival of British Youth Orchestras in Edinburgh and Glasgow between 1979 and 2003. She co-founded the European Association of Youth Orchestras and was a founding member of the European Union Cultural Forum. She has served on the Music Committee, Local Authority Partnerships, Cross Media and Arts and Social Inclusion Panels of the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) and was one of SAC’s first Specialist Advisors, as well as a Creative Scotland Panel Member and Assessor. . She has also served on the boards of the Association of British Orchestras and TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture of Scotland), as well as being a past Chair of Hebrides Ensemble and Enterprise Music Scotland, and Vice-Chair of the Traditional Music Forum and Voluntary Arts Scotland. She served almost 20 years as a Board Director of Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received a Herald Archangel at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival. Carol was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to music.