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 a Board Director of the Association of British Orchestras, the Traditional Music Forum, TRACS (Traditional Arts and Culture of Scotland) and, until recently, was a member of the Board of Directors of St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh. Carol was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to music.
After studying Music and English at Edinburgh University, while also a part-time student of singing at the RSAMD, 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. She is a past Chair and Director of Enterprise Music Scotland, Hebrides Ensemble and Vice-Chair of Voluntary Arts Scotland. She served almost 20 years as a Board Director of Edinburgh Festival Fringe and was awarded a Herald Archangel at the 2002 Edinburgh Festival.