The City of Edinburgh Council’s cultural venues collective has appointed James Bruce as programme development manager. The position, which is based at the Usher Hall also covers city landmarks the Assembly Rooms, Ross Bandstand and Church Hill Theatre.

Bruce will focus on the curation of events across four of the capital’s venues, with the diverse portfolio catering for a broad range of performances, with capacity for 10 to 2,300 attendees.

Bruce brings more than 10 years of experience in the music entertainment sector, having helped deliver more than 250 events per year in his previous role as senior promoter at PCL Presents.

Having previously held roles at London-based artist-ticketing platform CrowdSurge/Songkick and Coca-Cola during the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations, Bruce has led major label album releases, worldwide arena tour announcements and the production of 55,000 capacity concerts.


Karl Chapman, service manager of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Cultural Venues, comments: “James will help us to develop fantastic concerts and events across a colourful range of music genres. He has a proven track record of delivering innovative, successful events and understands what it takes to work with and for a diverse range of artists, promoters, tour managers and agents.  We are delighted to have him on board and excited for the months and years ahead.”


Bruce comments: “This is an exciting time for the Cultural Venues which are entertaining festival audiences 70 years on from the very first Festival concert at the Usher Hall in 1947.

“I’m looking forward to delivering the type of five star experiences and programmes the venues’ concert-goers have come to expect and love, while bringing in new artists and events.”