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Arts Council announces funding for 24 bands to purchase new instruments

Thursday 25th November 2021 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today announced details of 24 bands awarded funding through its Musical Instruments for Bands (MIB) Programme.

Thanks to capital investment from the Department for Communities, the Programme is designed to help bands across Northern Ireland upgrade worn out instruments and purchase new ones.

The Programme provides grants of up to £10,000 for the purchase of instruments for bands based in Northern Ireland, which are formally constituted, including marching, accordion, brass, concert, flute, pipe and wind bands.

Among the 24 bands to receive funding this week is CWA Brass Band in Carrickfergus. Lead and conducted by Gary Proctor, the band offers learning and development opportunities for players of all ages and is the current 2021 North of Ireland 2nd Section Champions, also winning Best Cornet Section and retaining Best Bass Section. CWA’s grant of £9,995 will be used to purchase three new instruments – a silver plated cornet, a flugel horn and a euphonium.

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“Thanks to this funding, bands in communities across Northern Ireland will be able to purchase new instruments. These bands provide an important training ground for musicians at all levels, from those starting out learning an instrument, to those wishing to play regularly and develop their skills.

“Music has a powerful capacity to enrich lives, to bring people together and break down barriers to communication. This funding will go a long way in supporting this important sector, helping to improve opportunities for participation and the quality of music-making across all communities.”

To view a full list if awards go to:

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