The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today announced funding to support musicians under 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 who have not received a grant from the fund in the previous five years. It is open to bands based in Northern Ireland, which are formally constituted, including marching, accordion, brass, concert, flute, pipe and wind bands.
Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:
“Northern Ireland has a fine history of musicianship, one which is celebrated all over the world and bands provide a fantastic training ground for musicians wanting to learn new instruments 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.”
Go to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s website for full details and to apply online. There is also a webinar on the Musical Instruments for Bands programme.
The deadline for applications to the Musical Instruments Scheme is 12 Noon, Monday 18th October.