NSW Government backs community bands

Twenty-seven community bands across the state will share in NSW Government funding to reach new audiences and further develop their performance skills and musicianship.

Arts NSW Executive Director Michael Brealey said the funding will support activities including workshops, concerts, sister band relationships and development of promotional, production and IT skills.

“For decades local bands, big and small, have been playing a central role in community-building as well as nurturing talented musicians of all ages across the state,” Mr Brealey said.

“With these Community Band Development Grants the NSW Government is investing $27,000 to help local bands expand their skills, gain new audiences and promote their activities.”

Of the 27 recipients, 20 bands are from regional NSW and two are from Western Sydney.

The grants are administered by the peak organising body for community brass and concert bands, the Band Association of NSW, on behalf of Arts NSW.

Formed in 1895, the Band Association of NSW is one of the oldest and longest serving volunteer organisations in the country and has been proudly supported by the NSW Government for more than 25 years.

The 2017 Community Band Development Grant recipients are:

  • Albury City Band, Murray, $1,500 for workshops and a festival in May 2017 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Albury City Band.
  • Beauty Point Community Concert Band, Sydney, $1,000 to build the adult membership of this new band.
  • Brisbane Water Brass, Central Coast, $800 towards a tour to the Mid North Coast in March 2017.
  • Cardiff Northlakes Brass Band, Hunter, $400 for a senior citizens concert.
  • City of Holroyd Brass Band, Western Sydney, $1,000 for youth band workshops and camps.
  • City of Orange Brass Band, Central West, $1,900 for workshops and annual brass celebration concerts, including for the first time the Orange Salvation Army Just Brass Program.
  • City of Wollongong Brass Band, Illawarra, $900 for concerts in June and November 2017.
  • City of Wollongong Wind Band, Illawarra, $900 for concerts in March and August 2017.
  • Forbes Town and District Band, Central West, $800 for a community engagement program with schools, nursing homes and smaller towns.
  • Gunnedah Shire Band, Northern, $1,000 for workshops and travel expenses to broaden its audience.
  • Hills Music Academy Senior Band, Western Sydney, $1,500 for a Christmas in July Concert and festive activities.
  • Hunter Regional Band Association, Hunter, $1,500 for the Festival of the Bands and the Bands in the Park concerts.
  • Junee TRAINing Band, Murrumbidgee, $1,000 for the professional training of band beginners.
  • Lake Macquarie Winds, Hunter, $800 for a workshop and concert program.
  • Lakes Concert Band, Central Coast, $400 for web page development.
  • Lane Cove Concert Band, Sydney, $1,200 to host a weekend of youth and community workshops and concert.
  • Mudgee Concert Band, North Western, $1,000 towards the promotion and IT support of this new band.
  • Northern Youth Symphonic Wind, Sydney, $1,000 for an annual concert and promotion to local primary schools.
  • PCYC Brass Band, Hunter, $400 for rehearsals and workshops.
  • Port Macquarie Hastings Municipal Band, Mid-North Coast, $800 for music reading workshops.
  • Ryde City Concert Band, Sydney, $1,000 for workshops and mentoring of young instrumentalists.
  • South Pacific Concert Band, Western Sydney, $1,000 to support a concert fundraiser with the Forbes Band for the SES.
  • Sutherland PCYC Concert Band, Sydney, $1,000 to perform with a local band a concert program in Jenolan Caves.
  • Sydney Wind Symphony, $1,500 to promote its community wind ensemble and schools performance program.
  • Torronto Brass, Hunter, $1,000 to attend the 10th Brass Celebration in Orange.
  • Wallarah Community Band, Central Coast, $1,200 to develop school band players into a youth band for the northern Central Coast.
  • Waratah Brass Newcastle, Hunter, $500 for workshops for existing and emerging brass players.
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Published: 17 March 2017