Clarke welcomes additional £100,000 for marching bands

10 October 2016

South Antrim DUP MLA Trevor Clarke has welcomed the news that almost £100,000 extra has been awarded to the Musical Instruments for Bands Programme from the Department of Communities Minister Paul Givan. The extra money was confirmed in a response to a question by Mr Clarke in today’s Assembly.

Trevor Clarke MLA

Trevor Clarke

The successful and highly popular scheme was announced by the Minister for Communities in July.

Mr Clarke said, “I am pleased to hear of so many bands that have applied for money through the Musical Instruments for Bands Programme.

This is a vital scheme to promote musical talent and culture in our communities. Bands contribute so much to society providing not only music, but an outlet for both young and old to come together and meet.

The amount of applicants for the process highlights the popularity for the scheme and I am pleased to learn that the Minister will allocate almost £100,000 extra, increasing funding to £300,000 for the programme, hopefully allowing more to benefit from it.”

He added, “The reinstatement of the Musical Instruments for Bands Programme was very welcome news within the marching bands sector. It had been disappointing for many who previously benefitted from the scheme that had been removed by the previous Minister. I commend my colleague Paul Givan for bringing the programme forward and for delivering on the DUPs commitment to support local bands.”

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