Foden’s Band secures major award from Arts Council England through ‘Grants for the Arts’ for “Three Year Strategic Music and Audience Development Plan 2016-2019”.
Grants for the Arts is supported using Public Funding by Arts Council England. The grant over three years is worth £31,020 towards a total project cost worth a staggering £84,534.
This is to be used to develop a Foden’s Youth Festival to run over a weekend each year over the 3 year development plan; To further develop the Foden’s Band Website with player development videos to support young and developing players.
To promote a concert and workshop with the ‘ Wallace Collection’ as guest artists and to promote a joint concert with the world famous “Superbrass” .
Foden’s Band will also Commission two composers, Derek Bourgeois and Andy Scott to write two major commissions of 15 minute duration suitable for test-pieces over the three years to be premiered at two key events, the one celebrating the famous Double Hat Trick of wins achieved by Fodens at the National Championship of Great Britain 1932,3,4 and again in 1936,37&38 using Derek Bourgeois and the second major commission to commemorate the Centenary of the death of Edwin Firth (Principal Cornetist with Foden’s Band at the outbreak of World War 1) who was killed in 1918 whilst serving during the war. These commissions will be recorded onto separate cd’s as part of the project.
Further funding will also be used to Develop and market existing and new events to widen existing audiences by adopting a professional approach to management and audience development.
Mark Wilkinson commented, 'This couldn’t have come at a better time for Foden’s due to the recent devastating fire at our bandroom. A lot of work has been put into the funding application to deliver excellence and ideas for interesting artistic projects. We are very excited about this great award and are looking forward to working with such talent as the Wallace Collection, Superbrass, Derek Bourgeois and Andy Scott as well as further strengthening our connections with youth development which we are publically recognised'