Youth band in bid to bag some brass
MIDDLETON Youth Band is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from a supermarket scheme.
The band has applied for a £4,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help, a community funding scheme run together with Groundwork, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to community projects.
Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and Middleton has made the cut.
Now shoppers are being invited to vote in stores for who they think should take away the top grant.
Middleton Youth Band aims to make it easier and more accessible for young people from all backgrounds to play a brass instrument, and provides tuition and instrument loan to any young person who wants to learn.
The funding from Tesco Bags of Help would allow the band to take on a new cohort of beginners, launch new brass workshops, and provide advanced practical and theory tuition to players.
Louise Crane, Middleton Youth Band’s manager and musical director, said: “We think that musical education can really make a positive dif- ference in young person’s life.
“The benefits of learning to play an instrument are vast and varied, from developing confidence and improved memory skills to a widening social circle.
“Our young people develop skills which can really shape their lives both academically and socially.”
Voting is open in all Tesco stores in January and February and customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.
Alec Brown, head of community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response from customers.
“It’s such a special scheme because it’s local people who decide how the money will be spent in their community.
“There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”
Groundwork’s national chief executive, Graham Duxbury, added: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve the local spaces and places that matter to them.”
Middleton Youth Band are looking for funding
The band in rehearsals