We are delighted to be providing an avenue for these projects to flourish. The passion these groups have for music is inspiring. The range, not only in the types of groups but also in the spread of ages, shows us that music really is for everybody."Miriam O'Keeffe, Director of the Performing Arts Fund
Date: 30.10.2012 Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.11
The BBC Performing Arts Fund has awarded over £250,000 to community groups across the UK through its Community Music scheme.
Grants of up to £10,000 have been awarded to 47 not-for-profit groups in order to develop the talent within the group, encourage new members, produce workshops and projects that bring them closer with their communities and raise their profile. The scheme has encouraged groups to take on more challenging projects through commissions and working collaboratively with other local organisations as well as professional artists.
The successful groups were able to demonstrate that their projects were challenging and ambitious yet achievable, that their project would develop the group and its members, and that the group would collaborate with and have an impact on the wider community. From producing a programme of workshops for marginalised youth throughout Manchester to inviting an African drumming expert to the Shetland Isles for intensive tuition – the projects are as diverse in idea as they are in location.
Miriam O'Keeffe, Director of the Performing Arts Fund, said: “We are delighted to be providing an avenue for these projects to flourish. The passion these groups have for music is inspiring. The range, not only in the types of groups but also in the spread of ages, shows us that music really is for everybody.”
Responses from winners:
“The support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund will enable us not only to stage a concert for some of the most vulnerable people in our community, but to develop the skills within our choir to provide a lasting resource for the future… ReSound Community Choir, and the future audiences of West Lancashire, would like to say a big thank you!”
ReSound Community Choir, Lancashire
“…for the vast majority of our participants this will be a totally new experience - it will result in a lasting memory for the performers and have a really positive effect on music making throughout the local community.”
Dacorum Community Choir, Herts
“We now look forward to getting on with our project and producing a dynamic and tangible illustration of the enabling benefits that the Performing Arts Fund can bring to local communities and society in general.”
The BBC Performing Arts Fund is a registered charity, number 1101276.
The charity (formerly Fame Academy Bursary Trust) was set up in 2003 within the BBC. The fund receives revenue from the voting lines of BBC One entertainment programmes that seek to find new performing talent (including The Voice, How Do you Solve A Problem Like Maria? and Over the Rainbow).
To date the fund has allocated more than £4 million to talented performing arts individuals and community groups, as well as offering mentoring and advice to help them achieve their goals.
The Fund's mission is to seek out and support aspiring performing arts individuals and community groups who, for reasons of lack of existing support, personal background or circumstance, would not have been able to achieve their most ambitious goals or greatest potential without the Fund's support or intervention.