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National Lottery: Brass Bands

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much has been given to brass bands from national lottery funds in each of the last five years. [Official Report, 20 May 2008, Vol. 476, c. 3MC.] (201218)

The big lottery fund has been able to supply the following figures for the value of relevant grants across the UK in the last five years, including grants made under the Awards for All joint scheme:

Total value of grants (£)

2003-04

144,293

2004-05

81,314

2005-06

151,542

2006-07

176,572

2007-08

109,663

Total

663,204

Arts Council England has been able to supply the following figures for lottery funding it has provided in the last five years for activities or projects that involve brass and silver bands. Arts Council England state that these figures have been prepared using a more sophisticated classification system than previously used. This system has been introduced to allow the Arts Council to more accurately classify projects that involve a number of different art forms or activities.

£

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Total

Activities or projects that involve brass or silver bands to some extent

39,315

78,958

72,214

21,890

39,972

252,349

Activities or projects that predominantly or wholly involve brass or silver bands

35,860

60,521

23,687

67,410

13,930

201,408

Total

75,175

139,479

95,901

89,300

53,902

453,757

‘Some extent’, is defined as funded activity or project classified as 25 per cent. or 50 per cent. relating to brass or silver bands. ‘Predominantly or wholly’, is defined as funded activity classified as 75 per cent. or 100 per cent. relating to brass or silver bands.

In addition youth music (which distributes lottery funds on behalf of the Arts Council) has provided the following financial support to the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain:

National youth brass band of Great Britain (£)

2003-04

100,000

2004-05

110,000

2005-06

120,000

2006-07

120,000

2007-08

123,000

Total

573,000