176,000 investment for the Brass  Band Sector
                                                 Tuesday, 28th August,
                               The Holiday Inn, Queensway,  Birmingham

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Special General Meeting (SGM) for the British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB) is arguably the most significant event for the Brass Band Sector in England this century.
In April 2012 Arts Council England (ACE) committed to make an investment of 176,000 in BFBB as their chosen national strategic partner for developing and supporting Brass Band music making in England until 2015. This is nearly a 400% increase on their 45,000 core revenue funding for BFBB over the last 3 years.
This level of investment will enable BFBB to significantly increase the core staff team and resources available to assist our members.
For example the introduction of the BFBB National Liaison Officer post in 2011 has already helped Brass Bands obtain an extra 100,000 of funding from Grants for the Arts in the past year. To continue this success the BFBB will be looking to appoint a new Education Officer post in 2012/13 to help maximise the benefits to our members from the new Music Education Hubs that will be solely responsible for all music education inside/outside of schools in England from September 2012.
To secure this investment and implement the partnership agreement with ACE we need membership approval at the BFBB AGM & SGM to dissolve the existing unincorporated charity - BFBB - and transfer all assets/liabilities to a new charity - Brass Bands England - incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee.
By now you should have received notice of the AGM & SGM meetings sent by post on 2nd August. A full copy of the invitation and explanatory notes are attached here as well for your information.


The British Federation of Brass Bands (BFBB) has announced its new Progressive Band Awards, which will be awarded to member bands that show innovation and diversity through their work.


Awards will be made of up to 250 and will be awarded to bands that, in the opinion of the BFBB, present innovative project ideas. Only one award can be received per year and awards will only be made to new projects.

'Awards will be made of up to 250 and will be awarded to bands that, in the opinion of the BFBB, present innovative project ideas'


Further criteria dictates that projects should be innovative in order to increase participation and find new audiences; commission new original music; combine with other art forms; utilise digital communication systems; increase participation by minority groups; forge links with schools/community groups.

No awards will be made towards competitive events or contests, the production of CDs or DVDs or the purchase of instruments, uniforms or sheet music.


Further information can be gained direct from the BFBB by e-mailing Philip Watson at

Applications should be made in writing to:-

Progressive Band Awards
The British Federation of Brass Bands
Unit 12, Maple Estate, Stocks Lane
S75 2BL

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