Woodhouse Prize Band is part of a national initiative launched by Brass Bands England to save the many UK brass bands who are struggling to survive through the COVID-19 pandemic. Brass bands are a core of their local community, and many risk disappearing altogether without your help.
Woodhouse Prize Band is one of the oldest in the world - formed way back in 1853! We are totally self supporting and rely on the generosity of donations. This year, the band has been unable to perform in public...entertaining our audiences is the thing we do best!
Throughout the run up to Christmas, we work hard at generating between £2-3k to ensure our basic running costs are met for the coming year. 2020 is unfortunately very different - this year we are missing out on concert entry fees, performance income and the loose change in our audiences pockets. (Not forgetting the summer concert season income).
Why are we crowdfunding?
We are basically raising funds to keep a roof over our head in 2021. We are lucky enough have been in our 'home' for 25 years. The last time we used the bandroom was Sunday 15th March, however, rent and bills are still being paid, regardless of a pandemic or not. In 2020, the band's income has been zero and to add to that, Christmas is likely to follow suit. Therefore our aim is to raise £2600 to cover rent and insurance for the coming year.
So, how can you help?
- Please donate or purchase a reward
- Please share our page with your friends on Social Media to help spread the word
About Woodhouse Prize Band
Founded in 1853, we are one of the oldest surviving brass bands in the country in continuous existence and we’re incredibly proud of our heritage. We don’t spend all our time looking backwards though. For a local village band, we think we’re quite progressive with our music and our outlook.
During the pandemic we have kept ourselves busy and our audiences entertained with our virtual socially distanced videos, we even won first place and most entertaining band in the Cory Online Brass Band Championships - the first of its kind. What an achievement in these challenging times!
Why not check out Avenues and Alleyways from our winning performance.
About Save Our Brass Bands
Brass bands exist in every corner of the UK, with over 30,000 people of all ages and standards taking part in weekly activity – rehearsing, performing and providing entertainment for their local community.
But we risk losing this forever.
Brass Bands saw their main source of income disappear in an instant when they ceased being able to perform in March in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Months later, we still don’t know when normal performances will be able to take place. A significant loss in income over the Summer months, paired with necessary expenditure needed to make rehearsal spaces Covid compliant means that many Brass Bands are in a perilous financial situation.
Without urgent support, we could lose our nation’s amazing Brass Bands. Please help us to make sure they survive this crisis and will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.
Please donate, share this page widely and do what you can to help us to make sure our Brass Bands survive this crisis.