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Help Us Learn and Play Music!

by Lori S in Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom


raised of £1,500 target


25% 3 days left
This project will only be funded if at least £1,500 is pledged by 15th July 2020 at 11:55pm

We would like to provide tuition and instruments to allow young people to study music in light of recent government cuts to music funding

by Lori S in Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom


The Bathgate Band is an independent charity and one of Scotland’s oldest brass bands.  The band regularly participates in competitions and concerts throughout the UK as well as performing at many community events throughout the year.  


We are managed and run by volunteers who form our committee and we have no paid staff.  Our aim is to help people young and old be involved in music and provide the equipment and space for them to do so.  Recently the news has highlighted stories about cuts to free music tuition and the reduction in creative classes in schools.  We want to give young people the chance to take up an instrument even if the schools they attend can’t.  We find that through engagement with young people and our tuition they become confident, skilled and feel that they belong.  


We have three different bands to cover all skillsets: Bathgate Youth Band for younger players learning, Bathgate Foundry Band for players getting back into banding and The Bathgate Band who are a 1st Section competing band.  We currently rent rehearsal space in Livingston as there is no suitable alternative plan.  Our main aim for the future is to raise the funds to build our own band hall so we can continue to encourage players of all ages to pick up or continue playing an instrument. 


Members of the band come from all walks of life and have a variety of skills and experience. We engage our players through regular rehearsals and events so that they can exhibit the skills they learn.  We find this approach enables our members to gain skills for life, independence and soft skills such as communication, team work and numeracy.  We are one of few organisations in the area giving people the chance to take up an instrument and attend regular rehearsals to learn their instrument of choice and be a part of a band.  We want to promote learning and an enjoyment of music to all.    


If we are lucky enough to reach our target, we will use this money to hire a tutor for our beginners band and put the rest of the money towards instruments.  These instruments can then be loaned to players so that they can practise and improve at home.  


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

Thank You Postcard

If you donate £25, we'll send a personalised thank you postcard with an update on what the band are doing.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Thank you tweet or Facebook message if you tell us who you are.

£40 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£40 Reward

If you pledge £40, you'll receive a band polo shirt in the size of your choice.

£150 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Conduct the Youth Band at a Concert

If you pledge £150, you can conduct a piece of music with the Youth Band at our Christmas Concert.

£1,000 or more

£1000 Reward

If you pledge £1000, our 10 piece band will perform a 45 minute concert by within at a location within a 50 mile radius from our band hall in Livingston, Scotland

Let's make 'Help Us Learn and Play Music!' happen

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