Viewpoint: Celebrating Youth
Thomas Dunne calls for those in the ‘corridors of power’ to take their cue from the aspirational work undertaken in youth music and education by the brass band sector.
‘In terms of funding, the youth music scene has not enjoyed the best press in recent years. There are increasingly depressing stories of cuts to music provision in music services, schools and other initiatives perpetually emerging from various areas of the UK and beyond. A solution to this problem of grassroots funding seemingly cannot be found at present and this major concern naturally consumes a large portion of youth debate.
The good news is that the brass band genre seems to be doing its bit by offering youth bands some great performance opportunities at a national and international level, via both long and newly-established major national youth competitions, festival stages, and on national and European youth band campuses…’
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