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Arts Council's £580k grant music to the ears of Northern Ireland bands

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Pauline Klein, manager, Ulster Youth Orchestra, Oonagh
Snoddy, Department for Communities, Ciaran Scullion, head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Katrina Cuddy, Flautist, UYO

Pauline Klein, manager, Ulster Youth Orchestra, Oonagh Snoddy, Department for Communities, Ciaran Scullion, head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Katrina Cuddy, Flautist, UYO

Pauline Klein, manager, Ulster Youth Orchestra, Oonagh Snoddy, Department for Communities, Ciaran Scullion, head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Katrina Cuddy, Flautist, UYO

More than a hundred musical groups, bands and musicians are to receive funding of almost £580,000 to help upgrade worn out instruments and purchase new ones thanks to support from Arts Council NI.

The Musical Instruments Scheme was extended for the first time this year to offer grants to a range of professional and non-professional musicians and groups.

Thirty bands are set to benefit from the project including Down Academy Pipes and Drums and Ravara Pipe Band, while in the performing group category Armagh Pipers Club, Ulster Youth Orchestra and Sacred Heart College Omagh are among 41 groups to receive grants.

Ciaran Scullion, head of music at the Arts Council, said: "The awards announced today will help benefit hundreds of musicians, from young musicians just starting out, right through to highly trained performers working at a professional level."

Belfast Telegraph