Grant boost for musical groups

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New Mills Band and Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice choir are among the groups celebrating after Derbyshire County Council (DCC) awarded grants totalling £21,900.

The grants are designed to help arts organisations thrive and develop new audiences, particularly in rural areas.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of New Mills Band and they have been awarded £900 to help fund a free concert in High Lea Park on June 30.

Chapel-en-le-Frith Male Voice Choir had been given £1,000 towards staging three concerts in deprived areas and to help new members on benefits pay for music and uniforms.

The Bakewell International Day of Dance was awarded £2,000.

DCC leader and cabinet member for culture, Councillor Andrew Lewer, said: “This year’s applications have come from a diverse range of groups, all of whom play a vital role in promoting the arts.

“Derbyshire has a thriving arts scene and I am happy to be able to support the good work they do and we hope lots of people across Derbyshire benefit.”

Groups can apply for a small arts grant if they satisfy certain criteria. To find out more go to or call the authority’s arts team on 01773 831385.