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Friday 8 May, 2020

Foden’s Band has been handed a major funding boost after being awarded £33,450 through Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded COVID-19 programme.

Arts Council England made £160 million of emergency funding available for organisations and individuals which have suffered as a result of COVID-19. Only those which had been previous recipients of ACE funding were eligible to apply. The support was set up to “afford practitioners andorganisations time to stabilise, to think and to plan for the future”.

Speaking on behalf of Foden's Band, Mark Wilkinson commented: “We are extremely grateful to ACE for accepting our application. Like all organisations Foden's has been seriously affected by COVID-19 and the funding allows us to look at ways to increase our online presence and interact with audiences in a new and innovative way.

We are also able to purchase equipment and work with professionals to allow us to become a leader in this area.”

Mark continued: “I would like to thank Carole Hirst for coordinating and submitting the bid on our behalf.

"Carole is a previous solo baritone player with the band and since becoming our strategic arts funding advisor in 2016, she has been instrumental in securing funding from Arts Council England’s National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme 2016-2019, Heritage Lottery Funding through the Our Heritage programme in December 2016 and Catalyst funding in 2019.”