Christmas concert tour faces axe unless funding is found

A POPULAR concert tour may be axed this Christmas if crucial funding is not found.

Musicians Martin Turner, Lynne McAdam and Mark Oldfield performing a few years' ago for pupils at Le Rondin School as part of the Healing Music Trust. This year's concerts are under threat unless funding can be found.
Musicians Martin Turner, Lynne McAdam and Mark Oldfield performing a few years' ago for pupils at Le Rondin School as part of the Healing Music Trust. This year's concerts are under threat unless funding can be found.

A POPULAR concert tour may be axed this Christmas if crucial funding is not found.

The Healing Music Trust had planned to perform its festive concerts to more than 800 people at more than 30 venues, including residential homes, day centres, schools and hospitals.

But organisers fear they might have to pull the plug on the shows unless businesses step forward to help.

Chairman Julian Lane said nearly all the trust’s funding over the 12 years had come from businesses through an initiative set up by Rodney Brouard.

  • Any business able to support the trust should call Mr Lane on 245391 or 07781 100091. Alternatively call Mr Brouard on 252521 or email rodney@stanbrouard.com

Comments for: "Christmas concert tour faces axe unless funding is found"

John

Why should local businesses pay?

let those who are in the audience of parents pay.

I do not understand why people always expect somebody else to pay for their enjoyment.

PLP

John - wind your neck in mate, nobody "expects" businesses to pay.

They are simply a charity asking for help - businesses and individuals are free to decide whether to help or not.

John

The article clearly suggests that unless local businesses pay this will not go ahead. Same thing happended with the ice rink.

Why do people always expect business to stump up for their enjoyment?

Maybe they should have started raising funds earlier and used other initiaives rather than expecting local business to come to their rescue.

PLP

The cold hard truth is that only charities that can raise support will survive. The problem they have is an ever-increasing number of causes/charities squabbling over an ever-decreasing pot of available funding. If small charities like the HMT don't shout they won't get heard.

You may not think this particular cause is worthwhile but that's your choice - others might. The crux of the matter though is that businesses are not under any compulsion to support this or any other charity. Many businesses do as they see CSR as a marketing opportunity.

John

Excuse my ignorance but what is CSR?

I support a lot of charities both personally and through my business. I have run the New york marathon 13 times for local and UK charities. I am not saying thatThe Healing Music Trust is not a worthwhile charity to support in fact having read the article I have given a personal donation.

However I do find that charities are quick to say that they will not be able to continue unless business supports them and yet they do little to actually raise money except moan to the GP about the need for business support.

PLP

Corporate Social Responsibility - apologies, it's one of those business "buzz words" that get banded around!

Try Planning

Organisers should not arrange such things without financing being in place and then expect to be bailed out.

Maybe I'll go and find a larger house if someone else would be willing to pay the difference in the mortgage for me each month.