LAST year The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music faced closure due to council funding cuts, yet the Skye-based music school now continues to push forward and prepares to launch charitable trust ‘Friends of Plockton Music School’ on Saturday, June 23rd.
Centre Director, Dougie Pincock, explained: “In the first instance, the Trust is intended to finance the ‘fringe’ activities that we already do, such as CD production, touring and outreach and equipment purchase.
“These are the kind of things we took out of the budget when the Council asked us to make some savings, and although we could get along without them, they’re all really valuable things to have. We need about £30,000 a year to keep them happening, so that’s the initial target income.”
The Trust will be funded mainly by annual membership subscription, although it will also be possible for people to make one-off donations.
The Chair of the Board of Trustees is broadcaster, money expert and piper Fergus Muirhead, who commented: “THE NCETM provides a great opportunity for some very talented musicians to develop their skills and it acts as a springboard allowing many of them to go on to pursue a successful career making music.
“It’s vital that the Centre continues to offer these opportunities and the money that the Trust intends to raise is important to help fund non-core activities that help make the Centre an attractive and vibrant part of the music of Scotland. I’m delighted to be involved with this project.”
The ‘Friends of Plockton Music School’ Trust will be launched at the Centre’s End of Year concert – which features 24 students in seven bands and playing all together in a powerful finale – on June 23rd in Plockton High School.