Describe your project
Our aim is to promote the Orcadian music traditions to all by improving accessibility, reducing economic barriers to access and enriching the lives of individuals.The aim is to create a musical instrument bank with a good range of instruments that may be borrowed free by Orcadian residents for a time limited period, enabling people to see if they are suited to an instrument prior to purchase.There are no similar schemes available within the Orkney Isles.This instrument bank will allow the charity to promote this initiative, by holding "taster sessions" run by volunteers within the parishes and more remote Isles. Frequent requests are received from visiting tourists to be able to rent an instrument for an evening so they can join in the "open" local musical sessions that take place, we would make a small charge for this activity, generated revenue would help maintain the instruments within the bank.
How will your project benefit your local community?
Music culture is very evident within Orkney, however, with the changing mobility of individuals about 50% of the population are not native Orcadians. This initiative will give people an opportunity to try different instruments and find one that suits them best without the initial financial outlay.It will help maintain music as one of the important cornerstones of Island life, Orcadian tradition and culture.Once an individual has acquired some basic skills and knowledge they will be encouraged to participate in local music sessions if they so wish.It will improve connectivity and integration within a rural community, have a positive impact on an individual's confidence, allow new friendships, lifelong learning, as well as age and social integration.It will help to bring together all sections of the community with a common focus of making and learning music together.The evidence base of health gains through music and learning to play an instrument are well documented, as is the importance of reducing social isolation, improving mindfulness and age integration. Many people gain a great deal of enjoyment, achievement and personal growth through learning to play a musical instrument
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
Information gathered via Focus groups,questionnaires and individual discussions with people, at local music sessions and venues asking what they felt would be useful, this is an ongoing process.We wanted to know what the community felt would be a benefit, these suggestions have helped form the basis of our short, medium and long-term objectives.Funding has been acquired for free taught "slow music sessions " across all ages, for people who are starting out on their musical progression, to gain confidence and learn to play in normal sessions.A few instruments have been donated to start our instrument bank.
How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
It is envisaged that 40 people a year will benefit from the loan of instruments a further 150-200 from "taster sessions" and 40 occasional hire from tourists wanting to borrow an instrument for an ad hoc music session.
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
There is a need to expand the instrument bank, and provide several keyboards, violins, acoustic and electric guitars mandolins, accordion, bodhran, banjos, harmonicas, melodeon with robust protective storage cases and ancillary equipment such as straps, tuners, finger picks etc. Some instruments require different sizes to enable children and small adults to play them. We estimate we will require about £6,000 to enable the instrument bank to fully function and be able to visit the remote Islands of Orkney and hold musical instrument "taster sessions". The cost of travel, accommodation, equipment maintenance and venue hire will be an ongoing commitment by the charity.We have an active volunteer base who are committed to fund raise to meet the shortfall of £1000 that is required through concerts, raffles,and other community initiatives.
When and why was your project founded?
The project has only recently started with the donation of several instruments, but realise the need to expand upon this as our survey also confirms this unmet need.