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The day the music thrived

Innovative instrument library keeps the music playing thanks to emergency funding.

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Vital funding has kept the music playing for Renfrewshire borrowers at Scotland’s musical instrument library.

Music Broth is a charity that provides access to a range of musical instruments. It works, just like any library, but with people instead hiring instruments, ranging from tin whistles to pianos.

It is a concept that has caught the public’s imagination, with Music Broth growing in popularity.    

Now, thanks to funding distributed by Linstone Housing on behalf of the Scottish Government, Music Broth has been awarded £6,304 as it endeavours to engage with people in Renfrewshire.  

They money has come from the Government’s Supporting Communities Fund which aims to help communities across Scotland cope with the pandemic.

Music Broth will use the funding to widen its reach to people in Renfrewshire who may be keen to access the library. It offers contact-free musical instrument delivery to their door and access to things like tuition books and recording equipment.

Music Broth has amassed a library of over 1,400 instruments that can be borrowed. This has been made possible by generous donations of instruments from many communities, and they are lovingly restored and repaired by Music Broth volunteers.

Music has been widely recognised as a powerful antidote to anxiety caused by lockdown – and ideal for lifting people’s sprits and creating a sense of wellbeing.  

With a firm emphasis on a collaborative approach, Music Broth is working with a number of other Renfrewshire creative organisations such as PACE Youth Theatre, arts organisation Create Paisley and Loud ‘N Proud – the music organisation for young people. 
Adele Fraser, Chief Executive of Linstone Housing, said: “Paisley, and the wider Renfrewshire community, has a vibrant creative sector – essential to those who have a love of music.

"Music Broth is an inspiring and innovative social enterprise, truly deserving of financial support so that its good work can reach more people.” 

Music Broth was founded by Jen O’Brien and Felix Slavin.

Jen said: “This funding will make a huge difference to our communities, enabling library instrument deliveries throughout Renfrewshire, together with online music learning and creativity opportunities. This represents vitally important support for wellbeing and self-expression during this isolating time."

Hiring an instrument is done entirely online at www.musicbroth.org 

For more information, contact Music Broth at info@musicbroth.org

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