Darvel Music Company receives funding boost from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Ayrshire-based Darvel Music Company has received a donation of £500 from family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund. 

The organisation is a community of music-loving volunteers keen to continue a regular programme of musical events since the closure of the Darvel Music Festival. 

The much-needed donation will support the Company in 2017 to put on 2 or 3 concerts per year, as well as offering free concert tickets to some of the community’s marginalised residents. Since receiving the donations, the company has put two shows on sale at Darvel Town Hall on 22nd July and 2nd September – more details can be found on their website www.darvelmusiccompany.com. 

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes have a long history of supporting good causes. The Building Communities Fund was established to enhance the company’s ongoing efforts to help organisations and projects which enhance the lives of people within their local communities.  

The fund is open throughout the year to applications from charities, community groups, sports teams and schools within a five mile radius of any Mactaggart & Mickel Homes development under construction, including award-winning Greenan Views in Ayr. 

Applications for funding are assessed and awarded by a cross section of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ employees. 

Joanne Casey, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, said: “The work that Darvel Music Company have undertaken has struck a chord with us all, as music is such a vibrant and powerful way to bring communities together. When people take the time to put on events such as this, it can really make an important difference to those who feel isolated or alone. It is a privilege for us to be able to provide our support.”  

Sheila McKenna, Director of Darvel Music Company said: “We are delighted to have been awarded £500 of grant funding from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund.  This will really help us keep music live in Darvel and help regenerate the Irvine Valley by bringing visitors from all over the UK and abroad to our town.” 

For more information on the fund and to make an application please visit www.macmic.co.uk/BCF

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