...from your local authority? I'm asking this as my band has yet again been disappointed by our local council. We approached them (amongst others) for donations towards our trip to Harrogate in September and recieved (after a wait) an "application form" which is longer and much more complicated than the lottery form we succesfully filled in a few years ago. To add insult they also gave us just a week to fill this as the relevant committee sits bi-monthly. October's meeting would be after the finals, and they don't award grants retrospectively. All we were asking for was 50 quid towards the cost of the coach for the weekend. This is the latest in a long, long line of total apathy towards the band which has carried the name of Wigston for so long. Our centenery concert was supported by exactly no council members - despite us inviting the whole chamber. In fact only two members had the decency to respond to state their absence. The rows of "reserved for council members" seats at the concert were an embarrassment to both the band and the council. At that concert we were displaying a large and extensive collection of memorabilia from the last 100 years - photos of life in Wigston throughout the last century - not just to do with the band. We also asked them to help towards the cost of the room (about £150) and they flatly refused. Some thanks for carrying the name of Wigston for 100 years. We've had requests of help in finding a bandroom rejected when we were unexpectedly kicked out of our old room, refusals of grants for music to set up junior sections, in fact everything we have asked for in the last 15 years has been returned with a firm "no". We are not a freeloading band, we are proud to be self supporting, but anytime we have asked for help in any matter they have refused, to cap it all I know that other arts groups within the area get grants and assistance for any number of things. So to the point of this thread - how does your band fare? Is it just us or some larger trend that brass bands get less support than (say) a poetry society? I'm not just talking about financial support either - more a general relationship. Does your Mayor turn up for your concerts? Stuff like that. I'd be very interested to see your thoughts on this. How much support does your band recieve from your local authority?