A copy of this recent Dunfermline Press statement (02/09/04) was mailed to me yesterday...... "The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust has signalled its intention to make a phased withdrawal by 2008 from the annual Carnegie Invitation Brass Band Competition. The event, which is staged in Dunfermline's Carnegie Hall, was launched in the 1960s and is now part of banding's annual programme. To date, the trust has sponsored and run the entire event, investing £5400 annually in direct costs and staffing resource. But, as part of its move away from recurrent support of established events, the trust is in talks with the competition committee over the possible transfer of administration of the event and diminishing grant support over the next four years". My enquiry is simple and direct. Can the Area or Scottish Band association afford to sustain and develop this competition on its own? Or will it just stop as soon as the Carnegie Trust ties are severed? p.s., is this type of situation becoming more common in your banding area?