Published on October 23rd, 2018 by gavin

Grimethorpe Withdraw from Brass In Concert over Commercial Rights

Grimethorpe Colliery band have issued the following statement regarding their withdrawal from Brass In Concert over commercial rights concerns:-

“It is with regret that we have declined to submit our programme entry to this year’s event. Having taken part in the very first event in 1977 and having been uniquely successful in winning 16 titles since then, we have not taken this decision lightly.

Like many we are appreciative of what Brass in Concert has done since its inception to encourage innovation in brass band entertainment. As a band which has always had a culture of creativity and entertainment at its heart, we wish the Brass in Concert Championship every success for the future.”

However, we now believe that the requirements for entry to the Championship, specifically in regard to the assignment of commercial rights from our performance, do not currently serve the artistic and commercial interests of our band.

We are of the view that the recording and broadcasting of brass band performances via digital media, whilst desirable as a means of extending the appeal of brass bands, requires more thought and consideration by the community.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band has some exciting plans for the future which, having consulted with our stakeholders and members will benefit from being the subject of our focus for the foreseeable future.”

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