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

Music Broth is an innovative charity that provides access to a range of musical instruments.

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It works just like a book library but with people hiring instruments ranging from tin whistles to
pianos.

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

The housing association has been designated a ‘community anchor organisation’ in Renfrewshire by the government.

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This means Linstone will distribute money to groups working to combat the effects of coronavirus.

The money has come from the government’s Supporting Communities Fund – designed to help communities across the nation 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.

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The project 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 well-being and self-expression during this isolating time.”

The charity has amassed a library of more than 1,400 instruments which can be borrowed, thanks to donations of instruments from many communities, and restored and repaired by volunteers.

Music has been recognised as an antidote to anxiety caused by the lockdown and is ideal for lifting people’s spirits and creating a sense of well-being.

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 Association, said: “Paisley and the wider Renfrewshire community has a vibrant creative sector – essential to those who have a love of
music.

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

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

For more information email Music Broth at info@musicbroth.org