The three Waitrose branches in Jersey are inviting local music groups and choirs to come forward to apply for £1,500 worth of funding.
The grant is part of the John Lewis Partnership ‘Music Matters’ scheme, which invites branches to nominate a local musical activity for a significant one off contribution.
In order to choose the lucky project they will support, Waitrose are calling for submissions to be made to them direct by any local musical group in need of financial support for a specific project or initiative. Applications will need to have been made by 21 March, 2014.
Last year Waitrose Red Houses was one of the fifty Waitrose branches that were successful with their bids and it was the first such grant to be awarded in the Channel Islands to Jersey’s ‘Church Music’ choir The Cantabile Ensemble.
The grant helped to underwrite a concert to be held in All Saints Church last June. The concert was conducted by Philip Stopford, one of the UK’s leading composers and conductors of sacred music.
Duncan Langston, branch manager for Waitrose St Saviour, said: “Music is an important feature of life in every community and we have a long standing tradition of supporting projects of this sort. After the success of The Cantabile Ensemble it is fantastic to be able to support projects across the island through the Music Matters scheme, encouraging this art form within the island.”
Two completed application forms from each branch will be forwarded to the UK where they will decide which applicants will receive funding.
Forms are available by emailing Carrie Slowie on firstname.lastname@example.org or in branch at the customer services desk. Specific events or projects and all music types will be considered although the event should not be commercially self-supporting or routine events, e.g. school concerts, but application from all sections of the community are welcome.