Objectives of the Trust

The Brass Band Association of New Zealand Charitable Trust was set up in February 2011 to support the activities of the Brass Band Association of New Zealand and to undertake, promote or assist in the music education of brass bands or their members at every level. It is a registered charity (CC48032) and donations to the Trust are tax deductible.

The Trust is a separate legal entity to the Brass Band Association of New Zealand (BBANZ) and is administered by Trustees appointed by BBANZ. The current Trustees are Murray Warrington, Evan Sayer and BBANZ National Executive member Brian Nicholas.

The Trust has received some very generous bequests and has the money invested. The returns from those investments are available to assist bands and their members. One bequest received is specifically targeted towards our National Youth Band which is, as we all know, important for the future of brass bands in New Zealand.

In all matters the Trustees are bound by the Trust Deed.

In recent times the return on investments, particularly those relating to interest have diminished significantly. Grants from the Trust will therefore generally be limited to $1,000 per application although the Trustees retain the ability to vary this should circumstances dictate a grant of more or less than the $1,000 is warranted.

The Trustees welcome applications that meet the terms of the Trust Deed but also meet the following criteria:

  • Educational Events e.g. District Camps, seminars etc;
  • Representative Bands including the National Secondary Schools Brass Band, the National Youth Band and the National Band;
  • Individuals for musical educational purposes or;
  • Bands that maybe in distress or in need of urgent help.

The Trustees don’t see the Trust being the primary or principal provider of funding and the Trustees also would not expect to be asked for funding for activities or expenses that could be expected to be the responsibility of individuals, bands or band associations.

Donations to the Brass Band Association of New Zealand Charitable Trust assist brass banding in New Zealand in many ways and may be made with or without caveat. Details on how to make donations are available from the Trustees.

General statement on allocation of Grants

  • Grants may be made to assist individuals through sponsoring organisations.
  • Grants are not normally given for the purpose of overseas travel or for the purchase of capital items.
  • Preference will be given to members identified by a band who has potential to achieve success but are restricted by financial circumstances.
  • It is not intended that the Trust fully fund projects, therefore applicants are expected to make an appropriate financial contribution.
  • Applicants may not submit more than one application in a twelve-month period.
  • It is essential that any grant made is used for the purposes for which they are given.  To ensure that these guidelines are adhered to, the Trustees require a written report declaring that the funds have been used for the purposes given within one month of the completion of the project.  Proof of event and costs / income may be required.

Application Guidelines

  • Applications will only be accepted on the Application Form.
  • The Application Form must be fully completed including the required attachments.
  • Application Forms not completed to this standard will not be considered.
  • Applications close on 15th monthly with decisions being advised by the end of that month.
  • Applications may be made at any time throughout the year.
  • The Trustees will acknowledge receipt of the Application Forms within five days.
  • The Trustees may approve an amount less than that applied for.
  • Payment of a grant is usually within two weeks of the Trustees indicating their approval of that grant, providing all conditions have been met.
  • Once a decision has been made to decline an application, no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • Retrospective requests for funds already spent or debts incurred will not be considered.
  • All completed Application Forms and accompanying documentation, are to be emailed to  murrayshonaw@outlook.com


Elaine Aldridge, Friend of the National Youth Band

Janet Aldridge, in the name of her late husband Barrie, member of the National Band in 1962, 1965 (pictured), 1974, 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1992 and winner of the National Open Trombone solo on six occasions. 

The Estate of Kenneth Martin, UK, brother-in-law of the late Mervyn Waters


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