Field Band Foundation Wins Business Arts Award
The winners of South Africa’s most prestigious business-arts awards were announced at an event held in Newtown. A highlight on the night came with the announcement of the Chairman’s Premier Award which went to the Field Band Foundation and its sponsors.
The Field Band Foundation is supported by a raft of business partners. This business-arts partnership has seen it grow from a fledgling organisation to a strong imaginative and exciting initiative with a track record for youth development through music and dance, outside of the formal education sector.
The Award winner is chosen by the judging panel, and according to judging convener, Gordon Cooke, the Field Band Foundation was "deserving of the award because it highlights the collaboration of sponsors, which is a model we can all learn from. It’s also a wonderful example of contributing to society bottom up, a vital model for developing societies as we go forward."
CEO Mischelle Constant of Business And Arts South Africa said "Watching 1800 youngsters from field bands across the county taking part in the annual national championshps has remained a highlight of my first year with BASA. Whether they go on to become journalists, managers, electricians or IT consultants, there is no doubt that their passion for the arts, and their understanding of why music and dance are important in the world will remain with them, as it should with us all."