chapter  9
Wonderbrass as a South Wales Community Jazz Collective
ByRob Smith
Pages 20

The band has gone from its modest start as a ten-week project to an organization that thrives despite receiving very little financial support from arts funders, though we have received one-off grants from the National Lottery, 2012 London Cultural Olympiad and the PRS foundation. It funds itself by taking professional-standard engagements and artistic projects and pooling the profits. It employs two musical directors, of whom the author is one, who are paid to rehearse and lead the band in performance on an hourly rate.