Important RATT update 06 September 2021
Rugby Area Talent Trust (RATT) to merge with Rotary Music Bursaries Trust
Rugby Area Talent Trust – the local charity supporting young people with talent – is to merge its funds with the three Rugby Rotary Clubs’ Music Bursaries Trust.
Rugby Area Talent Trust is known to many in the town as RATT and over the last decade has provided grant funding to young people with musical, sporting, academic, artistic and entrepreneurial talent. In addition RATT has organised many events, was selected as a Mayoral charity, and has worked with others to deliver entertainment at the town’s Spring Fair, music festivals, and firework displays.
Unfortunately, during the last 18 months and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity’s events, grant funding and fundraising have all been severely curtailed, and trustees were faced with the difficult decision as to whether to relaunch the charity in 2022.
David Head, founder and trustee at RATT, said “It’s been a great ten years working on events and grant funding, and it was a tough decision to not relaunch RATT post-pandemic. However the Music Bursaries Trust has very similar objectives, and all of us at RATT feel that we can continue to support local talent through Rotary. What’s more, myself and the other trustees of RATT will continue to be involved in the organising of Rugby’s Got Talent 2022, and the recently relaunch Rugby Music Festival, both of which were key projects for RATT and which we are delighted will continue indefinitely.”
The Music Bursaries Trust provides bursaries to enable local schools and some individual students to employ music teachers. Mike Folly, President of Rugby Dunsmore Rotary Club and chairman of the Music Bursaries Trust, said “RATT has achieved an enormous amount over the last 10 years. It has been a privilege to work in partnership with them on many occasions encouraging people with talent to flourish and achieve their potential. We are delighted that their Trustees and Rotary will continue to concentrate on this service to the community in the future together; the only change will be administrative.”
RATT will transfer all of its assets, currently around £10,000, to the scheme in October.
The original Rugby Music Festival ran from 2011-2014 from which RATT emerged in 2015. Rugby Music Festival was relaunched this year by Rotary and RATT.
Rugby’s Got Talent was relaunched after a 5 year hiatus by RATT in 2018 and plans are already in place for its return, post-pandemic, in the summer of 2022.
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