Music Broth is a Glasgow-based subscription service which offers musicians access to over 300 musical instruments and equipment.
Founder Felix Slavin came up with the idea for Music Broth after inheriting a number of instruments and various pieces of audio equipment from his uncle.
After years of making little use of the instruments, but reluctant to give them away due to their sentimental value, Felix decided to find a way to open up access to the instruments to the community.
After meeting co-founder Jen O’Brien at local community event, the pair organised a nine-day event in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries, booking 30 live performances from local artists and inviting other local community groups to share their story on stage.
Over 100 instruments were donated to Music Broth, allowing for the creation of Scotland’s first musical instrument library, which would go on to become the backbone of the business.
The idea of the library has developed into a social enterprise model where the work that Music Broth does supports people that are the most in need and any profits go straight back into creating opportunities for those who are disadvantaged.
Now based in Govanhill, Music Broth offers a tiered membership scheme for access to the library, allowing individuals and bands the opportunity to access a huge array of instruments – over 300 at the time of writing.
Membership starts from as little as £6 a month for individuals, while bands can sign up for £12 a month irrespective of the size of the band.
Instruments can be loaned out for up to a month at a time, while full membership comes with benefits including gig support, such as the delivery and collection of instruments.
Music Broth also offers a repair and maintenance service to ensure equipment is of a consistently high standard.
In the coming years Music Broth plans to develop their own music-based programmes in association with partner organisations and get more people engaged in music-based activities within the community.
For more information, contact:
Victoria Court Workspaces
8 Hollybrook St