The 91 active band clubs surveyed in 2015 (with reference year 2014) that are established in Malta and Gozo registered a total of 37,175 participants, an increase of 23.4% over 2010, when the number of band clubs amounted to 90.
There were a total of 2,232 resident band players - a 13% decrease from 2010. On the other hand, trainee band players went up by 30%, amounting to 2,023 participants. While this trend was common among districts, it is only the western district that had an inverse movement in the figures for these two band player categories. Other noticeable changes over the four-year period relate to the gender make-up of participation and allocation of financial resources.
Female vs Male Participation
While male participation in band clubs remained a majority between 2010 and 2014, female participation seems to be increasing at a faster rate than its male counterpart. For instance, while female participation increased by 39%, male participation went up by 26% with regards to trainee band players. Similarly the percentage share of males from total trainee band players went down by two percentage points while females went up by two percentage points during the same period. Also while overall resident band players decreased by 13% over the four years, male participation declined (-15%) by more than double that of female participation (-7%). This pattern is observable also across ‘other members’ with ‘committee members’ being the exception with a decrease of 23% of males and females going down by 37%. However overall it could still be said that female participation in band clubs is growing almost three times as fast as male participation.
Income and Expenditure
With regards to finances, band clubs’ total recurrent expenditure still exceeds recurrent income as in 2010. However the total loss for 2014 is €103,353 less than that in 2010. This could be mostly due to the decrease in expenditure on remuneration which may be linked to a drop in resident band players. On the other hand, expenditure on advertising increased by €302,039, indicating a possible push towards promotional activity. This could be partly reflected in the income from fundraising activities going up by €202,151 which is the second highest increase in expenditure categories after ‘other income’.
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