Press release for immediate publication 05/12/2007 Arts Council helps Brett make a big bang A Truro drummer is ready to hit the big time thanks to a new scheme from Arts Council England, South West. Brett Steptoe, 32, is the drummer with Truro rock band Even Nine. The popular four-piece group, who have supported big names such as the Fun Loving Criminals, Reef and Thunder, are about to record their first studio album and are widely tipped for success. But Brett almost didn’t make it to the studio after he broke one of his cymbals during a particularly energetic set. To achieve the sound his fans love so much for the long awaited album, he also needed new drum heads and sticks. As a struggling musician, Brett, who valets cars by day, couldn’t afford the £250 he needed for a new cymbal and the other equipment. Fortunately help was at hand in the form of the Arts Council’s Take it away scheme; an interest-free loan that can be paid back in monthly instalments. The scheme is aimed at anyone who wants to buy a musical instrument but can’t afford the full amount in one go. Many instruments, particularly wind and string instruments can cost hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds. Brett said: ‘There was no way I could afford what I needed on the spot so Take it away was a big help for me and for the band. We’re financing the album ourselves so we really didn’t have the money to spend on new equipment.’ Arts Council England, South West Executive Director Nick Capaldi said: ‘Brett and Even Nine are a brilliant example of how Take it away can help musicians of all ages and backgrounds. ‘There are a lot of talented people out there who are being put off learning how to play a new instrument because of the costs involved. We’re hoping Take it away will lessen the burden and provide more opportunities for them.’ Now Brett and the rest of the band are looking forward to recording their new and to their UK tour in 2008. For more information about Even Nine, including tour dates, go to www.evennine.com or www.myspace.com/even9music ENDS Take it away is available through music shops. Go to www.takeitaway.org.uk to find your nearest participating shop Pictures are attached, high res images available on request, call Sarah Thompson at Watershed PR on 01308 485 693 Brett and Even Nine are recording their new album until Dec 22 nd at The Cube, Penvale Cottage, Silverwell, Perranporth, Cornwall. To speak to Brett or arrange pictures call 07812 146 515 Picture captions Band on the up: Brett Steptoe (far left) and his band Even Nine are on their way to stardom thanks to Arts Council England South West’s Take it Away scheme. Pictured from left: Brett Steptoe, Jody Martin, Rick Martin and Greg Godding. Picture: Kevin Clifford. Cymbal of my success: Brett Steptoe, drummer with Even Nine, tries out his new cymbals, courtesy of the Arts Council’s Take it Away scheme. Picture: Kevin Clifford.