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					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

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 or

      Take it away is available through music shops. Go to 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.

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