The evidence bank

Whether you're applying for funding or taking part in music advocacy, we've brought together a range of resports, resources and further reading that provide evidence of the wide-ranging benefits (to individuals and communities) of amateur music.

In this guidance you will find:

  • reports and resources to help you advocate or lobby for amateur music, e.g. with your local authority
  • useful figures and quotes to support funding applications or include in your press releases or on your website
  • see where government and local authority thinking lies in respect of music and the arts
  • point you to relevant research on the benefits of music for individuals and communities.

If there are further resources we should link to here, please get in touch.

Contents:

  1. Statistics, figures and reports on the value of music and the arts
  2. Statistics, figures and reports on the value of community groups and volunteering
  3. Evidence of benefits of music/arts
  4. Local authorities and the arts
  5. Toolkits and advocacy templates
  6. Evidence/reports/articles on benefits of music on health and wellbeing
  7. Music education

In addition to the specific items above, www.culturecase.org provides a fantastic free resource summarising research reports into a wide range of arts related matters.

Statistics, figures and reports on the value of music and the arts

  • Contribution of the arts and culture industry to the national economy: economic statistics on the arts and the national economy
  • Arts IndexThe National Campaign for the Arts' unique annual publication with statistics on the performing arts
  • Our Creative Talentthe only report on voluntary arts in England, so even if published 2007, still worth referring to for statistics on participatory arts and crafts activity. Also, as it was prepared for Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), figures carry government weight.
  • Making Music’s latest Treasurers’ Survey (2013) results
  • Measuring Music is UK Music’s annual report into the economic value of the music industry – though that refers to the professional sector, still useful for statistics

  • Warwick Commission report of 2015: the important and very influential report into the Cultural and Creative Industries, with lots of useful quotes:
  • The ecology of Culture: on looking at culture as an ecology, with interlinked and mutually influential spheres of publicly funded culture, homemade culture (that’s you amateur music groups) and commercial culture

Statistics, figures and reports on the value of community groups and volunteering

Evidence of the benefits of music/arts

Local authorities and the arts

Toolkits and advocacy templates

Evidence/reports/articles on the benefits of music on health and wellbeing

Music education


We hope you find this Making Music resource useful. If you have any comments or suggestions about the guidance please contact us. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the content of this guidance is accurate and up to date, Making Music do not warrant, nor accept any liability or responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the content, or for any loss which may arise from reliance on the information contained in it.