The evidence bank

Whether you're applying for funding or just want to tell your councillor or MP about your leisure-time music activity, we've brought together a range of reports, research and further reading that provide evidence of the wide-ranging benefits (to individuals and communities) of music and leisure-time musical activity.

You can use all this evidence, which is freely available online, to support funding applications, campaigns and general advocacy.

In addition, this page, www.culturecase.org provides a fantastic free resource summarising research reports into a wide range of arts related matters For research specifically related to arts and health, check out this website: www.artshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/resources/research Arts Council England have produced a useful advocacy toolkit. And you can write to your councillor or MP/MSP/AM using www.writetothem.com

Contents

  1. Stats
  2. On music and the arts generally
  3. The impact of music and the arts
  4. Focus on local and community
  5. Music education
  6. Music and wellbeing

1. Stats

  • Our Creative Talent. The only report on voluntary arts in England, so despite being published in 2008, 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.
  • Taking Part – Arts focus (annual). The Taking Part Survey has run since 2005 and is the key evidence source for DCMS. It is a continuous face to face household survey of adults aged 16 and over in England and children aged 5 to 15 years old, providing reliable national estimates of engagement with the arts, heritage, museums and libraries.
  • Treasurers’ Survey (2013) from Making Music
  • Singing Europe (2016) report commissioned by the European Choral Association – Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and funded by the EU, which has useful stats
  • Big Choral Census (2017) report by Voices Now to establish some statistics on choirs and leisure-time singers in the UK
  • UK Live Music Census (2017) took a snapshot of the live music scene in several cities in the UK on a specific day; valuable stats and insights

2. On music and the arts generally

3. The impact of music and the arts

4. Focus on local and community

5. Music education

6. Music and wellbeing

Some toolkits

Some other resarch, some of it quite specific


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.