campaigns and advocacy

Where is the music?

Professional music organisations seem more likely to network amongst themselves and to talk to a similar musical ensemble, music

Election time! What could the party manifestos mean for leisure-time music groups?

You’ve probably had your fill of campaigning already, but let me enthuse – or alarm – you by briefly looking at the parties’ mani

Survey: The value of musical groups to their communities

When we (and other music advocacy organisations) are making the case for amateur music groups to those in power, being able to de

Music libraries campaigns update and Yorkshire Music Library news

Local authorities are implementing cuts of unprecendented scale for the financial years 2016/7 and music libraries continue to be targets. Find out how we're fighting back.

Support the Parliamentary petition on the EBacc

An official Parliamentary petition asking the Department for Education (DfE) to include expressive arts in the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) has been signed by over 70,000 people.

Help save creativity in schools - join the campaign today!

A government consultation open at the moment looks at making the Ebacc – which does not include arts subjects – compulsory for schools. Here’s what you can do to help protect arts subjects.

Why amateur music making matters

Why amateur and community music making matters (and why it could be useful for you to know how to say that)

The evidence bank

A range of reports, resources and further reading that provide evidence of the wide-ranging benefits (to individuals and communities) of amateur music. Useful for funding applications, campaigns and general advocacy.

Our Cultural Commons

In October 2014, the two UK-wide organisations that specifically support and represent local creative cultural activity, Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, launched a major new initiative in response to the changing landscape of cultural provision in local areas.

Our Cultural Commons sets out to explore new ways to sustain and develop the creative lives of our communities in all their diversity. Ways based on the assets we already know we have and can deploy rather than beginning with a deficit in what we have lost or never had.