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 leisure-time music making matters

Why leisure-time 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 lesiure-time music. Useful for funding applications, campaigns and general advocacy.

Our Cultural Commons

The two UK-wide organisations that specifically support and represent local creative cultural activity, Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK, championed Our Cultural Commons - a major initiative that ran from 2016 to 2018 in response to the changing landscape of cultural provision in local areas.