campaigns and advocacy

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.

How to make the case for amateur music

There are a number of reasons why you may want or need to make the case for your musical activity: because it is threatened (for example, by proposed changes to your music library); because you want to lobby your local authority to create, re-instate or keep a facility or service (e.g. a community venue); or because you need to prove to a potential sponsor or funder why music is worth supporting.

We have therefore put together some useful materials to help you make the case for amateur music.

These are:

Past campaign: Wakefield Music Collection saved!

In 2011, Making Music successfully campaigned to save the Wakefield music collection, one of the most important national collections in the UK, used by thousands of amateur music groups.

Following cuts to spending in 2011, the Wakefield music and drama library, one of the biggest and most important collections of music in the country with over 500,000 scores, was threatened with closure and the break-up of a vital centralised resource for amateur musicians. 

Save our music libraries

Music libraries, a crucial resource for amateur music groups, are under threat. Find out what you can do.

In recent years local authorities have been increasingly strapped for cash. Music libraries, a part of their library service, are often the first to be considered for the chop. However, music library services are used by amateur music groups all over the UK to source around 45% of all the music they need.

Treasurers' survey - 2013

Read the results of our 2013 Treasurers' Survey - a snapshot of the state of amateur music in the UK, with useful statistics and figures for music advocacy and campaigns.