The Bacc for the Future campaign is back again following the Department for Education’s announcement of plans to introduce a compulsory list of subjects at GCSE level.
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.
Making Music joined the ISM and other supporters in successfully defending music education from a government consultation proposing that Local Authorities cease funding for Music Education Hubs.
Executive Director Barbara Eifler outlines some of the key threats to music libraries, common themes emerging and our approach to campaigning.
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.
The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) is leading this campaign to increase local authority investment in arts and culture.
The campaign brings together new research, analysis and a website where residents in England can find out how much local authorities planned to invest in culture in their area in 2013/14.
We don’t just love music: we think it is vitally important too. As the representative for amateur and community music at a local, national and UK-wide level, we work hard to respond to any threats to music making and to support and encourage measures to help more people experience the joys of singing, playing and experiencing music.