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Depriving children of access to music education is affecting us all - take action now

Your signature could protect music and create a healthy society, thriving communities and happy individuals for the future.

Making Music, Making Communities - Report

View the full results and analysis of Professor Stephanie Pitts' survey of Making Music member groups and their connections with local communities.

This report is the result of a substantial pilot study Professor Stephanie Pitts has undertaken which begins to give us a clearly evidenced picture of what we think is the very significant social and economic impact of music groups on their communities. We very much hope this will lead to a more extensive piece of research as we continue to pursue these important questions together.

New Nottingham Performing Arts Library service launches

January 15 sees the official launch of the new Nottingham Performing Arts Library service which will encompass users from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland as well as from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

How to make the case for leisure-time 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:

50p For Culture

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.

Use it or lose it!

Ultimately, facilities offered by the library were maintained following consultations with moderately increased costs. However, this may not be the last word on cost-cutting relating to this resource. Whilst its importance to users has been demonstrated over the last year and diminishes the likelihood of it disappearing, only frequent high usage by a large number of music groups will ensure its survival in the long-term.

Campaigns & Advocacy

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.

Let's celebrate music libraries!

Shout it from the rooftops - there are some fantastic and affordable resources out there for amateur music makers, and they’re called: music libraries!