Campaigns and advocacy

Member meetup (Gateshead)

Come along to this informal event and meet other music makers from your local area.

  • Find out what other groups in your area are working on or planning
  • Meet new people who you might work with in the future 
  • Bring along any burning questions about running a group that you can ask others
  • Share your expertise with others
  • Find out about local issues and how others are tackling them – from availability of venues and sheet music to dealing with rising costs and red tape

 

Who should attend this event?

Location

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate Gateshead
NE8 2AU Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

The shape and future of adult music learning

This is a day for exploring adult music learning and for discussion on how to improve access for all.

An event focussed specifically at the barriers and needs of adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities engaging with music as a leisure activity.

 
Aimed at music educators, suppliers of educational and other music resources, music education organisations, academics and researchers, and all those with an interest in adult learning and issues of access.

Location

London Bridge Hive
1 Melior Place
SE1 3SZ London
United Kingdom

Highnotes

In the summer issue of Highnotes we look at how brass bands are reinventing themselves for the 21st century, find out about the instrument scheme that’s helping leisure-time musicians and get geared up to join in with Make Music Day.

To download a PDF copy, click the Highnotes image below and select 'download PDF' in the bottom right-hand corner.

 

Making Music Council (Swansea)

The Making Music Council gives you a chance to have your say on Making Music’s direction of travel. We want to hear your views and ideas about Making Music in general, and provide an opportunity for you to represent the needs of your music group, helping us to ensure we are delivering the right services and opportunities for you. 

Who should attend this event?

Location

Village Hotel
Langdon Road
SA1 8QY Swansea
United Kingdom

Exploring music making report

One of the three priorities in our five-year-plan (which we started working to in 2017) is to welcome even more kinds of music groups to become part of the Making Music community. 

With a grant from the Arts Council England, we engaged Fiona Goh to look into this for us, and she delivered her report at the end of 2018. 

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.

Highnotes - spring 2017

In this first issue of 2017 we fill you in our five-year plan, chat to member group North Devon Sinfonia, and Jen Farrant looks at ways to make sure your group is open to people with disabilities.

To download a PDF copy, click the Highnotes image below and select 'download PDF' in the bottom right-hand corner.

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.

Making friends and influencing people

There are few music groups today who have the privilege of being fully self-financing and who therefore have little need to make friends and influence people. The aim of this guidance is to encourage groups to think about how they can influence decision makers in their local area – the sort of activities which could make a difference to a group with a particular problem to solve (lack of cheap rehearsal space, no local business support etc.) and would also be a big help to Making Music in building a database of councillors and MPs who are committed enough to amateur music to take an interest in their local groups.