Campaigns and advocacy

Highnotes

In the autumn issue of Highnotes we look at making your group more inclusive, chat to our President Debbie Wiseman OBE, discover how church music is thriving with the help of the Royal School of Church Music and more.

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

 

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.

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.

Treasurers' survey - 2013

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