How to change the world, through the way you present your stories

A fantastic free multi-media book by the world's top presentation designer, Nancy Duarte. This book will show you how to tell your story, make powerful yet human connections with people through your presentations, and shares some fascinating stories, facts and research too.

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Working together to reach more people – can we extend audience development support to music hubs?

As arts/cultural/creative organisations steel themselves for further cuts this winter, they’ll be pulling out all the stops to communicate their worth. There’s a strong network of arts marketing professionals who are more than up for that challenge: but few of them are in music education. Perhaps now’s the time to make better links, locally and … Continue reading Working together to reach more people – can we extend audience development support to music hubs?

Four first steps: Lobbying and advocacy for music and arts organisations

WHAT IS LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY?  Advocacy in the political sense means creating awareness of an issue in order to influence public policy and funding decisions. The methods you use can be wide-ranging, from communications and media campaigns, to public speaking; from commissioning and publishing research to conducting polls.  Lobbying is a type of advocacy that … Continue reading Four first steps: Lobbying and advocacy for music and arts organisations

Why Twitter isn’t about your cornflakes: twelve tips for the Twitter shy

The comment I hear the most from social networking shy colleagues is ‘why do I want to know what you had for breakfast?’. I have a confession to make. A few years ago, I was one of those people – at least where Twitter was concerned. Then a conversation with a friend and colleague changed … Continue reading Why Twitter isn’t about your cornflakes: twelve tips for the Twitter shy

Arts advocacy – stepping up a gear?

It looks as if arts advocacy campaigning in the UK will be stepping up a gear this year. Not only are the funding cuts forcing us all to look long and hard at the true value of what we do, and to get even better at collecting and sharing evidence and stories - but a … Continue reading Arts advocacy – stepping up a gear?

Aspiration, achievement and school improvement – heads say music can make the difference

In the next 12 months, as music education hubs form, the National Music Plan gets underway, and the  government's review of the national curriculum is published, head teacher support for music education will be crucial. In the first of a two-part series for Music Education UK, I spoke to secondary heads whose leadership and support … Continue reading Aspiration, achievement and school improvement – heads say music can make the difference