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

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From the band room to the boardroom …The 9 common lessons of music education that translate into success

Biz-Music_websized_200wA blog post that advocates music education from the perspective of business leaders. The author interviewed CEOs and business leaders about the correlation between music education and success. I shared this some time ago, but thought it would be timely to repost, as various campaigns for music and arts education pick up steam in the UK.

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by Craig M. Cortello

(The following article is an excerpt from Everything We Needed to Know About Business, We Learned Playing Music, printed with permission from the author. The book is a compilation of 32 profiles of CEOs and business professionals who played music as a child or adolescent and view that experience as a defining one in preparing them for success in their business endeavors.)

These are alarming times for the plight of music education funding. Economic downturns are an immediate sign of crisis for those programs that have perennially been at or near the education budgetary chopping block. Non-profit organizations that try to fill that resource gap often rely on the benevolence of those impacted by an ailing economy. Perhaps a new understanding of the transcendent lessons of a music education can lead to a reshuffling of education priorities.

Consider a conversation that I had a couple…

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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?