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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Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

A short post to share some recent stories/case studies from music work with young people in challenging circumstances, supported through Youth Music's Musical Inclusion programme. If you're involved in working with young people through music and/or reaching young people who may be disengaged from learning and from life, then these stories will be of interest. It's been … Continue reading Stories: music work with young people in challenging circumstances

Benefits of arts education – evidence from the U.S

If you're needing to make the case for music or the arts in your school or organisation,Reinvesting in Arts Education - winning America's future through creative schools, has proven useful recently for a few colleagues, so I thought I'd summarise some of the key findings here. It's worth a fuller read, particularly the sections on … Continue reading Benefits of arts education – evidence from the U.S

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?

How to make your music hub business plan an easier, more convincing, read

Your business plan is the blueprint for your organisation's future. It communicates and shares your goals and values, and helps potential funders and supporters to understand how you will deliver on their goals and priorities, as well as your own. It is a critically important document and for that reason it needs to be a … Continue reading How to make your music hub business plan an easier, more convincing, read

Advocating for music – sharing research more widely

I've been noticing for some time now how hard it is to find research evidence when you need it. Much of my work is about advocating for music, the arts, or a particular good cause. But although I often know there's research out there to back up a particular case, I struggle to find it … Continue reading Advocating for music – sharing research more widely