Cultural Playing Field

Sound Alliance – Making Music Convention 2008 by Robin Simpson
September 19, 2008, 7:49 am
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On Sunday I was at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London to address the Making Music Convention. I spoke about Making Music’s role in the wider voluntary arts sector as part of a session on partnerships which also featured Edward Blakeman, Editor of Live Music at BBC Radio 3, and Tim Lihoreau, creative director for Classic FM, who both announced new agreements to air recordings of Making Music member groups. Radio 3 will include recordings of amateur orchestras in ‘Performance on 3’ from October (weekdays from 7 pm) and Classic FM will showcase amateur choirs in ‘The Full Works’ (weekdays from 9 pm). We then heard from Baroness Neuberger, the Government’s Volunteering Champion, who spoke about the recommendations of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering and the role of volunteering in the arts. She said the arts depended on millions of volunteers, most of whom didn’t think of themselves as volunteers. Baroness Neuberger quoted the ‘Our Creative Talent’ research launched at the Voluntary Arts England/DCMS/Arts Council England conference in July which identified 3.5 million volunteers supporting amateur arts groups in England. She said voluntary arts groups clearly bring vibrancy and creativity to communities: the Government’s role is not to be instructive but to encourage by not putting barriers in the way, providing financial support, creating an atmosphere of goodwill and saying thank you.


Robin Simpson.

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