Cultural Playing Field

Community media and the voluntary arts by Robin Simpson
December 17, 2009, 10:34 pm
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On Monday afternoon I chaired a meeting of voluntary arts umbrella bodies, at the offices of Making Music in London, to discuss the Community Media Association’s Arts Project. The CMA Arts Co-ordinator, Tamar Millen, described how the project intends to bring arts organisations and community media organisations together to create broadcast content and expand audiences. In a fascinating discussion, representatives of umbrella bodies including the British Association of Barbershop Singers, the Morris Federation and the Handbell Ringers of Great Britain explored what their members might have to gain from collaborating with community radio stations and other community media organisations and what they might have to offer. We identified three common needs of the voluntary arts groups represented around the table which the project might help to address: to raise the profile of the relevant artform; to attract new audiences for voluntary arts groups; and to seek new members. Tamar explained the plan to run nine regional roadshows during 2010 which will provide opportunities for voluntary arts groups to meet community media organisations and discuss further how they might work together.

Robin Simpson.

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