Cultural Playing Field

Community Media Association Arts Project by Robin Simpson
May 6, 2011, 3:44 pm
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I was in Sheffield on Wednesday for a meeting of the Community Media Association Arts Project steering group. We are now three quarters of the way through our two-year Arts Project, funded by Arts Council England, so this was a longer meeting to start to plan what we will do after the end of the project. We were joined by CMA Chair Phil Shepherd and freelance consultant Gill Thewlis to help us think through what we have achieved and where we should go next. The project has certainly raised the profile of community media organisations working with the arts and the exemplar projects that have been created are fantastic examples of what can be achieved by collaborations between community media and arts organisations. We had an interesting discussion about the way that community media, which is still a relatively young sector, is maturing rapidly, with ‘content’ including a wide range of innovative arts programming becoming ever more important. The Government proposals for local TV could present a huge opportunity for content production. We agreed to start develop an ambitious vision for community media and the arts.

Robin Simpson.

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