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From: Voluntary Arts England <info_at_vaengland_dot_org_dot_uk>
Date: 10 November 2006 13:27:11 GMT
Subject: News from Voluntary Arts England

From: Voluntary Arts England <info_at_vaengland_dot_org_dot_uk>

Week ending 10th November 2006

Did you know you can submit your event and training information for inclusion within this newsletter directly by visiting the Voluntary Arts England website - - and selecting either 'arts events' or 'training and workshops' from the left hand menu.



Arts Council England launches its first-ever public value inquiry

Arts Council England have launched the arts debate, its first-ever public value inquiry.  Through a wide reaching programme of research and consultation the Arts Council will explore how people value the arts and, by gaining a deeper understanding of what is important to them, become more accountable to the public it serves.

The first stage of the inquiry will be a series of in-depth discussion groups with members of the public across the country, including those that currently have little or no involvement with the arts. Key themes for this early exploration will include:

What is meant by ‘the arts’ these days?
Accessibility, barriers and motivations
Perceived benefits to individuals and society
Local, regional, national and international arts
Attitudes to funding and the role of the Arts Council
Responsibilities of artists and arts organisations that receive public money
Hopes and expectations for the future

The next stage of the programme will include extensive research with artists, arts organisations and other Arts Council stakeholders.  In the new year key issues will be opened up to wider public consultation and debate. Everyone will be able to have their say by logging on to the interactive discussion forum on the arts debate website: The inquiry will come to a close in May 2007 and findings will be published in the autumn, along with the Arts Council’s response and plans for the future.


Music for Youth Regional Festival Series

area: various

deadline: Monday 4 December 2006

Every year Music for Youth provides opportunities for 100,000 young people to both perform at its festivals and attend live performances of all kinds of music. Two million young people aged from four to twenty-one have taken part in Music for Youth and you can join them. The Music for Youth Regional Festival Series celebrates the music of young ensembles in your local region and brings together groups of all ages and abilities, covering every type of music you can imagine. 

Further information and online booking form:



The BRIT Trust

The BRIT Trust was established in 1989 and is entirely funded by the music industry. Its mission is to give young people a chance to express their musical creativity regardless of race, class, sex or ability.

Since its inception, over £8.8million has been donated by the BRIT Trust to various charities.


UnLtd, a charity which supports social entrepreneurs - people with vision, drive, commitment and passion who want to change the world for the better gives out 1,000 “Level 1” Awards of between £500 and £5,000, each year across the UK, aimed at individuals or informal groups of people who want to set up new projects and who have both the ideas and the commitment to develop projects which will benefit their community. They do not support organisations. 

Visit for further information and to complete an eligibility questionnaire.

Penny Allen      /      Anthony John Allen

South East Folk Arts Network:
Charity registered in England and Wales No: 1111883
Company Limited by Guarantee No: 5114495 registered in Cardiff

Meltdown English Ceilidhs:

89 Hollingbury Park Avenue, Brighton,  BN1 7JQ
Tel.  +44 (0)1273 541453
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