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Sent: 20 January 2010 17:39
Subject: SEFAN 2010-01-20_01 GLEANINGS from Making Music and VAE


Audience Development - with Tasmin Little

In this workshop Tasmin will help you create a musical presentation or workshop to take to schools, places of work and community centres, to help you attract new audiences to your events. Content will be appropriate for singers, instrumentalists and promoting groups alike.

Date: Thursday 4th February
Time: 7-9pm, please aim to arrive at 6.45
Place: The Long Barn, Norden Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF
Cost: £7 per member of Making Music groups, £22 per participant otherwise.

Click here for more information or contact alice_at_makingmusic_dot_org_dot_uk - 07838 251368.


Making Music South East has teamed up with Slough Community Arts Team to invite you to a networking event, where you can meet other musicians and artists to share news and ideas! The focus for the meeting will be collaborations - how can we use connections to support each other's work, and how might we work together on joint projects? Please feel free to bring leaflets for your next event.

Date: Thursday 21st January
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: cafe, West Wing Arts Centre, Slough, SL2 5AY
Cost: free! refreshments provided

Click here for more information or contact - alice_at_makingmusic_dot_org_dot_uk - 07838 251368.

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GLEANINGS from VAE eBulletin Monday 18 January 2010

Updated factsheet on References

Personnel professionals body The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has updated its factsheet on References.

It gives basic guidance on the risks in providing references and how to manage them plus key legal aspects of providing and using references.

source: Volresource

Be Creative Be Well  - LONDON ONLY

deadline - 5pm,  29 January 2010

Well London is a three year programme that works with local people across London to enable them to transform their health. As part of the creative strand of the programme, Arts Council England manages Be Creative Be Well and is currently commissioning in 12 London boroughs.

Be Creative Be Well commissions arts and creative activities to engage communities and individuals in a process of change, to improve health, environments, increase community cohesion through intercultural and intergenerational projects and provide accessible, fun, whole community activities.

Since the start of the programme they have funded a variety of different projects including a Big Chair Dance for older people in Haringey run by Entelechy Arts, commissioned Pins and Winston to refurbish the Handcroft Road Resource Centre in Croydon, supported a family fun day in Star Park (Newham) and Memory Soup in Islington by Clod Ensemble.

They are currently commissioning projects in Barking and Dagenham (total commission fund: £32,000), Brent (£34,000), Camden (£24,000), Ealing (£32,000), Enfield (£38,000), Greenwich (£32,000), Haringey (£37,100), Kensington and Chelsea (£26,500), Lewisham (£22,000), Southwark (£29,000), Waltham Forest (£32,000) and Westminster (£33,000).

Each commission is between the values of £22,000 to £38,000, as listed above. If you are based in or near this area, with a good knowledge of the issues faced by these communities and have a great idea on how creative activities could contribute towards improving health and mental well being, then please consider applying.  Applicants based outside these areas are ineligible to apply, as are multiple applications.

For more information including details of how to apply visit

Applications to ACE Grants for the arts suspended for six weeks

Arts Council England have suspended applications to its Grants for the arts programme for a period of six weeks between Monday 18 January and Friday 26 February.

The temporary suspension will allow the effective introduction of the new, improved application process from 1 March 2010. For the first time artists and arts organisations will be able to apply to Grants for the arts online making the programme more widely accessible and the application process as easy as possible.

A new national Grants for the arts team, based in the Arts Council’s assessment centre in Manchester, will assess and monitor all applications. The new teams will be focused around individual artforms and will maintain close links to each region, with decisions continuing to be made within the region. This will allow the Arts Council to make funding decisions using a national framework and ensures consistent advice and assessment is given to applicants wherever they are based.

The changes will improve how the scheme works for applicants, and save almost £1.5m a year in administrative costs, which will be reinvested directly into the arts
Grassroots Grants

deadline - March 2011

So far, Grassroots Grants has funded thousands of projects, from sports for the disabled to arts for older people, activities for young people, counselling services, employment programmes, food parcel services, music groups and village halls. It is these small, volunteer led groups that make a real difference to the lives of local people, and often a small amount of money can go a long way.

Applying for Grassroots Grants is quick, easy and help is available. You can apply for money until March 2011.  If your group ticks all the boxes, then you could apply for a Grassroots Grant of £250 - £5000

- A not-for-profit voluntary or community group in England
- Led by volunteers
- Active in local community 12 months or more
- Average income (over three years) of less than £30,000 per year
- Works for the benefit of your local community

If you have any questions, please contact the Grassroots Grants helpline:
T: 01223 400 331

To find out about how to apply for a Grassroot Grant visit

Penny Allen  -    General Manager
Anthony John Allen - Chair of the Board

Charity registered in England and Wales No: 1111883
Company Limited by Guarantee No: 5114495 registered in Cardiff


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