FOUR FIRST STEPS: LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY FOR MUSIC AND ARTS ORGANISATIONS

Very good information and advise from Anita Holford. add http://www.payingartists.org.uk/ to the list. But most of all, remember it’s not just the makers that are getting squeezed, it’s the people that commission too.

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CommsWHAT IS LOBBYING AND ADVOCACY?

 Advocacy in the political sense means creating awareness of an issue in order to influence public policy and funding decisions. The methods you use can be wide-ranging, from communications and media campaigns, to public speaking; from commissioning and publishing research to conducting polls.

 Lobbying is a type of advocacy that involves approaching politicians directly about a particular issue, policy or legislation. The phrase comes from the gathering of Members of Parliament and peers in the hallways (or lobbies) of the Houses of Parliament before and after parliamentary debates.

 WHO DOES IT?

Individuals and organisations might lobby as part of paid work (a Project Manager or Government Liaison Officer meeting a politician about an issue related to his/her organisation) or in a voluntary capacity (an activist meeting with a politician in an unpaid capacity). There are also professional lobbyists who may be part…

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