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examination each may not be recognising that professional is usually the time when the blank structure, known as a Community
mutually exclusive. music making has an important piece of paper before me appears Interest Company, which could be
part to play in our music. In this whiter than white and the words applicable to our work. This form
Focus can imply a narrowing issue we have what I regard as are even more elusive than ever! of governance sits somewhere
of activity but if we focus on an important article by Tom Bliss. between a business and a ‘not
concepts such as ‘Keep Music Tom has reached a decision point I don’t know what the future holds, for profit’, allowing a Company
Live’ or ‘community enterprise’, in his own career and feels able but I am an optimist and know that to act in a business like-way,
then horizons can expand. I to say things in public that many hope is a more creative force than but investing profits back into
believe that a ‘hands on’ others will only say in private. His despair. For those who hold the its ‘community of interest’. This
involvement with music is an thoughtful article sheds light on view that there is such a thing as sounds very much what we have
essential part of Living Tradition’s issues that directly affect those ‘the folk industry’, remember that been doing for the last 15 years.
activity. At the heart of all we have who make a living from folk music. it is a creative industry. For those
done so far has been an interest It also offers a viewpoint which who think that traditional music I recognise the success of
in education and the passing on could be important for people making is ‘not for profit’, consider community on social networking
of traditions. Summer schools are working in other areas of this what underpins the ability of artists websites like Myspace and
the main activity that I am involved music to understand. to make their art. Facebook, but I am wary of the
in and partnerships are at the commercial model going on
heart of our development plans. The number of people who We need to recognise that value, here. Ordinary people create the
We are normally quite reluctant to depend on music performance cost and price are not the same content, but it is the large money
blow our own trumpet, but in this for their living is in reality tiny thing. We can value the amateur making organisations such as
issue we carry a feature article on compared to the number of musician as much or more than Rupert Murdoch’s Sky, who reap
our summer schools. I hope that people who play this music the professional, but they don’t the real benefits. I would like
this creates an interest in our work without depending on it for the necessarily come at the same cost to investigate ideas for social
and also inspires others who are living. Although small in number, or price. networking among the traditional
doing something similar. the contribution of this group music community.
of professionals is significant to At the moment my mind is thinking
This may be our moon shot. everybody with an interest in this about community enterprise. The I am sure that technology lies
Failure is not an option. music. We also carry an article by Living Tradition has existed for at the heart of a solution that
Jim Bainbridge who makes a plea over 15 years, essentially surviving would work for Living Tradition,
A Wake up Call for local music making. It is at as a business rather than as an but with face to face contact and
The Living Tradition has often times like this that I say to myself arts organisation - which may enjoyment of music being one of
spoken about the dangers of “This editorial is going to be a be a more realistic description the end results. Are there any
the commercialisation of folk really critical one” and I feel the of what it actually is. There is willing and competent hands out
music, whilst at the same time need to say something wise. That a new business governance there among our readership? q
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