WAKEFIELD MUSIC COLLECTIVE – ACHIEVEMENTS UPDATE 2007 -2012
We are a not for profit community group run by volunteers, whose purpose is to promote live music across Wakefield. We do this by planning, organising and delivering music nights, events and festivals. We also offer volunteering opportunities, student placements, and work in partnership with other organisations, e.g. Wakefield Schools Music Hub. The Collective started in 1991 to promote live music and put on their first live music event in Clarence Park. Over the years the Collective have put on numerous Clarence Park Festivals, Battle of the Bands competitions, held fundraising events, also ran a successful funded project ‘Music Track’. Members of the Collective have come and gone over the years but our love of live music and the ethos of staging live music for free for all the community (where possible) hasn’t changed.
As a voluntary organisation we are have to fulfill certain criteria for us to operate, e.g. to have a management committee, a set of rules, insurance, H & S policies. We also are required to hold regular meetings, plus an Annual General Meeting (AGM) to report the year’s activities to members, partners and sponsors.
This is an update of our achievements over the last 5 years which includes our campaign to conserve and renovate the Bandstand in Clarence Park.
THE BANDSTAND -CLARENCE PARK, WAKEFIELD
- We have undertaken practical tasks and are campaigning to conserve the Bandstand with support from the Youth Offending Team (YOT) and WMDC Environment Services (Parks Dept.). In 2007/8 the Collective successfully secured £5000 funding from Community Foundation for Wakefield to pay for new shutters to be fitted. This year we are undertaking a further funding bid in collaboration with WMDC Environment Services to repair and refurbish the bandstand for all the community to use. We also continue to support the work of the Friends of CHaT Parks in their quest to improve Clarence Park.
- We plan, organise and stage Clarence Park Festival – an annual free weekend music festival (which is the longest running free festival in Yorkshire) with 2 stages, 18 bands, food and beer concessions, craft stalls, and children’s activities This event attracts up to 5000 over the weekend (weather permitting) .
- We annually organise and stage 8 Brass Concerts, a Young Band Showcase and Summer Solstice Gig at the Bandstand. Also this year a Teddy Bear’s picnic with live music.
- Each year we put on 2 festivals, 12 other music events and 50 weekly music nights attracting approximately 6000 people of all ages ( locally and from outside the area). We attract up to 100 local, regional, national bands and performers per year to play at our events, festival and music nights. We have also staged events with and for other agencies, i.e. Fringe Event for Long Division Festival, Rhubarb Jam & Rhubarb Rocks for WMDC’s Rhubarb Festival, Hepworth Gallery Birthday and Olympic Torch Events, Trinity Walk Launch with Faceless Arts Company, Love Music Hate Racism Event for Next Generation.
- One of our committee members, who as is an experienced and inventive web designer, designed and installed our site which has an average of 300 hits per day. We also have 768 Twitter followers. Events, gigs and news updates are entered onto the site. Also we put our info on the Experience Wakefield website on a regular basis.
WORKING WITH OTHER AGENCIES/PARTNERS
School Music Hub/Student Placements
- We are active members of Wakefield Schools Music Hub Partnership, and supported the recent successful bid to the Arts Council for funds for school music. We were involved with the Hub’s successful children and young people’s event staged at Theatre Royal Wakefield in July. We have supported 2 students through Marketing placements (from Wakefield College &Trinity and All Saints College, Leeds).
Tourism Partnership Meetings/Community Area Forums/Scrutiny;
- Attended Tourism Partnership meetings in respect of partners working together to attract more visitors to Wakefield. We were invited to give presentations at Community Area Forums about the voluntary work Wakefield Music Collectives does. Also we were invited this year to attend a Scrutiny Review of Music Provision in Wakefield (along with other arts organisations and promoters) in respect of venues and promotion.
- We are members of two voluntary sector networks: Voluntary Action Wakefield District and Young Lives Consortium and obtain from them organisational support, training opportunities and free publicity via their network bulletins.
VOLUNTEER HOURS CONTRIBUTED
- Our social investment into the cultural life of Wakefield is in the region of 2000 hours per year. This includes planning ,organizing and staging events, festivals and music nights, listening to band entries, answering enquiries re gigs, booking bands for gigs, liaising with and attracting sponsors, researching and writing funding bids, marketing/promotion, website entries, pod casts, programme and poster design, taking professional photographs, regular radio slot, picking up and setting up equipment, attending partnership and own committee meetings, picking up rubbish at the park and many more tasks too numerous to mention.