Norfolk Music Library Friends
There are over 100 amateur music making organisations in the county which regularly borrows sets of music from the Norfolk Library Service. The cost is modest and allows them to perform a wide range of works that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Due to Norfolk County Council budget cuts in 2016, this service was threatened with closure. This would have had severe implications for amateur music making in the county, and would have been a big blow to players, audiences and communities.
A major initiative was launched to save the service. The NMLF was formed with a steering committee of interested and involved people. The aim was in two parts:
- raise money to keep the service going for at least another year
- look at alternative ways that the service could be run to make it less of a financial burden on the County Council, and to encourage more societies to use the facility.
Registering as a Charity
To help the second target, we are becoming a properly constituted but independent Friends Group. We are in the process of applying to the Charity Commission to become a registered charity.
We are very fortunate in that the County Music Library Service are wholeheartedly behind our venture and are willing to provide what help they can.