Music, in the main would seem that it is always going to be on the back foot. Although it is now well documented that music stimulates learning, because this doesn’t appear to be directly measurable it is always going to be in the firing line when budgets cuts in are being considered. Bearing this in mind I think bands have got to do it for themselves, which in many respects I would imagine has been happening for a good many years. With forums such as this, these aspects are being discussed and faced. However, can tMP make a difference? There has been much talk, but can we, as forum consider campaigns for raising awareness, in addition to putting pressure on governing bodies to be more pro-active. One thing that has come to mind is to have a campaign “Take a Friend to Band Month”. This being directed towards youth bands and youth sections of bands, where the young players are encouraged to ask along a friend to band. Other things such more TV coverage, BBC 4 would seem an ideal medium for covering gala concerts etc.