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 TMF members can contribute to the Forum in several ways: connect with us through our social media, write something for the blog, feature in a guest organisation spotlight, or send us your items for the newsletter. Submit here.

Guidelines for writing guest blogs

We aim to publish a guest blog post from a member organisation or individual every month. This is a great way for you to promote your organisation and take part in the Forum through discussion.

What we’re looking for

• We want interesting posts about the trad music sector – anything from opinions on policy to musicianship to write-ups of great events.

• Keep it short - 500-700 words is good (think a typed page of A4)

• Include a picture; it breaks up the text and draws your reader in.

• If you are writing on behalf of your organisation specifically, check with your members that you are reflecting official policy, or note that the opinions are specifically yours.

 

Stylistic tips 

• Always keep your reader in mind: Try and think about who will read your post, what they are interested in, and how busy they are. Your readers are probably a lot like you, so what would you want to read?

• Talk about something your reader can relate to – we don’t just want to hear about what your organisation does, we want to know what you think in relation to the traditional music sector in general. We feature regular profiles of our member organisations in our newsletter, so save the details of what you do for that. Tell your readers about something new. Think of an interesting angle.

• Make it entertaining – make it as easy as possible for your reader to engage with you. Write how you would speak, and try to avoid jargon or buzzwords.

• Don’t be afraid to be controversial – go on, get people talking!

• Write in short paragraphs; it’s another way to break up text and makes the whole reading experience more digestible.

• When you’ve finished, write quick bullet-notes about what you think the post is about, and then read it back to check you have followed a clear argument.

 

Spotlight

We feature bite-sized profiles about member organisations or other groups we want to draw attention to in our monthly newsletter. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the other members and make people aware of what you do. Here are a few things to think about when writing your profile:

  • Keep it short – one or two paragraphs. You can always include a link to more information.
  • What are the main things you do as an organisation?
  • How long have you been running for?
  • Who benefits from what you do?
  • How can people get involved or find out more?
  • Do you run an event? Could you time your profile to appear in an appropriate newsletter to help with promotion? Or do you have any other big news you could coincide the profile with?
  • Is there something particularly interesting about what you do that other people might not realise?
  • Do you have more to say? Would your profile be more suited to a guest blog post?

 

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