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date: 23 January 2022

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The type of community music defined as an ‘active intervention’ can suggest a political, usually left-leaning, flavor to the practice. But the trajectory of the work in the United Kingdom over the last half-century suggests that government policies, rather than politics, have been the driver for the development of much community music work. Moreover, the practice adapts well to frequent changes in such policies. From an original stance of opposition to authority, through to a confidence in its own authoritativeness, the practice's instrumentality and focus on its participants have been key ingredients in helping community music in the United Kingdom to mature as a profession and continue to thrive.

Keywords: politics, government policies, community music history, uses and purposes, values, social and personal impacts, young people, older people

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