re. ncpm comment, see www.cerysmaticfactory.info/index.html?mdma_seminar_210904.html
piece from radio 4's front row on mdmarchive
click on listen to the programme and the piece starts 23 mins 45 secs into the show
Click on the Seminar Report link on the MDMArchive website (www.mdmarchive.co.uk) for the organisation's own view point on the project.
It's important to remember, and David Jennings makes the point himself, that funding culture has changed over the last 10 years. It's unlikely that any funding body approached by the MDMArchive is going to apply the same creative restrictions on the project as apparently happened with the NCPM. While it's still true that you have to create your funding application around the criteria of the organisation you're seeking funding from, most funding bodies want to be seen to be supporting something "different".
The Manchester District Music Archive has the potential to be something very different, and to be the first facility of its kind in the UK. We at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester have been impressed by how the MDMArchive Board have organised themselves and got this project under way. Picking up on point 1 of David Jennings' piece, they have a vision, but they are also developing a practical plan on how to achieve that vision. They want to get that plan right. More significantly, though, they want to work with existing organisations in the district. That is where the real success of this project is going to lie.