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Welsh Amateur Music Federation, records

Reference code(s): GB 0210 WAMF

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Welsh Amateur Music Federation Records

Short Title: Welsh Amateur Music Federation, records

Creation date(s): 1963-2001 (predominantly 1970-2001) (accumulated 1970-2001)

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.429 cubic metres (15 boxes)

Name of creator(s): Welsh Amateur Music Federation


Administrative/Biographical history: Ffederasiwn Cerddoriaeth Amatur Cymru / The Welsh Amateur Music Federation was established around 1970. Membership of the Federation is open to all types of amateur music groups in Wales, subject to payment of the membership fees. It provides financial aid to its members, including guarantees against loss, financial assistance to purchase musical scores and instruments and to subsidise the travel costs of conductors and accompanists. It also loans scores to its members. The Federation was initially established as an autonomous body under the authority of the Welsh Arts Council but became totally independent in 1994. However, it continued to receive its funding by means of an annual grant from the Arts Council of Wales. The Federation is organised into several committees, each with responsibility for allocating financial aid to different categories of musical societies. Committee members are nominated by the constituent societies. The committees' decisions are implemented mainly by the liaison officer, a post held from around 1971 to 1995 by Keith Griffin, now the Federation's Director.


Scope and content/abstract: The fonds comprises material dating between 1963 and 2001, consisting mainly of correspondence, [c. 1970]-2001, between the Federation and various musical societies on matters of financial aid and membership fees, providing a valuable overview of a wide range of musical activities throughout Wales. It also contains correspondence with other arts organisations and bodies, both national and regional, copies of rules, constitutions and accounts of the various constituent societies as well as programmes, leaflets, posters and other printed ephemera, covering the period from 1963 to 2001. Several files contain papers relating specifically to the Federation's internal committees. Only one file relates to the Federation's own administration.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: The fonds was arranged according to subject at NLW into seven series: male choirs, 1966-1999, choral societies, 1969-1999, amateur operatic societies, 1973-1999, brass bands, 1971-1999, miscellaneous societies, 1970-2001, miscellaneous committees and activities, 1970-2000, and programmes and posters, 1963-2000.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply

Finding aids: A hard copy of the list is available at NLW.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: Authority to destroy records given by Ms Sarah Hill on behalf of the Welsh Amateur Music Federation.

Accruals: Accruals are likely

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Ffederasiwn Cerddoriaeth Amatur Cymru / Welsh Amateur Music Federation, Cardiff per Ms Sarah Hill, November 2000 and per Mr Keith Griffin, April 2001.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and NLW Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: April 2001

Music | Wales
Welsh Amateur Music Federation | Records and correspondence

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