Our story

Since 1935, Making Music has championed leisure-time music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,700 groups representing around 200,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their group so they can get on with making music!

Our priorities include helping our membership flourish, lobbying on behalf of the amateur music making community, and encouraging participation in music as a means to enhance personal and community well-being. We offer a range of services to support hobby music makers. They include:

  • Lobbying and advocacy: helping to guarantee that you have the opportunity to take part in music-making, carrying your voice to the decision-makers in government and elsewhere.
  • Practical resources: these range from our highly competitive insurance schemes, 60+ guidance sheets, and specialist tools to discounts, one-to-one advice, and much more.
  • Networking and development: including training, networking events, national conferences, and support near you through a team of managers in the England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Artistic support: an annual selection of professional artists, young and established, at specially negotiated prices, with some subsidies available; Music Bank offering repertoire searching, a member sheet music exchange and free programme notes; and national and local projects for members to take part in to develop themselves, their members and their audiences.

We're here to help everyone flourish in their music making, and this website provides a space for all leisure-time musicians to come together in a community to share experiences, ideas and expertise.

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