National events and festivals: opportunities for your group (online event)

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United Kingdom
Friday, 21 May 2021 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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About the event: 

Join us for the latest in our series of guest speaker events, featuring key people from arts-related organisations in the UK sharing their insights into a variety of topics relevant to leisure-time music groups.

Getting out into public spaces can be a real boost to your group’s profile. There are many national events, movements and organisations offering opportunities to showcase your group on new platforms and reach potential new participants and audiences, while also giving your group members an exciting new project to work towards.

In this session, our guest speakers will highlight some of the different events and festivals, so that you can go back to your group with practical information to help you decide whether an opportunity is for you, and what you might gain by taking part.

  • Rachel Bowron will speak about the Ralph Vaughan William anniversary celebrations (150th birthday on 12 October 2022) and share some inspiration about how to get involved.
  • Victoria Verbi of the Together Coalition, a campaign which brings together some of the UK's most influential and best known organisations to help build kinder, closer and more connected communities, will speak about Thank You Day - The UK's biggest Thank you Party on Sunday 4 July, and how they’re inviting music groups to play a key part in the day. 
  • Alison Porter of Make Music Day will outline the many ways of getting involved and put your group on the map nationally and globally on 21 June each year.
  • Jill Shevlin of Music For All will speak about Learn to Play Day, an initiative which sees music shops all over the UK throw open their doors for some free taster lessons – and perhaps a performance or two from you this September?
  • Kirsty Lothian and Makala Cheung of Fun Palaces will share how you can set up or contribute to a Fun Palace near you on the first weekend in October each year.


There will be breakout room sessions for you to find out more from individual speakers, and an opportunity to ask questions.

Cost: FREE for members and non-members

We will be using Zoom to host the event, and will send you full instructions the day before the event on how to join.

Places are limited, so reserve yours now.


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Event information:

  • This event may include a powerpoint presentation
  • Other audio and visual content will be shared on screen
  • This event includes discussion in breakout rooms
  • Questions will be taken via the chat function at this event
  • Automated closed captions (subtitles) will be available at this event

Recording information:
We may decide to record this event, either for publishing on our website, or so that we can review it internally.

  • We will announce at the beginning of the event if a recording is being made and what it will be used for
  • We will usually record in speaker view, meaning only people who speak will be recorded
  • If you speak, your image and voice will be captured in the recording
  • Attendee names as displayed in a Zoom meeting will not be captured in the recording
  • If you do not want your image to be captured, you may turn off your camera during the event. However, please be aware that if you do, your name will be displayed in place of your image, unless you have uploaded an image to your profile in Zoom
  • Breakout rooms will not normally be recorded
  • Your comments in the chat box will not form part of the recording

By booking a place and attending this event, you consent to being recorded in this way.

Inclusivity statement:

We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible. If you have any particular accessibility requirements or if there is anything else we can do to help make the event a better experience for you, please let us know.

Cancellation policy:

Making Music reserves the right to cancel an event due to low attendance numbers, adverse weather conditions or other circumstances which make it no longer possible to run the event. If you have booked a place and Making Music cancels the event, we will offer you a full refund where applicable.