Taking part is a fantastic way to contribute to the world of community music while raising your group’s profile with potential audiences and members and learning from enthusiasts from different artistic backgrounds.

With so much going on it can be difficult to fit things into your schedule. To help you plan ahead and think about what best suits you we have provided a list of some of the main projects, the dates of their next occurrence and the approximate time they take place each year.

There are opportunities to create your own event as part of a national festival or movement, work with children and young people, collaborate with other groups, recruit helpers and volunteers to your cause or simply take part in an already existing event. Whatever you decide to do, we’ve got all the information you need to help make your performance a success!

Creating your own event

Putting on your own event and tying it in to a national festival or movement is a really good way for your group to try something new, but in a setting that is known to or familiar to you. We’ve put together some resources to help you plan an event with a difference, and a list of projects that you might want to connect with for some extra exposure.

If you want to open up your event to other people in the community, why not run a come and sing or come and play event? Our Come and sing / play toolkit will help you to plan everything that you need.  If you want to encourage new or rusty musicians, your event could provide learning opportunities – see our Learn to Play Day Q&A page for some suggestions as to how you could make this work. Or if you really want to draw attention to yourselves, why not consider putting on a flashmob?

There’s no better way to inspire the musicians of the future than to create an event that speaks especially to them. Take a look at our top tips for planning a Get Creative Family Arts Festival event. They include advice on open rehearsals, family workshops, alternative venues and pre-event family activities.

Why not plan your event to coincide with one of the following projects – you can usually list your event on the relevant website for extra free publicity.

Collaborating with other art forms

For an event with a difference, why not consider joining up with a group that practices another art form, such as drawing, painting, dancing or knitting? You could work together to create an event that really enthuses your local community, and which will bring a new element to your music making. Read our guidance on collaborating with other groups, and see some of our suggestions for multi-arts events.

Great opportunities to promote your work with other art forms include:

Recruiting volunteers and helpers for your organisation

Every music group needs helpers who help make the group run smoothly – for small jobs such as selling tickets or refreshments at events, larger jobs such as publicity or more important roles such as acting as a trustee for your group. Voluntary Arts have some guidance on recruiting and working with volunteers that can help, and our Trustees handbook will help you to think in more detail about some of the key responsibilities involved. Opportunities for you to promote your volunteer needs throughout the year include:

Performing through an existing project

If you just want to perform and don’t want the hassle of devising and planning an event, you can apply to take part in an existing event. It’s still a great opportunity for your group to gain some more performance experience and to reach new audiences.

This is just a list of some of the biggest opportunities that we're aware of – so we may have missed something off. If there is a particular project you think other members might be interested in, or if you have any questions about the projects listed, contact us at info@makingmusic.org.uk.