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.
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
- Collaborating with other art forms
- Recruiting volunteers/helpers for your organisation
- Performing through an existing project
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 some opportunities below that you might want to connect with for some extra exposure. You can usually list your event on the relevant website for extra free publicity.
If you want to open up participation 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.
You could team up with another music group in your area for a performance - see our guidance on collaborating with other music groups for tips on where to start.
Or if you really want to draw attention to yourselves, why not consider putting on a flashmob?
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 or dancing? 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. See below for some of our suggestions for multi-arts events.
- Civic Day - June
- Get Creative Festival - May
- Culture Night Belfast - September
- Age of Creativity Festival - October
- Fun Palaces - October
Recruiting volunteers and helpers for your organisation
Every music group needs helpers who help make the group run smoothly – from small jobs such as selling tickets or refreshments at events, larger jobs such as publicity or more bigger roles such as acting as a trustee for your group. Voluntary Arts have some guidance on recruiting and working with volunteers, 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 existing events organised by others. It’s still a great opportunity for your group to gain some more performance experience and to reach new audiences.
- Voices Now
- National Eisteddford of Wales
- UK Choir Festival
- BBC Music Day
- Big Big Sing all year round
This is a list of some of the biggest opportunities that we're aware of, but we may have missed something. If there is a particular project or festival you think other members might be interested in, or if you have any questions about those listed, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org