Membership options and costs

Group membership is open to any leisure-time music making or promoting groups, regardless of repertoire or size. Whether you sing Bach or Gary Barlow, play the lute or the steel pans – join the Making Music community!

There are two different types of membership for groups

  • Full
  • Associate

The overall membership benefits are the same, except for the differences as below.

Full members

  • are entitled to lower insurance premiums through Making Music Insurance Services
  • have voting rights at Making Music’s AGM
  • members of Full member groups can stand for election as a Making Music Board member

Associate members

  • do not have voting rights at Making Music’s AGM
  • pay slightly higher membership fees (see table below). This is because we have to charge VAT differently for groups who do not have voting rights.
  • pay higher insurance premiums than full members, and are only eligible for insurance if they make music on an amateur/voluntary basis and it is not their main source of income. See Insurance for music groups for more information.

What do you get for your membership?

Have a look at the wide range of benefits available with your membership from practical services like insurance, PRS collection and Orchestra Tax Relief services, resources on the governance and marketing of your group to project and broadcast opportunities and more.

Which membership type should we get?

I'm starting a new group

Groups who are just starting out can still qualify for Full membership. We have a special discount for new groups to help get you started with our model constitution. The best thing to do is contact us directly to discuss options.

My group is established

If your group has a constitution (governing document) that includes the following points, you can apply as a Full member:

  • Establishes musical aims for your group
  • Establishes your group as a not-for-profit organisation and prohibits the division of profits or assets to any members, both as part of the group activities and upon dissolving the group
My group doesn't meet the criteria for either of the above

If your group does not currently meet the criteria above you can either:

  • Join as an Associate member
  • Apply for Full membership and we will help you through the process of meeting the criteria.

Professional groups/ensembles:

Our services are primarily for leisure-time music groups. Professional bands and ensembles are welcome to join us as Associate members, but can’t take out an insurance policy with us.  You can find out more about the definition of professional for insurance purposes in our Insurance FAQs

My group is a brass band

If you are a member of Brass Bands England (BBE), then membership with us is already included in your BBE membership. All you have to do is activate your Making Music membership – and you can take out our exclusive brass bands insurance policy at the same time if you want.

If you’re not a member of Brass Bands England, you might want to consider joining them – membership with us is included as well as access to our exclusive brass bands insurance scheme – plus all the great stuff Brass Bands England offer. Despite the name ‘Brass Bands England’, bands from anywhere in the UK can join BBE.

Find out more about Brass Band England

My group is a Barbershop group

If you are a member of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) or British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS), then you probably have membership with us through them. Get in touch with us to find out more.

If you’re not a member of LABBS or BABS you might want to consider joining them – membership and insurance with us included – plus all the great stuff they offer.

Find out more about LABBS

Find out more about BABS

How much does it cost?

Membership is from £98. 

Membership and insurance packages run from 1 January to 31 December each year. So whenever you join, your membership (and insurance cover if you choose to purchase it) ends on 31 December in the same year, and if you renew it, begins again on 1 January the following year.

The cost of membership depends on the gross annual income (including donations) of your group. You can get this figure from your last set of accounts. You can also purchase insurance for your group at an additional fee.

Pro-rata: Membership fees are pro-rated (50% off) when joining after 30 June.

Discounts: If you are a brand-new group (started within the previous 6 months) you will qualify for a 50% discount. Discounts are also available for certain other groups (see 'Discounts' below). 



Subscription fee

Groups joining between 1 January and 30 June

Groups joining between 1 July and 31 December

Income bands

Full Members

Associate Members

Full Members

Associate Members

< £7,200





< £14,500





< £21,000





< £31,000





< £100,000










Insurance - from £43

You can also take out insurance with us on top of your membership. Full details of levels of cover and fees are available on our insurance page. Full members will receive lower premiums than associate members.

Find out more about insurance

Membership discounts

Starting a new group discount: 50% on joining

Getting a new group off the ground can be challenging. To help you along the way we offer a 50% on the membership subscription fee. This gives you full membership rights – including access to our Model constitution to help you get set-up as a Charity as well as advice from our expert team. To qualify for this discount your group must have formed in the last 6 months or be in the process of forming.  

To receive the discount, use code 'NGD' when applying online or by post.

Youth Groups discount: 25% on joining and renewal

We believe passionately in youth music and to help those groups dedicated to engaging young people with music offer a 25% discount on the membership fee on joining and at each renewal. To qualify your members must all be under 21. 

To receive the discount, use code 'YTHD' when applying online or by post.

Association of British Choral Directors members (ABCD): 25% on joining

Any new member group which includes an abcd member receives a 25% discount of their first year of membership. 

To find out how to receive this discount contact us  

Members of affiliated organisations

We also offer joining and renewal discounts for members of certain affiliated organisations. The amounts vary and can be found in the table below along with the relevant code. 

Organisation Joining discount Renewal discount Discount code
Sing Ireland 15% 10% SIRJ15

Welsh Association Of Male Choirs

15% 10% WAMC21
Brass Bands Wales 15% 10% BPCBBW21
Member of BMG 10% 10% BMG
Dementia Inclusive Singing Network 25% 25% DISN
Member of Handbell Ringers Great Britain 10% 10% HRGB



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