Post date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021 - 12:31pm

PRS is currently calling for views on how paid-for online live concerts should be licensed. This consultation will be of interest to those who have done or are considering doing such concerts.

Post date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021 - 1:58pm

A round-up of the changes you might need to make if your group is a charity that meets online, and Gift Aid rules around non-refunded cancelled ticket fees.

Updating governing documents to cover online meetings 

There can scarcely be a charity that hasn't had an online trustee or general meeting in the last year. While online rehearsals will fade away once they are no longer needed, online meetings look here to stay. 

Post date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021 - 1:16pm

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of Britain’s most important composers and one of the great symphonists of the 20th century. The Ralph Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust tell us how leisure-time music groups can be part of the celebrations.

Composer of such popular favourites as The Lark Ascending and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, which define an unmistakably British sound, Vaughan Williams’ extraordinary impact on British music cannot be underestimated.

Post date: Monday, 22 February 2021 - 12:06pm

Many Making Music members recently took part in a nationwide survey of music library service users, carried out by Dr Michael Bonshor (University of Sheffield), which was circulated alongside a survey of music library staff. The survey was designed to find out how music libraries are being used, and to explore ways in which library services could be developed in future. 

Post date: Tuesday, 16 February 2021 - 1:59pm

In Côr Meibion Mynwy (Monmouth Male Voice Choir)’s first blog of Adopt a Music Creator 2020/21, music sub-committee chair Peter Watts outlines how his group’s collaboration with Eloise Gynn is taking shape. 

Post date: Monday, 15 February 2021 - 2:00pm

New corporate member ABRSM introduce their Performance Grades, which bring the essential skills of communication, interpretation and storytelling to a regulated qualification.

Performance Grades are 100% assessed from recordings that you submit, so performances can take place at home, at school or in a community setting – perfect for all ages with the freedom to choose where to record and with whom, offering flexibility and accessibility.

Post date: Thursday, 28 January 2021 - 1:16pm

Believe in Music Week (18-22 Jan 21) was the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) online version of their usual full on, in-person trade show in Anaheim California.

Post date: Monday, 25 January 2021 - 9:00am

Thomas Barlow-Coxon, founder and director of Newcastle-under-Lyme Community Orchestra, provides an insight into the early days of his group's Adopt a Music Creator 2020/21 partnership with Charlotte Marlow.

Post date: Friday, 22 January 2021 - 11:53am

Been there, done that, got the T-shirt… or that’s what you think.

Since March 2020, if you’re in a music group, like me you have probably sung into a silent microphone on Zoom, recorded yourself playing into your mobile, whilst connected by earplug to a different device for the backing track, tried to get the lighting in your living room to make you look less bleached out/zombie-like/barely discernible in the shadows, and despaired at ever getting one whole take of 'Bring Me Sunshine' without mistake. Right?

Post date: Sunday, 17 January 2021 - 12:40pm

At Making Music, we have part furloughed the staff team from 18 January to 31 March, reducing staff capacity during that period by about one third.

After we took that decision and started telling people about it, I found out that many other organisations had been or are doing this – but they are not going public about it.

Why not, I wondered?