Resource: guide to commissioning

Has your group thought about commissioning new music?

Commissioning and performing new music is vital in keeping the voluntary music community thriving. It brings enthusiasm and energy to groups, offers new experiences and skills to group members and helps create interesting and fresh programming for audiences.

It can seem like a daunting project to embark on – but it doesn’t have to be – with good planning and preparation it should be a hugely enjoyable and valuable journey to go on.

To help get you started our New Music Group has very kindly put together a new step by step guide on how to commission new music. You can access the guide in our Resources library. The guide will help remove some of the fear factor and break down the key things you need to think about, from starting the process to ensuring the piece you create lives on.

We also have two further related resources to help:

Composers talking – this is guidance chiefly written for composers looking to work with voluntary groups – but is well worth a read if you are thinking about a commission.

BASCA commissioning contract – our members have access this model contract which will ensure you are on solid footing when it comes to the nitty gritty of contracts

If you are thinking about commissioning a new piece, or if you have already started, please get in touch to let us know – we might be able to offer some advice and with publicising your premier and promoting your piece for further programming.

Adopt a Composer

If you feel you are not quite ready to go it alone with a new commission you could always apply for our Adopt a Composer scheme. The scheme matches groups with up and coming composers for one year to create a new piece of music. It is fully funded and groups/composers are assigned a mentor, as well as receiving lots of support from Making Music. This year’s applications close on Friday 12 June – find out more about Adopt a Composer here.