Post date: Monday, 26 July 2021 - 3:42pm

The Creative Lives Awards - formerly the Epic Awards - are an annual celebration of the achievements of voluntary and community-led creativity. These awards are particularly popular among our membership, with many leisure-time music groups having been nominated and won prizes over the years!

Post date: Thursday, 22 July 2021 - 5:37pm

Jen Beardsmore, secretary of Brewood Singers, outlines the steps her group took to make a safe return to in-person music making.

Post date: Wednesday, 21 July 2021 - 1:56pm

Now that the government has lifted the majority of lockdown restrictions, some music groups are starting to think about how to keep going and ensure that their members stay engaged. To help support our member groups with these concerns, we have pulled together a list of some of our relevant services.

Post date: Tuesday, 13 July 2021 - 1:12pm

Following the government announcement on 12 July, England will move to step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July when most restrictions will be lifted. 

As of 13 July, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have not updated their guidance to reflect the move to step 4, however we expect that they will before 19 July. Following Secretary of State Oliver Dowden’s announcement on 6 July, we expect that as of 19 July non-professional music groups will be able to: 

Post date: Monday, 12 July 2021 - 11:54am

All four nations of the UK are starting to open up again after lockdown, each with a different roadmap and timeline. 

Throughout May and June leisure-time music groups can expect to be rehearsing - and even performing - outdoors and in some cases indoors across the UK. However these routes out of lockdown are provisional only, with risk assessments and mitigations attached to each stage.

Making Music’s free coronavirus guidance tool reflects what the latest rules mean for leisure-time music groups in each of the four nations of the UK.

Post date: Tuesday, 6 July 2021 - 4:31pm

As many leisure-time music groups make a long-awaited return to in-person activity, we want you to tell us about your plans and how things are going — from booking your venue right up to the emotions stirred by that first note sung or played!

In 250-450 words, please include:

Post date: Friday, 2 July 2021 - 5:30pm

This consultation by the Home Office on a proposed ‘Martyn’s law’ – named after one of the victims of the Manchester Arena attack – would apply across all four nations of the UK and mean that any venue with a capacity of 100+ would have to assess the risk of terrorist threat in their locality and implement appropriate mitigating measures.

Post date: Friday, 25 June 2021 - 11:52am

Many choirs and singing groups think the new rule of only six singers indoors is unjustified, so Making Music has been working with its partner organisations in Singing Network UK (SNUK) to shape a response to government, and to help all choir singers to play their part in this campaign

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) updated its Performing Arts Guidance with regard to step 3 of the England roadmap on 18 May.

Post date: Friday, 18 June 2021 - 5:07pm

This exciting opportunity — originally scheduled for 2021 — has re-emerged for Making Music's member orchestras, thanks to our membership of the European Orchestra Federation.

Registration for the 12th European Orchestra Festival is now open!

Preliminary info (including schedule, list of workshops and participation conditions) can be found on their new website.

Post date: Thursday, 17 June 2021 - 5:46pm

The government is currently consulting on potential new legislation, the Protect Duty, which is about making publicly accessible buildings, and those who operate them, legally bound to assess and mitigate potential risks from terrorism.

The intention is to make the public realm safer and to prevent tragedies like the Manchester Arena attack. It is therefore intended to help the public feel safer when they attend events or activity in publicly accessible buildings and spaces.