Updates on the ongoing fight to preserve music library services across the country, including Somerset, Nottingham and Leicester, Birmingham, Bristol, Ealing, Manchester and Buckinghamshire. Let us know if your local music library is under threat.
We had an interesting query from a member last week about using our Music Exchange. The query related to the legal issue surrounding the lending and borrowing of music. As we are sure many of you will know this can be a tricky subject, so we thought a reminder about the Music Exchange service and how it works would be a good idea.
An update from Barbara on music library consultations, how to get involved and the future.
We are pleased to announce that Making Music members now have access to the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) model contract for use when engaging with professional musicians. The contract will help put you on sure footing when engaging with professional musicians and give both you and the musician confidence in the arrangement.
What changes introduced recently by the Charity Commission will affect amateur music groups: SORPs, annual returns and more.
We are delighted to tell you that our commission of a new choral work from one of the most popular composers of choral music, Jonathan Dove, funded by the Nicholas Berwin Charitable Trust, will be available for programming by Making Music members in the 2015-8 seasons.
S4C have announced Côr Cymru 2015 - the competition with a first prize of £4,000. Wales boasts a long tradition of fine choral singing, and this competition aims to raise the standard even further.
Is your choir looking for a new choral director, or do you know someone wanting to develop their choral leadership skills? abcd (the Association of British Choral Directors) can help.
Audience development is all about going beyond your dedicated fan base of friends and family members, and publicising your concerts to the wider public. One of the best ways to do this is through media relations, as of course your local newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations all have readily available networks of readers and viewers. The question is, how do you turn next month’s concert into this week’s news?
Barbara Eifler reflects on a meeting with former Chairman Jo Churchill OBE.