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Post date: Monday, 10 August 2020 - 10:00am

Hugh Elder introduces his offer of pro bono mediation to help Making Music members resolve COVID-19 related issues

My name is Hugh Elder and I’m an enthusiastic amateur choral singer, and like the rest of us, I'm missing singing and hearing live music. I’m also an accredited mediator, trained to help people to resolve their disputes by facilitated dialogue rather than court proceedings and to find a solution with which they can live. 

Post date: Thursday, 6 August 2020 - 3:25pm

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for our new Making Music Awards, which will form part of an online celebratory evening of musical creativity on Tuesday 8 September.

The awards celebrate leisure-time music groups and their activity, and the often unrecognised talent which helps the sector to flourish across the UK.

Post date: Tuesday, 28 July 2020 - 12:20pm

Following their second Adopt a Composer workshop, the project with Rob Jones and the Edge Chamber Choir was halted due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Both reflect on the unprecedented circumstances and what lies ahead.

Edmund Handy, Assistant Conductor and First Bass:

Post date: Wednesday, 22 July 2020 - 4:05pm

New Corporate Member Polyphony Arts introduce their bespoke services supporting musicians and music organisations

Polyphony Arts is an innovative organisation offering classical music artist and project management. We provide support to musicians and music organisations through business management and strategic planning. 

Post date: Monday, 20 July 2020 - 11:20am

The latest DCMS guidance has put paid to Barbara Eifler's brass band's preparations for life in the 'new normal'. She tells us more.

Post date: Tuesday, 14 July 2020 - 4:14pm

The UK government guidance on reopening the performing arts published on 9 July has caused widespread disappointment, so we are now giving you the tools to make your views heard.

The guidance prohibits amateur groups or groups with amateur participants – unlike professionals – to play or sing together, except in the numbers of people currently allowed to meet in public. 

Post date: Friday, 10 July 2020 - 1:27pm

The long-awaited guidance to cover the first three stages of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) ‘road map’ announced last week to the re-opening of the performing arts has now been published.

The stages covered by this guidance are:

Stage One - Rehearsal and training (no audiences); 

Stage Two - Performances for broadcast and recording purposes; 

Post date: Friday, 3 July 2020 - 3:11pm

We share the significant concern that an extended ban on amateur music making is being considered, and have put our name to this open letter, along with Fulham Symphony Orchestra and 190 others, sent to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden MP today

Dear Mr Dowden,

Create a route back to making music again

Post date: Tuesday, 30 June 2020 - 12:36pm

As a trustee of the Music Libraries Trust, Making Music’s Chief Executive has been working with fellow trustees to commission research into the use of music libraries.

Below we share a message from Music Libraries Trust Chair Sally Groves MBE, asking for your help.

Please complete the music library user survey by 9am on Monday 3 August.

Post date: Monday, 29 June 2020 - 4:18pm

As the lockdown set in, new Making Music member group Aberdeen & North East of Scotland Music Festival Association decided to move their annual music competition online. Janette Hall, Festival Director, tells us more.