Making Music Virtual Concerts

At Making Music we want to celebrate the wonderful breadth and variety of music that our member groups perform by broadcasting it to the world – so we are delighted to be launching our virtual concert series!

Our member groups have had to cancel rehearsals and performances due to COVID-19. However, in homes all over the country the leisure-time music scene is still thriving through people keeping in touch online socially or managing to find a way to rehearse and perform digitally. 

But many members are concerned that a long gap will make it increasingly hard to sustain the momentum of their group. So Making Music would like to celebrate what you do on a wider platform and offer you something to work towards with your group – which could also be a chance to reach new audiences and members for the future. 

Starting from Tuesday 26 May, the fortnightly virtual concerts will feature video and/or audio recordings of groups playing or singing,  including an introduction to each group/piece, linked each time by one of our Board members. We will show as many recordings as we can during the course of the series, currently planned to run from May to September 2020.

To submit a recording for one of the virtual concerts, please read the information below and follow the instructions carefully.  

Deadlines for submission

All submissions need to be sent to us by 9am on the following dates:

Wednesday 5 August
Wednesday 19 August

Submitting a recording to the Virtual Concert series

Do we need to send a video recording, or is just audio OK?   

Ideally we would like a video recording with audio, but if you just have an audio recording that's fine. If you can send some photos too, we can add them together with the audio recording.  

Can you do any editing for us? 

Unfortunately, we don't have the capacity to do that for so many groups. Anything you submit has to be complete and ready to go. However, we will be providing resources shortly on helping you to create your own submissions (sound and video) and we will also be looking to link you up, where needed, with local colleges and sound engineers.

Does the recording have to be from during the lockdown period? 

No, not necessarily. We know that lots of groups have been producing content during lockdown and we are keen to show this to the world. However, if you don't have anything new, but do have some great older stuff, then please do send it over. 

How long should it be? 
We think 3 to 5 minutes is a good length but will accept anything up to 9 minutes. Anything longer than 5 minutes may need to be edited.  

What are the technical specifications for the video?    
If you have a completed video ready to go it doesn't matter what the technical specifications are. Please send it over and we will try and our best to make it work. If you are making a new recording, the ideal tech specs are:

  • Video resolution: 1080p or 4k
  • Video frame rate: 30fps (frames per second)
  • File format: .mov or .mp4
  • Audio sample rate: 48kHz
  • Audio bit depth: 24-bits
  • Audio channels: Stereo
  • File format: .wav

If you record using smartphones, they may well be set by default to 1080p/4k resolution, 30fps and 48kHz audio already. But, if you can, it's worth checking your settings before recording.

These are ideal specs, but not required, so don't be put off if you can't meet them.  

Will our submission definitely be included? 

We will show as many submissions as we can, but we can't promise we will be able to include all of them. We will pick submissions that show the breadth and depth of our membership in terms of locations and genre. The technical quality of the recordings will also have to be a consideration. If your submission isn't included one week, it doesn’t mean you won't be another time. 

Will you tell us if we are included? 
Yes, we will contact the person who submitted the files. We won't be able to contact groups who are not included. 

Do we need to introduce our piece? 
You don't have to - but it's a good chance to tell everyone about what you do.

What should we include in the introduction?

It's up to you, but the idea is to introduce your group and piece. Consider mentioning:  

  • who you are
  • where you are in the UK
  • why you've chosen the piece/what it means to your group 
  • if you're rehearsing remotely, how you're managing to do this
  • the social side of making music during lockdown
  • any upcoming online events you're doing.

How long should the introduction be? 

Brevity is best - 1m 30s minutes is the absolute maximum. 

Can we brand the video/recording and promote ourselves? 

Of course. Where possible please avoid including any text (e.g. name of piece, group name, website, etc.) on your video before submission. We will ask for for all this information when you complete our submission form and add it to your video for you.

You can also send us your logo (see details of how to name these files for uploading below). 

When will the virtual concerts be broadcast?

The concerts will be broadcast at 7pm on the following dates on our Youtube Channel:

26 May
9 June
23 June
7 July
21 July
4 August
25 August
29 September

How and when do we submit?     

Click on the relevant link below. This will take you to a short form on our website where we will ask for a few details. If you are ready to send files now, you will be asked to upload your files to DropBox (you don't need to have a DropBox account to do this). If you are submitting files later, you will get an email with details for the DropBox. You can also simply choose to register interest for now.

Please make sure that the file names are in a certain format before you upload them (for recordings, logos, photos etc). These formats will be provided again at the point of submission as well.  

For vocal pieces: 

Video/audio file = V_groupname_nameofpiece
Intro = V_groupname_nameofpiece_’intro'_nameandroleofintroducer
Logos = V_groupname_logo
Photos = V_groupname_photos 
(to accompany audio only tracks) 

For instrumental pieces:

Video/audio file = I_groupname_nameofpiece
Intro = I_groupname_nameofpiece_’intro'_nameandroleofintroducer
Logos = I_groupname_logo
Photos = I_groupname_photos 
(to accompany audio only tracks)
 
If you are ready to submit a recording/video, click on the link below to fill in the form and submit your files.

SUBMIT NOW

If you want to submit a recording/video but aren't quite ready yet, click on the link below and fill in the form to register.

REGISTER NOW