Barbara Eifler appointed Making Music Executive Director

Released on 8 November 2013

Followng the recent departure of Robin Osterley, Making Music has named Barbara Eifler as its Executive Director.

Barbara has extensive experience of running arts membership organisations, including the Stage Management Association, of which she was Executive Director for 12 years. She joined Making Music as Head of Membership in February 2012. An amateur musician herself, and with 25 years of experience in arts-related charities, Barbara is well versed in the issues facing voluntary musicians and music groups.

I’m thrilled to have been entrusted with the task of carrying forward Making Music’s important work supporting its members and promoting the voluntary music sector. There is an increased appetite for participatory music making amongst individuals and communities, and Making Music has an important role to play in facilitating such music making with appropriate services and in ensuring policy makers recognise the benefits and needs of this community activity.

Barbara Eifler, Making Music Executive Director

During Robin Osterley’s tenure as Chief Executive, the membership of Making Music has grown significantly to its current number of 3,000 music groups, and a highly professional organisation is now in place. The Trustees of Making Music are keen to build upon this strong foundation, and we are confident that we have the right leaders and professionals to develop and grow music making across the UK.

Peter Lawson, Making Music Chair


For more information contact George Acock, Press and Publications Manager.

Making Music, 8 Holyrood Street, London, SE1 2EL.

020 7939 6030

Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies

A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales no. 308632

Registered Charity in England and Wales no. 249219 and in Scotland no. SC038849

Notes to editors:

Making Music has been the UK’s leading organisation for voluntary music since 1935. We thrive on encouraging all kinds of music groups and individuals to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural music scene. Our 3,000 members include choirs, orchestras, music promoters, jazz and wind bands, community festivals, samba groups, sitar ensembles, barbershop choruses and brass bands. They come to us for the expert help they need to set up, run and develop music groups in their communities. We’re here to help everyone flourish in their music making.


Download our logo or our membership badges for use on your promotional materials, to help you show that you’re part of Making Music’s network supporting and championing leisure-time music. You can also download adverts and images for your programmes, social media channels and newsletters to help spread the word about leisure-time music making.

Download press resources
Download our logos and guidelines to use them to promote our work to your audiences.
Download press resources
Show you're proud to be part of Making Music by using our membership badges on your programmes, leaflets and elsewhere.
Download press resources
Why not help us to reach new members and audiences by including our adverts in your programmes, magazines or newsletters.
Download press resources
Use our campaign images, specially designed for partners and supporters to show support on your social media channels.