Guidance

What to do if there is a Covid case reported at your rehearsals

A key focus of a Covid risk assessment is to ensure people who have Covid do not attend your rehearsals. However, an individual can pass the virus on from two days before symptoms show. So even with thorough testing, individuals can inadvertently bring the virus to a rehearsal. If this happens, it is good to have a clear plan of what you will do.

The most important part of this plan will be making sure members tell you know if they do develop symptoms or test positive after a rehearsal.

Risk assessment for COVID secure rehearsals

After more than a year of constantly changing regulations in all four nations of the UK, we have rewritten this guide and brought it in line with the guidance and thinking on Covid-19 transmission risks, and how to mitigate against them.

Previously all four UK nations issued sector specific guidance for the arts. These have been replaced and groups should now follow the more general guidance for their specific nation. These are:

Risk assessment for COVID secure performances

After more than a year of constantly changing regulations in all four nations of the UK, we have rewritten this guide and brought it in line with the newest reduced restrictions and guidance, and also the latest thinking on Covid-19 transmission risks and how to mitigate against them.

Previously all four UK nations issued sector specific guidance for the arts. These have now been replaced and groups should now follow the more general guidance for their specific nation. These are:

Webinar recording: livestreaming using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

With many groups now expanding their activities to include livestreamed rehearsals and performances, groups are starting to think about how they can make the end product look more professional. In this webinar, we take a look at Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) – a free piece of software that will allow you to add visual effects such as logos and overlays to your livestream, making it even more professional in quality.

The webinar covers:

Webinar recording: Ventilation - how can it help manage the risk of Covid transmission?

In this recording of our guest speaker webinar (original event 19 November 2021), a panel of guest speakers look at ventilation and its role in mitigating the risk of Covid-19 transmission via aerosols in enclosed spaces.

We welcome:

Making Music model constitution



The constitution will put your music group on solid footing in terms of charity structure, regulation and governance and will be hugely valuable in helping you run your group as well as helping to ensure your registration with the Charity Commission is fast tracked. This guidance explains more about what a constitution is and explains why and how you should use our model constitution, including some notes on creating a separate rules and regulation document to go alongside it.

Model constitution: October 2021 updates

Making Music published a model constitution with the Charity Commission for England and Wales in 2015. We reviewed and updated the constitution in October 2021, with Charity Commission and OSCR approval.

This resource is for groups that are currently using the 2015 version of our model constitution and want to find out about the October 2021 changes. It explains what has changed and the options if they would like to make the same changes. The updated constitution can also be downloaded at the bottom of the page

Climate change: how music groups can get involved

Making Music’s first climate change network event took place on 8 October 2021, which brought together leisure-time music groups with musicians and campaigners to talk about what we can do to tackle climate change.

It was a successful exchange of ideas and inspiration, and we will be following it up with termly network meetings online. We have created this open resource page to collect ideas, links and useful information. 

Webinar recording: Climate emergency - what can music groups do?

In this recording of our guest speaker webinar (original event 8 October 2021), we look at the climate emergency and what music groups can do about it.

We welcome Ben See (composer and choir leader), Chris Hutchings (Choirs for Climate), Alison Burnley (Oi Musica) and Nina Vinther (singer and climate campaigner)

Topics covered include: 

  • Practical measures music groups can implement

  • The impact of group action, and the ripple effect

  • How to use music and repertoire to communicate with a wider public

Copyright, licensing and permissions - Part 6: Live music online

When your group decides to perform a piece of music, there will be copyright laws, permissions and licences to be aware of. Part 6 of our guidance looks at how this applies to live or ‘as live’ online performances. For more information on what copyright is, see Part one: What is Copyright?