Recording audio at home

This step-by-step guide will help you achieve great results with everyday equipment to record your voice or instrument

1. Choose your location

This will have a huge impact on your recording's quality and it's worth considering...

Planning for the future: finance

Covid-19 has thrown a lot of musical activity up in the air, and people will be looking to chairs and treasurers for guidance and reassurance about group finances. That doesn’t mean that you have to have all the answers. But before you communicate any information: be confident about what you do know and clear about what you cannot know at this time, and this will help to inspire confidence in your members.

Making the most of online rehearsals

With routine rehearsals on hold during the Covid-19 outbreak, we present some tried and tested ideas to make sure your members keep practising, being inspired and staying engaged with your group.

The speed and enthusiasm with which many of our member have moved their musical activity online is hugely impressive. 

COVID-19: keeping your group running

The cancellation of events and regular music activities for our members is causing extra work, new worries and some uncharted waters to navigate. Our Coronavirus blog gives an overview of the things you need to consider in the light of COVID-19, and this page provides more detail on how to handle cancelled activities and keep your group moving in these unprecedented times.

Helping others get online

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us who are fluent in the language of technology take it for granted that we can still carry out much of our daily lives through the internet, from banking to food shopping, to meeting our friends and making music together. But there are many people who would like to do this and have no idea how to get online.

Perhaps they have never had the need to go online before and don’t want to ask. Maybe they have even tried before and failed to join in and are too embarrassed to say so.

Staying safe online

As more people venture online during the Coronavirus lockdown, staying safe is more important than ever.  

Unfortunately, just as in the real world, there are criminals online that are trying to make money. They do this by: 

Guide to livestreaming

A livestream performance is one that is broadcast live over the internet, offering a digital route to audiences as an alternative to in-person performances. 

We know that leisure-time music groups across the UK are facing unprecedented challenges to their activities. So this month, we are offering free access to some of our resources to help groups stay connected musically and socially.

Online donation platforms

When fundraising for your group, there are lots of websites that you can use to take and manage your donations.

With most online donation platforms you can create a page for your group, where you can tell your story about who you are and what you are fundraising for, as well as add images and branding. You can then point people to this page where they make their online donation.

Stay in touch with members and audiences (performing groups)

We know that many of our performing groups feel like a family or close friendship group, and their members will be missing their weekly meet-ups and often various additional social occasions, too, which so many groups organise.

Furthermore, some groups will have a loyal audience who will be missing their regular dose of live music, and meeting their friends and group members at concerts, whilst lockdown is on.

Stay in touch with members and audiences (promoting groups)

We know that many of our promoters have a core, loyal audience - many of them their subscribers/members - who will be missing their regular dose of live music, and of meeting their friends at concerts, whilst lockdown is on.

But there are ways that you can keep in touch with them and your wider audience, to let them know that you haven’t forgotten about them and encourage them to come back when all this is over. You could even use this unwelcome and unpleasant situation to start building a new audience too.