Guidance

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR), part 2: Getting set up

This introduction is the second of three documents on Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR). It gives you an overview of how to set up and run a production company to claim OTR. 

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR), part 1: Is it for you?

This introduction is the first of three documents on Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR). It gives you an overview of what it is and how it works, and an overall idea if this is something your group would like to look into.

To help your decide we also have two additional documents –

Orchestra Tax relief overview: What it is, who can benefit and how we can help

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) is the latest in a line of state aid tax reliefs for the creative industries. OTR incentivises the production of orchestral concerts – and amateur orchestras are specifically referenced in the legislation.

We have extensively researched OTR and believe that it has the potential to be hugely beneficial to instrumental amateur music groups across the UK:

Recommended rates for engaging professional musicians

This agreement, reached between the Musicians' Union and Making Music in 2017, provides guideline minimum rates for groups when engaging freelance professional musicians. We hope that this will provide a simple and effective aid to ensure that members are able to budget for, and professionals able to receive, a fair rate of payment.

We are very pleased to have reached this new agreement with the Musicians' Union which is revolutionary in two ways:

Subsidies for engaging professional artists

In the current economic climate, where arts funding is scarcer than ever, it can be tough for amateur music groups to engage high-quality soloists for their concerts. To help to address this, Making Music runs the following schemes, providing selected professional artists for member groups to engage at specially reduced or subsidised rates.

Increasing your income: Overview

We know one of the biggest worries our members have is the long-term financial health of their group. Even groups who make a surplus each year can have that nagging thought: 'what happens if something goes wrong next year?' More money would mean less worry and more stability, and perhaps more importantly it would mean more opportunities to try new things and enjoying making music.

An introduction to: Brass Bands

Following on from our look at barbershop singing and wind bands, in this article we take a look at the ins and outs of brass banding in the UK. What is a brass band and where did they come from? What is it like to be part of a brass band today? And how can you get involved?

Top tips for social media

Being active on social media can be a great way for your group to grow your audiences, build relationships, recruit new members and learn from other groups, but it takes effort to make the most of it.

In our getting started guide we cover the basics of setting up accounts and creating your first posts. In this resource we'll move on to our top tips for building an engaged audience and spreading your messages as far as possible.

Where to go to list your events online

Online events listings can be a good way to way to reach new and bigger audiences, but you have to be willing to put in time, work, patience and a bit of creativity.

There are many options out there, and we'll outline the main types below. Also, before you venture deep into the web, did you know that you can list your events on the Making Music website?

Listings sites

Hiring music from publishers

Whether you need choral scores or a set of orchestral parts, the procedures outlined below will help to ensure that you receive what you want, when you want it. These guidelines have been developed to help avoid misunderstandings, delays and errors on the part of users and publishers alike.