Guidance

Equality and diversity - what should we be doing?

By promoting equality and diversity within your group you can ensure that all those involved feel valued and heard, and able to contribute to its overall success.

How to create an equal opportunities policy

This Briefing explains how to go about developing your policy and outlines the areas you may need to consider.

Events checklist – disability and access

This briefing, produced by Voluntary Arts, includes a simple checklist which we think covers the most important issues surrounding disability for voluntary arts events.

Top tips for planning a 'Fantastic for Families Event'

Fantastic for Families is a year-round arts listings website and national promotional campaign to families, run by the Family Arts Campaign. It provides an easy way for groups to communicate their commitment to families and connect with new family audiences, with targeted event feeds to a wider range of third-party partners including the likes of Netmums Local, Hoop and many more.

DBS FAQs

Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently on safeguarding.

Should your group be a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)?

The SCIO is a legal structure for registered charities in Scotland. It provides limited liability and separate legal identity to organisations which do not wish to incorporate fully. This guidance outlines the benefits and obligations of becoming or converting to an SCIO

Setting your group up as a charity

We can help advise music groups on establishing charitable status. There are advantages to gaining charitable status and also some consequences to be aware of that are covered in this guidance.

Marketing your events – a step-by-step guide

You’ve picked a date, booked a venue, agreed on a programme, and now it’s time to get cracking with ticket sales. Thisguidance will lead you through a set of steps to help you effectively market your events. Whilst the guide focuses on concerts, the ideas will apply to other activities, such as membership recruitment, a workshop or a fundraising event.

Criminal record checks in Scotland

Criminal record checks in Scotland are managed by Disclosure Scotland and involve a different process to that in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

How to get Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks via Making Music

Whether or not your organisation is a member of Making Music you can apply through us to have employees or volunteers checked, with members paying a lower fee.