Guidance

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:

Creating a strategic plan

Running a leisure-time music group can be time-consuming. With so many things to do, sometimes you can get bogged down in the small details and immediate issues and forget to look at the bigger picture. Creating a strategic plan will not only help you to do this but will also provide a framework for dealing with those day-to-day details, helping you to run your group smoothly and efficiently.

What are the key elements of a strategic plan?

Succession planning

What is succession planning?

It is the process of preparing for someone to take over a role from another person, in order to make the transition as smooth as possible, as well as having a plan for emergency cover should any role suddenly become vacant or temporarily lapsed. There are three key aspects to succession planning:

Councillor Funds index

Many local councils have funding available for individual counsellors to allocate to projects and community organisations in their area. Exactly how the funding is used from one council to the next does vary, but common themes are: 
 
Helping local organisations to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in the area 
Encouraging the development of, and active participation in, community activities
 

GDPR: Privacy notices and statements

A key part of your responsibilities under GDPR is to provide easily-understandable and accessible information to individuals at the point at which you are collecting their data - these are called privacy statements.

Data retention: what you need to know

This guidance looks at data retention in relation to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  You can find out more about GDPR in our GDPR toolkit, including a template Data Protection and Retention Policy. 

Data Protection Policy template - notes

We have developed a template Data Protection and Retention policy for use by our member groups. It has been designed in line with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and can be used as it is - with just your specific details (e.g. group name) added in, or taken as a starting point with changes made to suit your specific activities and circumstance.

An introduction to: Pipe and Tabor

In the latest in our 'An introduction to...' series that explores different types of music making we take at the long history of a unique instrumental tradition - Pipe and Tabor.

10 ways selling tickets online can help your group - and how to pick the right platform

If you spend a lot of time managing event bookings via phone and email instead of organising other areas of your events, then using an online ticketing service might be just want you need.

Ticketing websites have never been more user-friendly and they can help your group save time, money, and sell more tickets. The initial setup can be slightly time-consuming but once you are up and running, the positives far outweigh the negatives…

GDPR interactive guidance tool

This audit tool is part of our GDPR toolkit. It is intended to help you think about the questions you need to ask about the data your group holds, asks for and uses, to help you prepare for GDPR.

How to use the audit tool

GDPR is a meaty topic with lots of information, not all of which will be relevant to you. This tool is designed to help you filter the information to what is relevant for your group.