Guidance

Copyright, licensing and permissions - Part 5: Recording and distributing music

When your group decides to perform a piece of music there will be copyright laws, permissions and licenses to be aware of. Part 5 of our guidance looks at how that applies to making and using a recording of the music you perform. 

There are three different copyrights to be aware of for a piece of music.

An introduction to: Indian classical music

What is Indian classical music and how is it different to Bollywood or Indian folk music? What are all the different instruments used and where can you go to try listening to it or playing it yourself? Seetal Kaur of member group, the Sitar Music Society, gives us an overview.

Website health check – is your website in shape?

Your group's website may have been up and running for some time, or maybe you're looking at creating a new website. Either way it's always a good idea to step back and see whether it's still working well. Here are a few pointers from our youth volunteers to think about.

Social media content: the rule of thirds

Our youth volunteers have been taking a look at member groups' social media to see how they measure up when it comes to engaging young people. Here are some tips they passed on to us that you might find useful.

Posting on social media can be overwhelming. What to post, when, how often, how much of other people's content should you engage with? A simple tactic to keep you on track is to follow the rule of thirds: promote, share, interact. After all, three is the magic number! 

Ten tips for connecting with your community

Your local community is your biggest and best source of new contacts, whether that’s members, audience, sponsors or funders, patrons, volunteers or just general supporters. Many of our most successful groups are those who have a strong engagement with the people living and working in the surrounding area. But how do you build these relationships?

The role of the chair

The role of your group’s committee or management team (or whatever term you use to describe the group of people who volunteer their time to run your group) is to organise and facilitate the activities of the group, whilst supporting and protecting the reputation of the group and ensuring that legal responsibilities are met.  The role of the chair within this, is to oversee the work of the committee and the everyday activities of the group to ensure that these aims are achieved.

Measuring your impact

Demonstrating that music-making has an impact seems to be a much talked-about topic these days. Whether that’s to do with increasing audience size,  attracting new members to your group, having a greater profile in the community or undertaking outreach activities, it can feel as if producing numbers and evidence to show impact is a growing (and possibly unwelcome) additional demand on a leisure-time music group’s time. Indeed, if you have secured some funding, reporting on impact is often a standard requirement.

GDPR: Data Protection Toolkit

Since May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have been in force, replacing the old Data Protection Act. The new regulations apply to all types of organisations – including small charities and leisure time music groups. This toolkit brings together guidance, tools and resources for groups.

GDPR: What you need to know

An overview of GDPR - the background, what is changing, what you need to do to prepare and why Brexit won't change the outcome.

PRS overview

If you’re putting on a public performance of music in copyright you’ll probably need to pay royalty fees, sometimes called PRS fees. It can be a complicated area but it’s important that you understand your obligations and pay fees where necessary.  We have lots of resources listed below that will guide you through, explain how it all works, and tell you what you need to do. 

Youth engagement resources

Many music groups tell us they find it challenging to attract younger members. With the help of a generous legacy from lifelong choral singer Pauline Thompson, we have been able to compile a bank of resources aimed at helping you to reach out to under-35 year olds.

We'll continue to add to these resources, but in the meantime if you think we're missing something that would be helpful for groups like yours, or if you have any questions,  just get in touch