Guidance

Top tips for treasurers

While a group’s committee or trustees are jointly responsible for managing a group’s resources responsibly, the position of treasurer in an amateur music group is an important one – they are the person who receives money and makes payment on behalf of the group, and keeps an eye on the bank balance to make sure that the group remains solvent.

Planning online activity

Whether your group has done online activities before or are just starting now, we have produced some template documents to help you plan a programme of online activities. They include resource planners, an overview plan and detailed plans for each week.

Webinar: Navigating government guidance for amateur music groups

On 24 October, the Association of British Choral Directors, the ISM and Making Music joined forces to lead a panel session exclusively for their members which covers the guidance for the performing arts, worship, community venues and youth across the four nations.

Case study: Putting on a COVID-secure performance - Witney Music Society

We hear from groups about how they have managed to put on risk-assessed, COVID-secure performances for their audiences.

Running a general meeting

Many leisure-time music groups are required to hold a general meeting (AGM, SGM, or EGM) under the terms of their governing document. This resource looks at what these meetings are for and how they are run, including holding them online.

The minimum requirement for many groups is usually an Annual General Meeting (AGM), a yearly meeting at which members together will:

Video guide: Video editing for virtual performances

It's one of the most well-known pieces of editing software, but how exactly do you use Shotcut? In this easy-to-follow video guide you'll see the main features in action as we walk through the full process of editing a virtual performance using the free software

Combining online and in-person rehearsals

Now that your group can once again meet in person, it’s important to continue thinking about including all your members. Some of your members will be raring to get back to face-to-face rehearsals and concerts. Some, however, might not be able to attend, or might be struggling with technology, and these challenges could result in them feeling left out and excluded from your group.

Making Music Platform Project Plan (Full website users)

Making Music has created a project plan to provide a bite-sized approach to building and designing your Platform. As each group is different, this is by no means a rigid plan but aims to provide structure, timeframe, and a clearer understanding of who is responsible for each part of the process. This plan should be used by groups with the full website and not those who are using the members area only.