Guidance

Running a tour, part 2: making plans

To help you in the adventure that is planning, organising and running a tour we’ve written three resources covering some of the key areas.

Going on tour, part 3: while you’re away

This is Part 3 our tour guidance: whilst you’re away. You’ve done all the preparation and careful planning, and all the right people and passports are in the right place at the right time; now it’s time to actually go, and make the trip itself as enjoyable as possible for everyone.

A how-to guide for being an event-managing master

Putting on concerts is the highlight of being in a leisure-time music group. It’s the culmination of all your hard work in rehearsals and a chance to show the world what you can do, not to mention a source of income. A well organised and professionally run event can help make the experience for the group and the audience memorable – and ensure they come back.

Child Licensing - what you need to know

Many of you are increasingly facing problems with your local authorities on child licensing. In recognition of the fact that interpretation of the law is so different between councils, the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) has now published guidance which should hopefully lead to a little more consistency.

There are three reasons why this is important:

Top tips for arranging pieces for amateur ensembles

Making Music volunteer Martin Jones – an experienced composer and arranger of music for amateur ensembles – gives us his top tips for success.

Ticketing case study: Sidmouth Concert Society pricing strategy reverses membership decline

Stephen Huyshe-Shires of promoting member group Sidmouth Concert Society explains how they reversed a decline in membership by investigating the cause and adjusting ticketing options to address the key problem.

Top tips for Treasurers

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.

Performing rights (PRS) royalties tariff: 1 Nov 2016 – 31 Oct 2017

The tariff to be used by Making Music members when paying performing rights royalties to PRS when renewing membership for 2018.

What fees do groups pay for professional musicians? Full survey results.

Making Music is frequently asked by members how much others pay the various kinds of professional musicians they engage. The results of this survey provide some useful indications.

What fees do groups pay for professional musicians? Survey summary tables.

This page summarises some of the results from our survey in January 2016, and then gives full findings on each type of musician, including average, lowest and highest fees, and ranges.