Guidance

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.

Use our Charity Registration Service

Our Charity Registration Service is designed to make the process of registering as a charity as simple as possible. Find out how we can help you.

How-to guides for using the website

We've put together some How-To guides for key tools on the website, including managing your group's members via the Contact Manager, adding events and vacancies and changing your personal preferences and saved pages.

Performing Rights (PRS) FAQs

If you are putting on a public performance of music you may have to pay royalty fees. It is important that you understand what you obligations are and that you are paying any fees where necessary.

The power of practice

No one can really just pick up an instrument and play it perfectly but we know how hard it can be to find time to dedicate to practice. Below we explore a few different ways to practise and ideas on how to make your practice more enjoyable and effective in general.

Top tips for learning scales

Scales strike fear into the heart of many musicians. Here we hope to give you a little bit of insight into why they are so important and how you can make them a lot more fun to learn.

How to choose a teacher

Finding a teacher can be a daunting task. Finding the right instrumental or vocal teacher is not simply a case of choosing the person nearest to you with the most qualifications; you need to find someone you get on with, someone you trust to help you achieve your as yet un-explored potential.

Taking a Grade 1 exam? Find out what to expect

Don't worry - an instrument exam is about having a positive, supportive experience whilst achieving a milestone in your learning.

Learn to Play Day - Q and As

Learn To Play Day is a national event to inspire new and lapsed musicians to take up playing an instrument. Find out what it's all about and how your group can get get involved to grow your members and audiences.