Overview

COVID-19 resources: Overview

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up huge challenges for choirs, bands, orchestras and all other kinds of music groups, whether that’s staying connected with members, learning how to rehearse online, recording performances, assessing the risks of meeting in person and making sure everyone is safe, all while working out how to protect your finances. So we have created a range of resources to help your group to pick up again and thrive in these uncertain times.

Marketing resources for your group: Overview

Marketing is a broad term and covers a huge range of activities. From researching potential audiences to composing social media posts, choosing your group's 'brand colours' to deciding on ticket prices: these activities all feed into how your group is seen; how potential members, audiences and supporters feel about it; and whether they decide to engage with you.

Increasing your income: Overview

We know one of the biggest worries our members have is the long-term financial health of their group. Even groups who make a surplus each year can have that nagging thought: 'what happens if something goes wrong next year?' More money would mean less worry and more stability, and perhaps more importantly it would mean more opportunities to try new things and ways of enjoying making music.

Starting a music group: Overview

At Making Music we work with over 3,700 music groups around the country so we have a pretty good overview of what’s out there, how running a music group works, and some of the common challenges that groups face today. Even with so many groups already out there we hear from people interested in starting up new groups all the time.

Resources for Music Directors: Overview

Being the music director (MD) of a group is a diverse role with lots to think about from conducting, arranging music and developing the group to leading, inspiring and encouraging cohesive working. We have put together a range of guidance, resources and opportunities that MDs might find useful.

Committee members: Toolkit

The prospect of joining a music group committee for the first time can be daunting, so we've put together some resources to help you feel more confident about your role. Or even if you're well settled on a committee, it's always helpful to have guidance to refer to along the way. 

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Making Music discounts: Overview

We know that many of our member groups operate on a tight budget. Working with our corporate members, we’ve collected more than two dozen discounts, subsidies and offers to help our members save on everything from sheet music to booking artists and making recordings. 

Musical licensing and permissions: Overview 

This guidance covers licensing and permissions with respect to playing and recording music in copyright.

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.