Publications

Selected Artists Guide

The Selected Artists Guide is created by the Making Music Selected Artists Panel, and lists a selection of outstanding musicians available to Making Music members to book.

Highnotes

In the autumn issue of Highnotes we discuss how to make sure that you include all your members whether you're going back to rehearsing in person or online (or both), how you can join the creative movement Fun Palaces from your home in October, a guide to livestreaming your performances and more.

To download a PDF copy, hover over the Highnotes image below and select 'download PDF' symbol in the top lefthand corner of the window. Or share with your group members by clicking in the top right hand corner.

What are the barriers to joining a choral society?

Many choral societies have told us that they have challenges with attracting new members. While this is definitely not the case for all choral societies, last year Making Music undertook some research to identify what might be the barriers to new members joining choral societies.

The millennial gap: Tips for recruiting younger members

Struggling to recruit younger members? In this guidance, reprinted from the Autumn 2016 issue of Highnotes, Making Music’s Youth Engagement Manager Xenia Davis has some suggestions.

The biggest barrier to young people joining music groups isn’t repertoire, or classical music being perceived as ‘stuffy’, or the age profile of the group.

Exploring music making report

One of the three priorities in our five-year-plan (which we started working to in 2017) is to welcome even more kinds of music groups to become part of the Making Music community. 

With a grant from the Arts Council England, we engaged Fiona Goh to look into this for us, and she delivered her report at the end of 2018. 

Christmas cards from Making Music

Help support Making Music to create more inspiring musical opportunities for people around the UK by buying our musical Christmas cards this year

Making Music annual reports

Find out more about Making Music's journey

Annual report 2018

To download a PDF copy, click the annual report image below and select 'download PDF' in the bottom right-hand corner.

 

2017 Membership Survey: the results

Our 2017 membership survey aimed to find out what members think about Making Music as an organisation, what they think and value about their membership with us and what they think about the specific services, resources and support we offer. It was completed by individuals representing 20% of our members groups – a big thank you to all of them.

Making Music, Making Communities - Report

View the full results and analysis of Professor Stephanie Pitts' survey of Making Music member groups and their connections with local communities.

This report is the result of a substantial pilot study Professor Stephanie Pitts has undertaken which begins to give us a clearly evidenced picture of what we think is the very significant social and economic impact of music groups on their communities. We very much hope this will lead to a more extensive piece of research as we continue to pursue these important questions together.

Survey Results: Young People and Participation in Amateur Music Groups

Research published today by Making Music sheds new light on the obstacles amateur music groups face when attracting younger members.