Social prescribing resources for music groups

What is social prescribing and how can your music group benefit from it?

Social prescribing is part of the relatively new NHS personalised care programme and a way for GPs and local agencies to refer people to a link worker, who takes a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. They then connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support.

Covid-19: Can my group get back to in-person activities?

Official Covid guidance is changing in all four nations of the UK as covid restrictions are being removed. 

Whether you're a choir, band, orchestra or other kind of music group the tool below will help understand what’s changing and what you need to do to keep making and presenting music safely.

The situation might still change over time, so please always check the latest official guidance before making and implementing any plans.

First published 13 July 2020

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Musica International - the choral music database

Making Music is a member of Musica, an international project to create the world’s largest database of choral music. Through this arrangement, all our members have access to the database too. 

Musica has a powerful search tool and holds an incredible amount of detail, including information on over 200,000 pieces of choral music and biographies of over 33,000 composers.

Whether you are looking for programming inspiration, teaching resources or just browsing for fun, Musica is invaluable for anyone with an interest in choral music.

Website Health Check – is yours in shape?

Ever wonder how you could enhance your group's online presence? Can't remember the last time your website received a good spring-clean? Never fear, our brand new Website Health Check is here!

An exciting new tool specially developed for member groups, our Health Check is designed to help you find out if you are making the most of your group's site, or whether it can be improved. The tool also assesses how effective your group’s website may be in helping you to recruit new members.

How to use the Return to Rehearsal survey

As you think about if – and how – your group should get back to rehearsing in person, your members' views are paramount to the decision-making process. 

A survey is a great way to understand how your members feel about returning, and to gauge the mood of your group. To help you with this we have developed an online survey that you can send to your members. 

PRS Self-assessment tool

As part of your membership with Making Music, depending on whether you have a licence and where you performed, you might be able to pay PRS fees through us. Even if you don’t need to pay through us, you still need to make a declaration. Use this page to help you decide what you need to do.

We are currently collecting PRS fees for performances that took place between 1 November 2020 and 31 October 2021

Making Music Platform

An all-in-one online admin tool and website to help you run your group. Manage your members, plan your activities, take card payments, promote events and much more - everything you need in one place. 

    How to make the most of your Making Music account

    We've put together some guides on how to maximise the use of your Making Music account, including how to manage your group via Manage My Group, advertise events and vacancies, and change your personal mailing preferences and saved pages.

    How to update your group contacts
    This explains how you can manage your group through the My Dashboard area of our website; this includes inviting new members to join you on Making Music and setting website permissions

    GDPR interactive guidance tool

    This audit tool is part of our GDPR toolkit. It is intended to help you think about the questions you need to ask about the data your group holds, asks for and uses, to help you meet your data protection responsibilities.

    How to use the audit tool

    GDPR is a meaty topic with lots of information, not all of which will be relevant to you. This tool is designed to help you filter the information to what is relevant for your group.

    Find a Funding Opportunity

    Use our simple search to check our library of funding opportunities to find the right one for your group.