Training

Conducting skills course

For many leisure-time music groups, it’s often the case that someone in the group with no formal training may step in and conduct a rehearsal as a one-off, and then suddenly find themselves permanently on the podium. Orchestras for All’s new online conducting skills development course, available at a discount to Making Music members, can help to address this skills gap.

Helping your group to thrive (Fort Augustus)

 

This event provides an opportunity for you to meet and learn from not only Making Music staff but also other leisure-time music groups within your area, helping you to share experiences and advice on a variety of issues and find new ways of working, both separately and together.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to committee members of leisure-time music groups.

Location

The Lovat Loch Ness
Fort Augustus
PH32 4DU Inverness-shire
United Kingdom

Growing your membership (with a focus on under 35s): Redhill

Many groups have told us that they want to be able to recruit more members, and in particular, to engage better with younger people. Thanks to a legacy left to us by Pauline Thompson, we’ve been able to develop a bank of ideas that can help!

 

Come along and find out more about the research we’ve done, and how you can use it to help your group reach more people of all ages.

We'll talk about:

Location

The Warwick School
Noke Drive
RH1 4AD Redhill
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Southampton)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

We’ll talk about:

Location

Solent Conference Centre
The Spark, Southampton Solent University East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southampton
United Kingdom

Top tips for running a charity (London)

Almost all of our member groups are legally considered to be a charity, whether or not they are registered with the Charity Commission. But what does this mean for you?

From writing your constitution, to registering with the Commission and reporting on public benefit, we’ve got advice and resources on the legal requirements and best practice of being a charity.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to committee members of leisure-time music groups. 

Location

London Bridge Hive
1 Melior Place
SE1 3SZ London
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Lincoln)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

We’ll talk about:

Location

Alive Conferences
22 Newland
LN1 1XD Lincoln
United Kingdom

Every penny counts - tips for improving your income (Doncaster)

In an age where funding is increasingly hard to obtain, how can you maximise your income in other areas?

We’ll hear from members who have had success in raising money by other methods, and we’ll share advice and experiences with each other on what has – and hasn’t – worked for you. Making Music staff will also have some top tips for gaining those vital extra pennies.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s fundraising or accounts.

Location

Rutland House
Rutland Street
DN1 2BF Doncaster
United Kingdom

Member meetup (Gateshead)

Come along to this informal event and meet other music makers from your local area.

  • Find out what other groups in your area are working on or planning
  • Meet new people who you might work with in the future 
  • Bring along any burning questions about running a group that you can ask others
  • Share your expertise with others
  • Find out about local issues and how others are tackling them – from availability of venues and sheet music to dealing with rising costs and red tape

 

Who should attend this event?

Location

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate Gateshead
NE8 2AU Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Making the most of your online presence (Leicester)

An online presence is a vital part of your marketing strategy - but how can you make the most of the various platforms available to you? From websites to concert listings sites, Facebook to Twitter and Instagram, we'll discuss the ins and outs of creating and growing your online profile.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s marketing, recruitment, website or social media.

We'll talk about:

Location

New Walk Museum
53 New Walk
LE1 7EA Leicester
United Kingdom

The shape and future of adult music learning

This is a day for exploring adult music learning and for discussion on how to improve access for all.

An event focussed specifically at the barriers and needs of adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities engaging with music as a leisure activity.

 
Aimed at music educators, suppliers of educational and other music resources, music education organisations, academics and researchers, and all those with an interest in adult learning and issues of access.

Location

London Bridge Hive
1 Melior Place
SE1 3SZ London
United Kingdom