What is a Making Music Group Representative (MM Group Rep)?
The Making Music Group Representative (MM Group Rep) is the main link between your group and Making Music. They are the voice of the group within Making Music, making sure we know what resources and services the group needs to thrive. They also receive our communications.
MM Group Reps:
- Represent their group at the Making Music Council (once a year)
- Receive essential emails regarding their group’s membership (please see our Privacy Notice for more details)
- Encourage the group management/committee and the wider group membership to register on our website so that everyone can make the most of Making Music’s resources
- Fulfil the (not very onerous!) constitutional requirements of Making Music membership (Full members only)
Who should be your group's MM Group Rep?
The ideal person is someone from the group management/committee who is a good communicator.
The Making Music Council
The Making Music Council gives Making Music member groups the opportunity to engage directly with the Making Music Board and staff and to help shape our future plans and discuss all aspects of our work and your membership of Making Music.
- Meetings take place in a number of locations across the UK (three or four in England and one each in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) in June and July each year. In 2020, these will take place online
- Lunch and refreshments are provided
- MM Group Reps unable to attend can nominate another person from their group to attend in their place
Encouraging people to register
The MM Group Rep is the main contact we have within a group, but not the only one. As part of the group’s Making Music membership, anyone in the group can register on our website. A key part of being MM Group Rep is therefore to encourage members of the group (management/ committee and others) to do so, and to connect themselves to your group. This means they can then:
- Access over 200 resources to help run the group on topics such as fundraising, marketing, strategic and succession planning, PRS, social media, gift aid, performing in alternative settings, working with young people and much more.
- Receive our emails including our monthly e-digest ‘iNotes’, invitations to events, notifications of new resources, opportunities to take part in projects, information on how to support our advocacy work and much more. Individuals can opt to receive as much or as little information as they wish.
- Register for one of our 40+ events taking place across the UK each year. These events cover a range of topics of interest and provide opportunities to meet other music makers from your area, as well as MM staff and experts from other organisations.
If the MM Group Rep has a question, or an issue they need help with, they should not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly team are available by phone (020 7939 6030) Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org to help with any questions on any aspect of music making or running your group.
The legal bit of being an MM Group Rep (full members of Making Music only)
When a group joins Making Music as a Full member, our constitution requires that one of their number is nominated as the official member of Making Music. This person (the MM Group Rep) needs to sign a declaration agreeing to accept the obligation of membership; which is the payment of £1 in the unlikely event of Making Music going bankrupt. The declaration can be completed online when joining or by emailing agreement. If a potential MM Group Rep has any queries regarding this, they can contact us and we’d be happy to talk through the process.
The group’s Making Music Group Representative is also entitled to vote on behalf of their organisation at General Meetings of Making Music and in elections to the Board of Directors which governs Making Music.
These conditions do not apply to MM Group Reps of Associate or any other type of member groups.
We hope you find this Making Music resource useful. If you have any comments or suggestions about the guidance please contact us. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the content of this guidance is accurate and up to date, Making Music do not warrant, nor accept any liability or responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of the content, or for any loss which may arise from reliance on the information contained in it.