Recommended Artists Guide

We are delighted to be preparing to launch a new and exclusive Recommended Artists Guide, an online database of affordable professional artists to book specially by leisure-time music groups and promoters.

The Recommended Artists Guide will take the place of our printed Selected Artists Guide. Making Music members will be able to book the listed artists at specially quoted fees, while the artists will gain exposure and more opportunities for bookings.

The new guide will include soloists, ensembles, composers and workshop leaders. Many of the artists listed will be available to book for livestreamed or pre-recorded digital performances, as well as in person. In some cases, Making Music groups can also apply for subsidies to help meet the costs of booking an artist – find out more on our subsidies page.

As with the previous Selected Artists Guide, all artists will be assessed against carefully considered criteria by members of our listening team, helping to ensure that the quality of the artists listed is as high as possible.

How do I apply for the Recommended Artists Guide?

Artists will be able to apply via an online form. Join our mailing list to be notified when applications are open.

Making Music member groups will also be able to recommend an artist they have worked with, via a separate online form.

How will the listening team make their assessments?

If one of our listeners has already heard an artist in action before, we will ask them to report on the performance they heard (provided it was no longer than 2 years prior to the date of application). If not, we will ask artists to supply complimentary tickets so that our listeners can attend at least two performances, in order to make an assessment.

What criteria are used to assess applications?

When writing their reports, we will ask listeners to consider musicianship and technical ability, interaction and engagement with the audience, programming and repertoire, and the audience’s response, as well as their own personal enjoyment of the performance.

Please bookmark this page, which we'll update with news about the new guide.


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.