Being the music director (MD) of a group is a diverse role with lots to think about from conducting, arranging music and developing the group to leading, inspiring and encouraging cohesive working. We have put together a range of guidance, resources and opportunities that MDs might find useful.
If you are committee member and your MD is not registered on our site, you just need to invite them to register, and they will be able to access all the content below.
Programme inspiration and practicalities
- The Music Bank: Making Music’s group-to-group sheet music lending library. Get inspired and search the catalogue of over 10,000 works by instrumentation, duration, and genre.
- Musical licensing and permissions - everything you need to know in one place: our comprehensive five-part guide to music copyright.
- Top tips for arranging pieces for leisure-time ensembles: experienced composer, arranger and Making Music member Martin Jones gives his advice on creating a successful new arrangement for any ensemble.
- Making Music discounts: all the discounts available to Making Music member groups in one place. Includes offers on sheet music, recording, and engaging professional soloists.
- Selected Artists Guide: our annual brochure listing some of the UK’s top professional soloists and ensembles, available to book at subsidised rates and curated by Making Music members.
- Adopt a Composer: our annual project matches selected member groups with up-and-coming composers to create a brand new piece.
- Guide to commissioning new music: step-by-step information on commissioning a bespoke piece for your group.
Rehearsal and performance technique
- Welcoming beginners and less experienced musicians: tips on making a mixed-ability group friendly and rewarding for all members.
- Reducing barriers for older audience members and top tips for engaging people with dementia: how to make your activities accessible for all.
- Resources from the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM): warm up exercises for musicians, dealing with performance anxiety, health and wellbeing exercises for singers and exercises for instrumentalists.
- 6 tips for protecting your hearing: noise awareness and risk management for musicians.
Alternative performance ideas
- Alternatives to putting on a formal concert: keeping all the benefits of performing while reducing the pressure.
- Running a come and sing/come and play event: a step-by-step guide.
- Learn to Play Day FAQs: tips from Music for All on how to organise an inspiring event in your community.
- Performing in care homes: what the benefits are and how to go about it.
- Tips for making music in prisons: a how to guide and related case study.
- Succession planning: our guidance on making changing roles simple.
- Safeguarding training course: offered jointly by Making Music and the Child Protection Company, this training course was developed with leisure-time music groups in mind.
- DBS resources: about the Disclosure and Barring Service, and how you can request a check through Making Music.
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.