What do we get for our membership?

Making Music offers three types of services to members: we provide practical and artistic supportwe influence on your behalf; and we connect you to each other and to relevant contacts.

Influence:

1. Lobbying and advocacy on behalf of members and voluntary music, e.g. music libraries, music education

Practical support:

  1. Insurance – unbeatable peace of mind, underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance (RSA)
  2. 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. 
  3. PRS collection scheme – saving you time and money (5% off if paid by 12th Dec)
  4. Disclosure & Barring Service checks
  5. Advice and support via email or telephone or in person
  6. Over 200 resources available online - information, guidance, templates, case studies, funding opportunities, discounts and more at www.makingmusic.org.uk with topics from governance to Gift Aid, PRS to data protection, safeguarding to music hire, press releases to risk assessment: we have what you need to run your group
  7. Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) service - despite the name you don't have to be an orchestra or pay tax to claim OTR ! It's government initiative that means instrumental groups could receive a payment from HMRC equal to a percentage of their production costs. Our service includes compiling and submitting the claim for you. 
  8. Charity registration service - we compile and manage your registered charity application for you 
  9. Publications: Highnotes (magazine, 3 times a year, for up to 3 individuals per member group), regular email digests (available to ALL), emails on specific topics (e.g. resources, opportunities, projects, events)
  10. Promotion: Find-a-group/group profile – for music makers to discover you, events calendar – for audiences to find you,  vacancies – to recruit musical staff or trustees, awards – for the movers and shakers in amateur music, opportunities – e.g. Classic FM Drive Christmas carol broadcast
  11. Group membership and audience development: training, online resources, and events to help you reach new people; a Youth Engagement Manager developing ways to connect you with under-35s.
  12. Online Health Check - find out how well your music group is connecting with people online 
  13. Fundraising: resources, one-to-one advice, training, Information & Advice events to help you make your group financially resilient and sustainable
  14. Special members’ discounts: e.g. with selected music publishers, online ticketing, music technology products, recording, publications and much more 
  15. Making Music Mix - ‘create your own CD’ service: upload your music, create and sell a CD without paying up front; also, recording services on offer at special rates
  16. Steinway Grand Piano hire – Making Music’s piano available for hire in the North West of England

Artistic support:

  1. Adopt-a-Music-Creator – apply to have a music creator attached to your group for a year, and write a piece specially for you, with the premiere recorded with a possible radio broadcast
  2. Music Bank: repertoire information – find the perfect piece, plus suggested companion material; music exchange – see if fellow members can lend you the music you’re after; programme notes – download them free, saving you time and effort
  3. Discounted young artists booking: Awards for Young Concert Artists winners (soloists) (substantial subsidies on bookings); Selected Artists guide featuring artists and ensembles recommended by Making Music promoters, with subsidies available for at special members’ rates
  4. Artists Expenses Subsidy fund - subsidies for travel and accommodation expenses when booking professional artists (promoting groups only).
  5. Local and national projects to take part in: e.g. Music Day UK - check our website and publications for the latest projects and opportunities
  6. Music awards - The leisure-time music sector is dependent on much talent which is often unrecognised. So Making Music has created new awards to celebrate music creators, arrangers and innovative new music projects.
  7. Partnerships and signposting to opportunities: we work with partners to enhance the performance and development opportunities they offer, e.g. Voluntary Arts Week, Learn to Play Day, Music Day UK, Voices Now, Contemporary Music for All Festival; and we create the tools to help you take advantage of these opportunities (e.g. Come and Sing/Play Day toolkit; brokering connections; tailoring guidance to music groups)

Connect:

  1. Local events – providing opportunities to learn something new, meet Making Music staff, and connect with other groups and contacts locally
  2. Annual meetings: AGM in London, Making Music Council elsewhere
  3. Peer-to-peer advice/mentoring/buddying – get matched to a member group with similar issues and experiences: we can put you in touch individually, or at an event