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.


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-Composer – apply to have a composer attached to your group for a year, and write a piece specially for you, with the premiere featured by BBC Radio 3
  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. 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)


  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