Adding voice to OTR - a Making Music campaign

Making Music has joined with almost 40 major music sector organisations, networks and individuals calling for 'voice' to be added

Tax relief for choirs

Making Music and other major music sector organisations are calling for the eligibility criteria for Orchestra Tax Relief to be changed so choirs can also benefit. Making Music members and the wider music sector can support this call by approaching MPs and candidates for election in 2024 to raise this issue.  

Click the links below to read our signed proposal on adding voice as an instrument and the accompanying press release:

Update on Creative Tax Reliefs, Gift Aid and banking for charities

Making Music reports on increased rates for Creative Tax Reliefs announced in the Spring Budget.

Increasing the income stream: an OTR case study

Dr Alice Carter, treasurer of Henley Symphony Orchestra, explains how claiming Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) has bridged the income gap in difficult financial times

Why did your group decide to claim OTR?

The financial benefit is substantial. This has kept us afloat through some very challenging times. We lost a major sponsor a few years ago and OTR has kept us going!

OTR service provides £0.5 million in extra income

Making Music helps leisure-time instrumental groups claim £500,000 with the Orchestra Tax Relief service, which they can invest b

Corporate member blog: Creative Tax Reliefs

Founder and director Graham Suggett explores the services offered by our new corporate member Creative Tax Reliefs.

Spending review and budget 27 October 2021: headlines for leisure-time music groups

It’s not often that the government budget and spending review creates headlines for leisure-time music groups, but this time it d

Orchestra Tax Relief overview: What it is, who can benefit and how we can help

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) is a government initiative for instrumental groups (not only orchestras!) where you could receive a payment from HMRC equal to a percentage of your production costs.

Despite being called 'Orchestra Tax Relief':

  • the initiative can apply to many types of instrumental group – so don’t be put off if your group is not a traditional orchestra 
  • you don’t have to be paying tax to claim it.   

Groups who put on eligible performances can submit a claim to HMRC each year for the payment.