regulations

How to approach health and safety

Health and Safety is one of those terms that can bring dread and derision in equal measure. With some of the stories you hear it’s easy to see why it has a bad reputation. In practical terms though, all it really means is spending a little bit of time thinking about what risks exist in a particular situation and what can be done to minimise them.

Licensing and copyright: what you need to do

Licensing – whether that's about gaining permission to use a venue, or a piece of music – can seem like a minefield of confusing legislation and complicated procedures. This guidance provides a brief summary of the areas your music group might need to be informed about and what steps you should take.

Should your group be a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)?

The SCIO is a legal structure for registered charities in Scotland. It provides limited liability and separate legal identity to organisations which do not wish to incorporate fully. This guidance outlines the benefits and obligations of becoming or converting to an SCIO

Setting your group up as a charity

We can help advise music groups on establishing charitable status. There are advantages to gaining charitable status and also some consequences to be aware of that are covered in this guidance.

Data Protection: what are your responsibilities?

Any individual or organisation processing data is obliged to abide by certain rules, even if you are just keeping a list of members and regular concert attendees in a spreadsheet.

How to claim Gift Aid for your group

This guidance describes the current situation with regard to Gift Aid and the voluntary music sector. Please note that Gift Aid is available to UK recognised charities, regardless of whether or not they are also registered charities.

Should your group be a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)?

This briefing, from Voluntary Arts, outlines the key points of the CIO form, what it is and what it entails, and provides guidance for voluntary arts groups considering registering for CIO status.

How to report on public benefit for your charity

The Charity Commission now requires its registered charities to describe how they provide a public benefit through their activities, and include this description in their annual return to the Charity Commission.

Dealing with food hygiene

If your group is providing food and drink at an event it could be held legally liable for contaminated items.