Governance and finance

Running a committee, part one: responsibilities and roles

The majority of our member groups are run by a committee - a group of enthusiastic people who care about their group, want to see it thrive and are willing to take responsibility for making that happen. As well as enthusiasm, a committee position requires good organisational skills, a willingness to give up some spare time and the ability to co-operate with others. And like most things in life, being on a committee will very often give you a sense of achievement and fulfilment – but it can also be tedious and frustrating, especially when things are not going right.

Top tips for Treasurers

The position of Treasurer in an amateur music group is an important one – they are the person who receives money and makes payment on behalf of the group, and keeps an eye on the bank balance to make sure that the group remains solvent.

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.

Trustee handbook

This handbook will help you manage your charity and answers the most common questions about your responsibility as a committee member (trustee) of a charity.

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

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) is the latest in a line of state aid tax reliefs for the creative industries. OTR incentivises the production of orchestral concerts – and amateur orchestras are specifically referenced in the legislation.

We have extensively researched OTR and believe that it has the potential to be hugely beneficial to instrumental amateur music groups across the UK:

Every Penny Counts (Dumfries)

In an age where funding is increasingly hard to obtain, how can you maximise income for your group in other ways?
 

Location

Midsteeple
High Street
DG1 2BH Dumfries
United Kingdom

Making local connections (Farnham)

Join us to discuss the best ways of making a wide range of connections, whether it's key local figures and organisations, other local groups, suppliers, potential funders and sponsors, the media or even new audiences.

Location

Farnham Library
Vernon House 28 West Street
GU9 7DR Farnham
United Kingdom

Helping your group to thrive (Didcot)

Making Music is hosting this free information and advice event for music groups to make connections, discuss aspects of running your group and find out the latest news from Making Music.

 

We'll talk about:

  • Growing your audience and membership
  • Sourcing sheet music without breaking your budget
  • Funding for your group and other ways to improve your income
  • What makes an effective and motivated committee?
  • Anything else that arises!

 

Location

Didcot Civic Hall
Britwell Road
OX11 7JN Didcot
United Kingdom

Making local connections (Chelmsford)

Join us to discuss the best ways of making a wide range of connections, whether it's key local figures and organisations, other local groups, suppliers, potential funders and sponsors, the media or even new audiences.

Location

Quaker Meeting House
Rainsford Road
CM1 2QL Chelmsford
United Kingdom

The committee members' toolkit

The prospect of joining a music group committee for the first time can be daunting, so we've put together some resources to help you feel more confident about your role. Or even if you're well settled on a committee, it's always helpful to have guidance to refer to along the way. 

You'll need to have your website login handy to view most of these resources so if you don't have one, please get in touch with us.