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 a 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 been running our OTR service for over a year now and our groups have already been receiving payments from HMRC. However we believe that many more instrumental leisure-time music groups across the UK could take advantage of OTR, and your group could be one of them. 

Helping your group to thrive (Kendal)

Making Music is hosting this free 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!

More reasons to come:

Location

The Shakespeare Centre
Yard 76, Highgate
LA9 4HE Kendal
United Kingdom

Making local connections (Lewes)

How do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group? We'll discuss the ins and outs of making that first step, and how you can build a fruitful and lasting relationship. There will be opportunities to chat, ask questions, make connections and share experiences and advice. Making Music staff will share tips for talking to your local authority, and give you pointers on how to establish your own local connections.

More reasons to come:

Location

County Hall, Room C2F
East Sussex County Council St Anne's Crescent
BN7 1UE Lewes
United Kingdom

Making Local Connections (St Albans)

How do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group? We'll discuss the ins and outs of making that first step, and how you can build a fruitful and lasting relationship. There will be opportunities to chat, ask questions, make connections and share experiences and advice. Making Music staff will share tips for talking to your local authority, and give you pointers on how to establish your own local connections.

More reasons to come:

Location

The County Club
29 Ridgmont Road
AL1 3AH St Albans
United Kingdom

Making local connections (Hereford)

How do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group? We'll discuss the ins and outs of making that first step, and how you can build a fruitful and lasting relationship. There will be opportunities to chat, ask questions, make connections and share experiences and advice. Making Music staff will share tips for talking to your local authority, and give you pointers on how to establish your own local connections.

More reasons to come:

Location

Shire Hall HR1 2HP Hereford
United Kingdom

Helping your group to thrive (Newark)

Making Music is hosting this free 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!

More reasons to come:

Location

National Civil War Centre
Appleton Gate
NG24 1JY Newark
United Kingdom