Working with young people

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This guidance summarises the changes in relation to child safeguarding legislation made in 2012 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The millennial gap: Tips for recruiting younger members

Struggling to recruit younger members? In this guidance, reprinted from the Autumn 2016 issue of Highnotes, Making Music’s Youth Engagement Manager Xenia Davis has some suggestions.

The biggest barrier to young people joining music groups isn’t repertoire, or classical music being perceived as ‘stuffy’, or the age profile of the group.

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

Helping your group to thrive (Durham)

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

Alington House Community Association
4 North Bailey
DH1 3ET Durham
United Kingdom

Website health check – is yours in shape?

Your group's website may have been up and running for some time, or maybe you're looking at creating a new website. Either way it's always a good idea to step back and see whether it's still working well. Here are a few pointers from our youth volunteers to think about.

Social media content: the rule of thirds

Our youth volunteers have been taking a look at member groups' social media to see how they measure up when it comes to engaging young people. Here are some tips they passed on to us that you might find useful.

Posting on social media can be overwhelming. What to post, when, how often, how much of other people's content should you engage with? A simple tactic to keep you on track is to follow the rule of thirds: promote, share, interact. After all, three is the magic number! 

Safeguarding training course

We have teamed up with the Child Protection Company to develop an online safeguarding course designed specifically for leisure-time music groups, available to Making Music members at a discounted rate.

About the course

The course covers safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults, and will give individuals who lead groups an excellent understanding of their responsibilities, helping to make their group a safe environment for all.

Course features:

Youth engagement resources

Many music groups tell us they find it challenging to attract younger members. With the help of a generous legacy from lifelong choral singer Pauline Thompson, we have been able to compile a bank of resources aimed at helping you to reach out to under-35 year olds.

We'll continue to add to these resources, but in the meantime if you think we're missing something that would be helpful for groups like yours, or if you have any questions,  just get in touch