Campaigns and advocacy

Making local connections (Harrogate)

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

St Robert's Centre
3 Robert Street
HG1 1HP Harrogate
United Kingdom

Helping your group to thrive (London)

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

London Bridge Hive
1 Melior Place
SE1 3SZ London
United Kingdom

Making Music, Making Communities - Report

View the full results and analysis of Professor Stephanie Pitts' survey of Making Music member groups and their connections with local communities.

This report is the result of a substantial pilot study Professor Stephanie Pitts has undertaken which begins to give us a clearly evidenced picture of what we think is the very significant social and economic impact of music groups on their communities. We very much hope this will lead to a more extensive piece of research as we continue to pursue these important questions together.

A Culture Strategy for Scotland - Conversation

The Scottish Government is currently writing A Culture Strategy for Scotland and Making Music has the opportunity to shape its development by representing the views of our members. We hope that this strategy will provide opportunities to celebrate and strengthen Making Music member groups.  

Location

Saramago Café, Centre for Contemporary Art
350 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3JD Glasgow
United Kingdom

Information and advice sessions (Around Bangor, North Wales): Helping your group to thrive

An opportunity to meet Wales Manager, Abby Charles, to talk about all aspects of running your group.

Location

LL57 1PA Bangor
United Kingdom

Information and Advice (Mold): Every penny counts – tips for improving your income

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

We’ll hear about members who have had success in raising money by other methods, and we’ll share advice and experiences with each other on what has – and hasn’t – worked for you. Making Music staff will also have some top tips for gaining those vital extra pennies.

We'll talk about:

Location

Parkfields Community Centre
1 Elm Drive
CH7 1SF Mold
United Kingdom

Highnotes - spring 2017

In this first issue of 2017 we fill you in our five-year plan, chat to member group North Devon Sinfonia, and Jen Farrant looks at ways to make sure your group is open to people with disabilities.

To download a PDF copy, click the Highnotes image below and select 'download PDF' in the bottom right-hand corner.

Why leisure-time music making matters

Why leisure-time and community music making matters (and why it could be useful for you to know how to say that)

The evidence bank

A range of reports, resources and further reading that provide evidence of the wide-ranging benefits (to individuals and communities) of amateur music. Useful for funding applications, campaigns and general advocacy.