Guidance

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

Finding music for performance – what you need to know

Discovering new music, deciding what to perform and actually sourcing the sheet music can be both the most fun and frustrating parts of running a music group.

Whether you’re looking for new repertoire, thinking of commissioning or just trying to find the cheapest option for the sheet music you need, we have resources to help.

Safeguarding

When it comes to a broad topic like safeguarding it can be difficult to know where to start. To help we've produced a range of resources (including a template policy) and can help arrange DBS checks for you. We'll continue to add to these, but in the meantime if you think we're missing something that would be helpful for groups like yours, do please let us know.

Making the most of your membership - for MM Group Reps

What is a Making Music Group Representative (MM Group Rep)?

The Making Music Group Representative (MM Group Rep) is the main link between your group and Making Music. They are the voice of the group within Making Music, making sure we know what resources and services the group needs to thrive. They also receive our communications.

MM Group Reps:

GDPR: Data Protection Toolkit

From May 2018 the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will be in place, replacing the current Data Protection Act. The new regulations will apply to all types of organisations – including small charities and leisure time music groups. This toolkit brings together guidance, tools and resources for groups to use to prepare for the changes.

GDPR: What you need to know

An overview of GDPR - the background, what is changing, what you need to do to prepare and why Brexit won't change the outcome.

Tips for designing a website for your group, part 1: Planning

We know that designing, or redesigning, a website can be a scary task. But with time, some thought and a bit of creativity, almost anyone can produce a good website. If you can use Word or Facebook or Google, you can do this too!

In part one of our three-part guide on creating a website, we'll cover the important bit that often gets left out: planning!

How and where to source music

This guidance is aimed at providing all the information you need to act as your group's librarian - from sourcing music to dealing with copyright.

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 social media

Being active on social media can be a great way for your group to grow your audiences, build relationships, recruit new members and learn from other groups, but it takes effort to make the most of it.

In our getting started guide we cover the basics of setting up accounts and creating your first posts. In this resource we'll move on to our top tips for building an engaged audience and spreading your messages as far as possible.

Marketing resources for your group: Overview

Marketing is a broad term, and covers a huge range of activities. From researching potential audiences to composing social media posts, choosing your group's 'brand colours' to deciding on ticket prices: these activities all feed into how your group is seen; how potential members, audiences and supporters feel about it; and whether they decide to engage with you.