Engaging professional artists

Meeting for Musical Directors of member orchestras and wind bands (Edinburgh)

For the first time, we’re gathering together musical directors and conductors from our member orchestras and wind bands to discuss some of our future projects and potential partnerships. Where should our future focus lie, and what would MDs like us to provide for them and their groups?

Location

Augustine United Church
George IV Bridge
EH1 1EL Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Information and advice event (Swindon): Making local connections

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 - how do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group?

Location

Christ Church With Saint Mary
Cricklade Street Old Town
SN1 3HB Swindon
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

Making Music Council

Meeting once a year, the Making Music Council is a forum for discussion and consultation between members, Board and staff. It acts as a valuable advisory group for the development of policies and services at Making Music, and is a mechanism for staff and Board to keep in touch with the wants and needs of the members.

All members of member groups are invited to attend, and contribute to the development of our future services and policies.

Location

National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church Walmgate
YO1 9TL York
United Kingdom

Meeting for Musical Directors of member orchestras and wind bands (Bristol)

For the first time, we’re gathering together musical directors and conductors from our member orchestras and wind bands to discuss some of our future projects and potential partnerships. Where should our future focus lie, and what would MDs like us to provide for them and their groups?

Location

St Michael’s Centre
The Green Stoke Gifford
BS34 8PD Bristol
United Kingdom

Selected Artists - 2017

The 2017 edition of Selected Artists. Created by the Making Music SAP, and containing a selection of outstanding musicians available to all Making Music members.

Highnotes - summer 2017

In the summer issue of Highnotes we explore the pros and cons of music strreaming for members, take a look at new Musicians' Union guidance on paying professionals and chat to Battle of the Somme composer Laura Rossi.

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

Recommended rates for engaging professional musicians

This agreement, reached between the Musicians' Union and Making Music in 2017, provides guideline minimum rates for groups when engaging freelance professional musicians. We hope that this will provide a simple and effective aid to ensure that members are able to budget for, and professionals able to receive, a fair rate of payment.

We are very pleased to have reached this new agreement with the Musicians' Union which is revolutionary in two ways:

Subsidies for engaging professional artists

In the current economic climate, where arts funding is scarcer than ever, it can be tough for amateur music groups to engage high-quality soloists for their concerts. To help to address this, Making Music runs the following schemes, helping member groups to engage artists at specially reduced or subsidised rates.