Finding music for performance

Composer birth and death dates for copyright status

This list of composers’ dates is intended to assist groups in determining the copyright status of works they are performing or promoting. Note that this is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully it provides a useful starting point. Composers still in copyright as of 2017 are printed in bold.

If you need further guidance on performing rights fees then please see our further guidance:

A Festival of Making Music

Scottish members and guests are warmly invited to join award-winning educator Professor Richard Michael BEM for a weekend of creative music-making in the beautiful Perthshire countryside. Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, The Festival of Making Music will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October at Kilgraston School in Bridge of Earn by Perth.

Location

Kilgraston School
Bridge of Earn
PH2 9BQ Perthshire
United Kingdom

Top tips for arranging pieces for leisure-time ensembles

Making Music volunteer Martin Jones – an experienced composer and arranger of music for leisure-time ensembles – gives us his top tips for success.

Music Day UK - London

Music Day UK is a national celebration of music in all forms across the UK. It happens on 21 June each year, the same date as many other countries around the world - making it part of a truly international celebration.

 

Join the Making Music Choir by the River Thames at More London, as we sing to celebrate Music Day! Our choir will be made up of staff, volunteers, members, friends and passers-by. Led by Janna Goodwille, we'll learn and perform a variety of songs suitable for all vocal ranges and abilities.

 

Location

The Scoop
More London
SE1 2DB London
United Kingdom

Browse the Kirby Collection of sheet music sets

The Kirby Collection of printed music sets is available for use by groups in Surrey and the rest of the UK thanks to a generous legacy from Alan and Ethel Kirby.

15% discount on John Brunning - Amazing Day

Classic FM’s John Brunning might be best known for presenting the station’s popular Drivetime programme but he’s also a skilled musician and composer. Making Music members can get a 15% discount on his 'Amazing Day'.

Highnotes - Spring 2016

In this edition of Highnotes, find out about the rules for digitising your music library, Streetwise Opera's latest project, getting men singing and much more.

Licensing and copyright: what you need to do

Licensing – whether that's about gaining permission to use a venue, or a piece of music – can seem like a minefield of confusing legislation and complicated procedures. This guidance provides a brief summary of the areas your music group might need to be informed about and what steps you should take.

Composers talking

In this guide, composers and performers will find a wonderful treasury of sound advice from a wide variety of composers with experience in writing for amateur groups.

Composer commissioning contract - template

If you're thinking of commissioning a composer to produce a work for your group, you can use this model commissioning contract to make sure that everything is clear and agreed for both you and the composer.