Finding music for performance

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.

Adopt a Composer scheme

Applications are now closed for the 2017/18 Adopt a Composer project.

20% off sheet music for Carmina Burana and Arion and the Dolphin

Arion and the Dolphin is Jonathan Dove’s new choral piece commissioned by Making Music specifically for amateur vocal groups as a companion-piece to the reduced version of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Performances of this new work will be reserved exclusively to Making Music members until 31 August 2016.

Free sheet music from British Composer Award winner Peter McGarr

We are delighted to offer members the opportunity to perform the music of British Composer Award winner Peter McGarr for free.

Up to 30% off selected sheet music hire from Josef Weinberger

Josef Weinberger Ltd are offering exclusive discounts on hire fees of several works for school and family concerts, and of orchestral works by Malcolm Williamson.

25% off selected sheet music hire from Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press are offering members exclusive discounts on hire fees of selected orchestral works from across its diverse catalogue.

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.

A step-by-step guide to commissioning new music

This guidance provides a step-by-step guide on how to commission new music. The guidelines are designed to help you choose a suitable composer for your group’s needs, negotiate the commissioning process, raise funds, market your piece successfully, and ensure future performances of your commission.

Music recording

This guide contains vital information for making a recording onto CD or DVD that keeps groups within the law and recognises fee and rights agreements.

Music Bank

Search from tens of thousands of pieces for repertoire, programme notes and sheet music to borrow from other member groups.