Funding and fundraising

Every penny counts - tips for improving your income (Ely)

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

We’ll hear from 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.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s fundraising or accounts.

Location

Ely Cathedral Centre
Palace Green
CB7 4EW Ely
United Kingdom

Increasing your income: Overview

We know one of the biggest worries our members have is the long-term financial health of their group. Even groups who make a surplus each year can have that nagging thought: 'what happens if something goes wrong next year?' More money would mean less worry and more stability, and perhaps more importantly it would mean more opportunities to try new things and ways of enjoying making music.

How to claim Gift Aid for your group

This guidance describes the current situation with regard to Gift Aid and the voluntary music sector. Please note that Gift Aid is available to UK recognised charities, regardless of whether or not they are also registered charities.

Orchestra Tax Relief overview: What it is, who can benefit and how we can help

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) is a government initiative that means instrumental groups could receive a payment from HMRC equal to a percentage of their production costs.

Despite being called 'Orchestra Tax Relief':

  • the initiative can apply to many types of instrumental group – so don’t be put off if your group is not a traditional orchestra 
  • you don’t have to be paying tax to claim it.   

Groups who put on eligible performances can submit a claim to HMRC each year for the payment. 

Helping your group to thrive (Fort Augustus)

 

This event provides an opportunity for you to meet and learn from not only Making Music staff but also other leisure-time music groups within your area, helping you to share experiences and advice on a variety of issues and find new ways of working, both separately and together.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to committee members of leisure-time music groups.

Location

The Lovat Loch Ness
Fort Augustus
PH32 4DU Inverness-shire
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Southampton)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

We’ll talk about:

Location

Solent Conference Centre
The Spark, Southampton Solent University East Park Terrace
SO14 0YN Southampton
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Lincoln)

The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

We’ll talk about:

Location

Alive Conferences
22 Newland
LN1 1XD Lincoln
United Kingdom

Every penny counts - tips for improving your income (Doncaster)

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

We’ll hear from 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.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s fundraising or accounts.

Location

Rutland House
Rutland Street
DN1 2BF Doncaster
United Kingdom

Member meetup (Gateshead)

Come along to this informal event and meet other music makers from your local area.

  • Find out what other groups in your area are working on or planning
  • Meet new people who you might work with in the future 
  • Bring along any burning questions about running a group that you can ask others
  • Share your expertise with others
  • Find out about local issues and how others are tackling them – from availability of venues and sheet music to dealing with rising costs and red tape

 

Who should attend this event?

Location

St Mary's Heritage Centre
Oakwellgate Gateshead
NE8 2AU Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom

Every penny counts - tips for improving your income (Shrewsbury)

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

We’ll hear from 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.

Who should attend this event?
Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s fundraising or accounts.

Location

Shrewsbury Castle
Castle Street
SY1 2AT Shrewsbury
United Kingdom