Funding and fundraising

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 state aid tax reliefs for the creative industries. OTR incentivises the production of orchestral concerts – and amateur orchestras are specifically referenced in the legislation.

We have been running our OTR service for over a year now and our groups have already been receiving payments from HMRC. However we believe that many more instrumental leisure-time music groups across the UK could take advantage of OTR, and your group could be one of them. 

Helping your group to thrive (Kendal)

Making Music is hosting this free event for music groups to make connections, discuss aspects of running your group and find out the latest news from Making Music.

We'll talk about:

  • Growing your audience and membership
  • Sourcing sheet music without breaking your budget
  • Funding for your group and other ways to improve your income
  • What makes an effective and motivated committee?
  • Anything else that arises!

More reasons to come:

Location

The Shakespeare Centre
Yard 76, Highgate
LA9 4HE Kendal
United Kingdom

Making local connections (Lewes)

How do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group? We'll discuss the ins and outs of making that first step, and how you can build a fruitful and lasting relationship. There will be opportunities to chat, ask questions, make connections and share experiences and advice. Making Music staff will share tips for talking to your local authority, and give you pointers on how to establish your own local connections.

More reasons to come:

Location

County Hall, Room C2F
East Sussex County Council St Anne's Crescent
BN7 1UE Lewes
United Kingdom

Making Local Connections (St Albans)

How do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group? We'll discuss the ins and outs of making that first step, and how you can build a fruitful and lasting relationship. There will be opportunities to chat, ask questions, make connections and share experiences and advice. Making Music staff will share tips for talking to your local authority, and give you pointers on how to establish your own local connections.

More reasons to come:

Location

The County Club
29 Ridgmont Road
AL1 3AH St Albans
United Kingdom

Helping your group to thrive (Stoke-on-Trent)

Making Music is hosting this free event for music groups to make connections, discuss aspects of running your group and find out the latest news from Making Music.

We'll talk about:

  • Growing your audience and membership
  • Sourcing sheet music without breaking your budget
  • Funding for your group and other ways to improve your income
  • What makes an effective and motivated committee?
  • Anything else that arises!

More reasons to come:

Location

Mitchell Arts Centre
Broad Street Hanley
ST1 4HG Stoke-on-Trent
United Kingdom

Helping your group to thrive (Kettering)

Making Music is hosting this free event for music groups to make connections, discuss aspects of running your group and find out the latest news from Making Music.

We'll talk about:

  • Growing your audience and membership
  • Sourcing sheet music without breaking your budget
  • Funding for your group and other ways to improve your income
  • What makes an effective and motivated committee?
  • Anything else that arises!

More reasons to come:

Location

Kettering Mind
49-51 Russell Street
NN16 0EN Kettering
United Kingdom

Making local connections (Hereford)

How do you find, get in touch with and build a relationship with the people who are important to your group? We'll discuss the ins and outs of making that first step, and how you can build a fruitful and lasting relationship. There will be opportunities to chat, ask questions, make connections and share experiences and advice. Making Music staff will share tips for talking to your local authority, and give you pointers on how to establish your own local connections.

More reasons to come:

Location

Shire Hall HR1 2HP Hereford
United Kingdom

Helping your group to thrive (Bournemouth)

Making Music is hosting this free event for music groups to make connections, discuss aspects of running your group and find out the latest news from Making Music.

We'll talk about:

  • Growing your audience and membership
  • Sourcing sheet music without breaking your budget
  • Funding for your group and other ways to improve your income
  • What makes an effective and motivated committee?
  • Anything else that arises!

More reasons to come:

Location

Citygate Centre
138a Holdenhurst Road
BH8 8AS Bournemouth
United Kingdom