Governance and finance

Accounts template

We have put together an accounts template to help you manage your finances.

Online member meetup (Wales)

If you’re running a leisure-time music group, you’re probably doing a balancing act of staying on top of issues like changing regulations and PRS licensing, not to mention ongoing Covid challenges.

Miranda Glen, our new manager in Wales, will be leading this session. Come along to catch up on what’s affecting music groups in Wales, get in touch with each other, share learning and ideas and support one other.

In this meetup we'll:

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

What can our corporate members do for you? (online event)

Making Music has over 20 corporate members with a wide range of discounts, products and services that are exclusive to our members. You can find out about what's available on our website - but are you getting the most out of the support and solutions they offer to help your music making?

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Applying for funding (online event)

Many leisure-time music groups regularly consider making project fund applications to arts councils, trusts or foundations whilst others are considering it for the first time. This event will walk you through some of the usual things you can expect, and equip you with some best practice and tips to set you up for a much better chance of success, whether you're applying for £250 or for £250,000!

We'll talk about:

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Tackling barriers to access and inclusion (online event)

Creating an event or activity that is accessible, welcoming and inclusive of everyone starts with one big question: what are the barriers that would exclude someone from taking part? People who experience barriers to making and enjoying music are more likely to be disabled, from an ethnic minority, have a mental or physical health condition or be in challenging socio-economic circumstances. How can you identify the barriers that exclude people from taking part in your group's events and activities, or stop people being included when they experience a change of circumstance?

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Gift Aid and membership subscriptions

Gift Aid is a government tax relief that allows charities to claim an extra 25p for every £1 that an individual donates. There are rules within the Gift Aid legislation that also allow charities to claim Gift Aid on membership subscriptions, even though they are not donations. This guidance is about claiming Gift Aid on membership subscriptions.

Contactless payments and card readers

These days, in most cases all it takes is a quick swipe of plastic to pay for something. With people increasingly expecting to pay by card, it can be extremely worthwhile for a leisure-time music group to take card payments. 

Whether payments are being made for member subscriptions, on the door ticket sales, donations or for merchandise such as CDs, a card reader and Point of Sale (POS) system can be very handy.

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.

Getting to grips with Gift Aid (online event)

Gift Aid is a hot topic for music groups, as it can boost your group’s income. But it’s important to know and understand what you can and can’t claim Gift Aid on, and what information you need to provide in order to submit your claim.

In this event, we’ll help you to understand the claiming process, which funds are eligible for Gift Aid, and we’ll work through a couple of example Gift Aid calculations on screen.

We’ll talk about:

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Not-for-profit organisations: Which bank account should we use?

When it comes to choosing the best bank account for your not-for-profit organisation, the prospect may seem a little daunting. Questions like – 'which bank should we use?' 'what does each account offer?' 'what is the best account for our group?' – can all make the process seem overwhelming. But don’t fret! This guidance looks at the key considerations when choosing a bank account to help you decide on the best option for your group.