Governance and finance

Orchestra Tax Relief: for any instrumental groups (online event)

Orchestra Tax Relief (OTR) is a source of income for instrumental groups with 12 or more performers. You don’t have to be an orchestra or pay tax to claim it! This event will explain what it is and how your group can benefit from it.

OTR is one of the Creative Industries Tax reliefs launched in 2017. It allows instrumental groups to claim a payment from HMRC equal to a percentage of their production costs. So far, Making Music has helped groups claim over £250,000, and on average, a group has been able to claim back 14% of their total concert budget. 

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ONLINE
United Kingdom

Climate emergency: what can music groups do? (online event)

Climate change is now recognised as an emergency, with the United Nations COP26 climate conference in Glasgow in November further raising the profile of this issue. But what can music groups do about climate change? And do their actions have any impact? Join an inspiring panel to hear practical ideas and repertoire suggestions of how you can get involved.

Four inspiring speakers will paint a picture and give you ideas of how music groups can make a difference on climate change.

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ONLINE
United Kingdom

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.

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ONLINE
United Kingdom

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

Online member meetup up (promoter groups)

For the past 18 months, music promoters have had to deal with a raft of challenges including changing Covid-19 measures, new rules resulting from Brexit, PRS licensing, consultations on new legislation such as Protect Duty, and regulatory changes.

This online meetup specifically for promoter groups (groups who are not vocal groups or instrumental groups, and whose regular activities do not include running rehearsals) will keep you up-to-date with the latest news and guidance, help you connect with each other, and share learning and ideas.

In this meetup we’ll:

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!

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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

Modernising the way music groups are run: MM Platform case study

'MM Platform has had a huge, positive impact on our choir. Developed with music groups in mind, Platform already had almost everything we wanted, and we were able to tailor it entirely to our needs.'

How Basingstoke Ladies' Choir transformed their communication and strengthened their community — Hazel Green shares their experience. 

Online member meetup (Northern Ireland)

For the past 18 months, leisure-time music groups have faced challenges at every turn such as dealing with strict Covid-19 measures and new rules resulting from Brexit, and keeping up with PRS licensing and consultations on new legislation such as Protect Duty. Regulatory changes have become a way of life, and often differ between the four nations of the UK.

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Online member meetup (Wales)

For the past 18 months, leisure-time music groups have faced challenges at every turn such as dealing with strict Covid-19 measures and new rules resulting from Brexit, and keeping up with PRS licensing and consultations on new legislation such as Protect Duty. Regulatory changes have become a way of life, and often differ between the four nations of the UK.

John Rostron, our manager in Wales, will be leading this session for our members in Wales to find out the latest news and guidance, get in touch with each other, share learning and ideas and support one other.

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom