Governance and finance

Recruiting a Music Director

Recruiting for a new musical leader is an important moment for a music group. This resource will take you through the process from defining the role to making an offer. Groups use different terms for their group's musical leader role, but in this resource we will use Music Director (MD).  

Contents:

Breaking even – the finances of running a music group (online event)

Often we think of income ‘only’ in terms of funding, subscriptions or ticket sales. There definitely is a lot to delve into on those three topics, but is there more we could be exploring? Are we thinking about the whole financial picture?

70% of Making Music performing groups and 58% of volunteer promoters break even every year; but 15% and 23% respectively regularly make a loss. So finances are always a topic groups are thinking about, to maintain that balancing act of breaking even, yet remaining accessible to participants and audiences in their community.

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Member meet-up (online event)

This year our AGM will be followed by member meet-up - this is your association, we are always interested in hearing from you!

Both events will be online with a short break in between. We expect the AGM to run from 6pm to 6.30pm and the meet up to be 6.40pm to 7.45pm.  You can book to attend just the AGM, just the meet-up, or both, using the links below.  

 

AGM

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Welcome new people: building diversity and inclusion (online event)

If you’d like your group and your audience to be more diverse and inclusive, thinking about how you recruit and welcome people is crucial. And if you want to increase your membership and your audiences, recruiting and welcoming new people in a way that is inclusive means you’ve more chance of success. Whatever your driver, there are actions you can take that will remove the barriers to joining your activity and provide access to more people. 

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Find out about becoming a Making Music trustee (online event)

You may never have considered becoming a trustee and may not know much about what it involves: find out more at this event about how your skills and experience could help Making Music and what you would be expected to do.

Making Music is a charity and 9 of its (maximum 14) trustees are elected by and from the membership. They are ultimately responsible for the charity and help set the strategic direction of Making Music and oversee its work.  

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (online event)

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, and what you need to consider when performing live, sharing sheet music and broadcasting performances online. We'll also explain the new classical music tariff, and the 50% discount for leisure time music groups.

We'll talk about:

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Learn more about choirs and Orchestra Tax Relief (online event)

Over the last 20 years governments have introduced various creative tax reliefs to enable organisations to claim back some of their production costs. Two of these – Orchestra Tax Relief and Theatre Tax Relief – are already being used by Making Music members to claim back an average 23% of their concert and event costs. Especially now that a higher rate of relief has been made permanent in the spring budget, these tax reliefs can make a significant contribution to groups’ budgets and facilitate growth and activity.

 

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Online member meetup (Wales)

Running your group is a rewarding but challenging role. Our regular meetups are a chance for you to meet and share learning and ideas with other Wales groups facing similar challenges, explore specific issues affecting leisure-time music making in Wales and consider how we can work collaboratively to find solutions and advocate for the sector. 

Stephen McNally, Wales manager, will be leading this session.

N.B. this event was originally scheduled to take place on 24th January but will now be taking place on 31 January.

In this meetup we'll:

Location

ONLINE
United Kingdom

Financial policy template

This resource is designed to help you produce a finance policy for your music group. It focuses specifically on charities. If your music group is not a charity, many of the principles will still be useful but the specifics around the Charity Commission / OSCR and HMRC will not be relevant.

The template contains suggested headings for a financial policy. The notes in each section explain what sort of thing to cover in that section, along with some example wording. The wording will not be right for all groups, so you should adapt it to suit you needs.

Webinar recording: MMSafe - BOPA for Child Performance Licensing

In this recording of our webinar, we introduced the new Making Music Safe service in partnership with Brass Bands England (BBE), which will provide members with the information and tools required to comply with legislation around child performance.