Governance and finance

Group accounts template

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

Information and advice event (Edinburgh): Good practice for committees

An effective committee is vital to the successful running of your group – but sometimes getting the committee together is half the battle. How can you build an effective committee, encourage others to take part, and avoid disagreements or all the work falling to one or two people?

Come and meet members of other music groups and share best practice on managing committees. Find out what tactics others employ to keep their committee working effectively, and find out more about recruiting and keeping new committee members.

Location

Botanic Cottage
Royal Botanic Garden
EH3 5NZ Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Top tips for Treasurers

The position of Treasurer in an amateur music group is an important one – they are the person who receives money and makes payment on behalf of the group, and keeps an eye on the bank balance to make sure that the group remains solvent.

Use our Charity Registration Service

Our Charity Registration Service is designed to make the process of registering as a charity as simple as possible. Find out how we can help you.

Information and advice event (Luton): Arts Council England Grants for the Arts workshop

Come and meet staff from Arts Council England, and find out more about their Grants for the Arts funding scheme. Sue Hughes from ACE will have plenty of advice on what they are looking for in an application and how funding decisions are made. There’s also an opportunity to discuss any ideas you may have for projects, and to find out more about any alternative sources of funding.

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Location

Luton Central Library
St. Georges Square
LU1 2NG Luton
United Kingdom

Equality and diversity - what should we be doing?

By promoting equality and diversity within your group you can ensure that all those involved feel valued and heard, and able to contribute to its overall success.

How to create an equal opportunities policy

This Briefing explains how to go about developing your policy and outlines the areas you may need to consider.

Events checklist – disability and access

This briefing, produced by Voluntary Arts, includes a simple checklist which we think covers the most important issues surrounding disability for voluntary arts events.

Licensing and copyright: what you need to do

Licensing – whether that's about gaining permission to use a venue, or a piece of music – can seem like a minefield of confusing legislation and complicated procedures. This guidance provides a brief summary of the areas your music group might need to be informed about and what steps you should take.

Composer commissioning contract - template

If you're thinking of commissioning a composer to produce a work for your group, you can use this model commissioning contract to make sure that everything is clear and agreed for both you and the composer.