Governance and finance

Should your group be a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO)?

The SCIO is a legal structure for registered charities in Scotland. It provides limited liability and separate legal identity to organisations which do not wish to incorporate fully. This guidance outlines the benefits and obligations of becoming or converting to an SCIO

Setting your group up as a charity

We can help advise music groups on establishing charitable status. There are advantages to gaining charitable status and also some consequences to be aware of that are covered in this guidance.

Data Protection: what are your responsibilities?

Any individual or organisation processing data is obliged to abide by certain rules, even if you are just keeping a list of members and regular concert attendees in a spreadsheet.

Record of Gift Aid Declaration template

Charities simply need to make a 'declaration' of who the donor is, how much they are giving you, and that they want tax to be reclaimed. Declarations can be in writing, or given verbally or electronically, and charities may devise their own forms.

Gift Aid Declaration template

Charities simply need to make a 'declaration' of who the donor is, how much they are giving you, and that they want tax to be reclaimed. Declarations can be in writing, or given verbally or electronically, and charities may devise their own forms.

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.

How to handle complaints

This briefing, from Voluntary Arts, explains the importance of setting up a complaints procedure, explores the best way to handle complaints and looks at how your voluntary arts group could use a complaint to build positively on its reputation.

Should your group be a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)?

This briefing, from Voluntary Arts, outlines the key points of the CIO form, what it is and what it entails, and provides guidance for voluntary arts groups considering registering for CIO status.

ISM model contract for working with professional musicians

With many thanks to ISM, the Incorporated Society of Musicians, for giving Making Music members access to and permission to use their model performance contract.

How to report on public benefit for your charity

The Charity Commission now requires its registered charities to describe how they provide a public benefit through their activities, and include this description in their annual return to the Charity Commission.