Governance and finance

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.

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 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.

Dealing with food hygiene

If your group is providing food and drink at an event it could be held legally liable for contaminated items.

Model constitution

The constitution will put your music group on solid footing in terms of charity structure, regulation and governance and will be hugely valuable in helping you run your group as well as helping to ensure your registration with the Charity Commission is fast tracked.

Guidance on using our model constitution

The constitution will put your music group on solid footing in terms of charity structure, regulation and governance and will be hugely valuable in helping you run your group as well as helping to ensure your registration with the Charity Commission is fast tracked. This guidance explains more about what a constitution is and explains why and how you should use our model constitution, including some notes on creating a separate rules and regulation document to go alongside it.