Governance and finance

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.

Paying non-(UK)-resident entertainers

If you are paying for a non-(UK)-resident performer to take part in your group's activities, make sure that you are aware of your legal obligations with our simple guide.

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.

Value Added Tax (VAT)

This guidance covers VAT registration, rates, what is commonly exempt and fund raising events.

Risk assessment form template

This handy template for completing a risk assessment will help keep things simple for your group's risk management.

Managing risk

As part of running your group you should make sure you identify potential risks that might arise as a result of your activities and any action that needs to be taken. This guidance will help you work out when and how you should do a risk assessment and how you might mitigate any risks identified.