Growing your group and audiences

Free event poster templates

If you struggle to put together posters for your concerts, we've created these templates in Word to help you on the way.

Top 5 tips for designing posters

A poster isn’t just for showing the details of an event (often it isn’t even mostly for showing the details of an event): it’s for enticing people into wanting to go.

Survey Results: Young People and Participation in Amateur Music Groups

Research published today by Making Music sheds new light on the obstacles amateur music groups face when attracting younger members.

Ticketing case study: Sidmouth Concert Society pricing strategy reverses membership decline

Stephen Huyshe-Shires of promoting member group Sidmouth Concert Society explains how they reversed a decline in membership by investigating the cause and adjusting ticketing options to address the key problem.

Top tips for planning a 'Fantastic for Families Event'

Fantastic for Families is a year-round arts listings website and national promotional campaign to families, run by the Family Arts Campaign. It provides an easy way for groups to communicate their commitment to families and connect with new family audiences, with targeted event feeds to a wider range of third-party partners including the likes of Netmums Local, Hoop and many more.

Marketing your events – a step-by-step guide

You’ve picked a date, booked a venue, agreed on a programme, and now it’s time to get cracking with ticket sales. Thisguidance will lead you through a set of steps to help you effectively market your events. Whilst the guide focuses on concerts, the ideas will apply to other activities, such as membership recruitment, a workshop or a fundraising event.

Audience development case study: Bristol Choral Society 'Mini Messiah' concerts

Robert Convey of member group Bristol Choral Society explains how they have begun to create the audiences and music makers of the future with their Mini Messiah concerts.

Group collaboration agreement

Groups collaborating on joint projects and events can be a lot fun and hugely beneficial for everyone involved. There are things to be aware of that are different to planning normal events and we have produced some guidance that looks at planning a joint event to help with this. One area this covers is having a simple agreement document between the groups. 

20% off sheet music for Carmina Burana and Arion and the Dolphin

Arion and the Dolphin is Jonathan Dove’s new choral piece commissioned by Making Music specifically for amateur vocal groups as a companion-piece to the reduced version of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Performances of this new work will be reserved exclusively to Making Music members until 31 August 2016.

Create your own CD with Making Music Mix

Making Music Mix is the CD creation service available exclusively to members, allowing you to create a record of your work without upfront costs.