There are few music groups today who have the privilege of being fully self-financing and who therefore have little need to make friends and influence people. The aim of this guidance is to encourage groups to think about how they can influence decision makers in their local area – the sort of activities which could make a difference to a group with a particular problem to solve (lack of cheap rehearsal space, no local business support etc.) and would also be a big help to Making Music in building a database of councillors and MPs who are committed enough to amateur music to take an interest in their local groups.
Collaborating with another music group is an excellent way of creating variety in your programming, as well as tackling repertoire you may not otherwise have a chance to play. This case study includes the motivations and learnings from one such collaboration: between Chantage and Nonesuch Orchestra.
This guidance is intended to provide you with some ideas on how you can work productively with your local authority and how you can attempt to lobby officers and elected members so that your group can benefit from the resources and expertise available within a local authority.
This template is designed to help you plan a project and successfully bid for funding, leading you through the planning stage step by step, enabling you to bridge the gap between inspiration and delivery.
‘Come and Sing/Play’ events are a simple but brilliant idea: you open up your group for a day, for anyone to come along and sing or play an instrument. This tool kit will help you decide what sort of event you want to run and give you practical advice on how to plan and run an event.