Putting on events

Making Music Platform: your music group management software (online event)

Are you fed up with how much time and effort it takes to organise your music group? Do you end up inputting the same data into numerous spreadsheets, calendars and documents just to keep your group running? Do you wish you had more time to dedicate to the music? 


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In the summer edition of Highnotes: we explore how groups can adapt to and implement change, and what Making Music can do to support them in the process. Will Prideux, Director of Peterborough Sings! talks about Peterborough Male Voice Choir’s work supporting project-based recruitment. We also discuss the second report from the Big Survey 2022, focusing on the financial contributions the leisure-time music sector makes to professionals.  

Welcome new people: building diversity and inclusion (online event)

If you’d like your group and your audience to be more diverse and inclusive, thinking about how you recruit and welcome people is crucial. And if you want to increase your membership and your audiences, recruiting and welcoming new people in a way that is inclusive means you’ve more chance of success. Whatever your driver, there are actions you can take that will remove the barriers to joining your activity and provide access to more people. 


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Learn more about choirs and Orchestra Tax Relief (online event)

Over the last 20 years governments have introduced various creative tax reliefs to enable organisations to claim back some of their production costs. Two of these – Orchestra Tax Relief and Theatre Tax Relief – are already being used by Making Music members to claim back an average 23% of their concert and event costs. Especially now that a higher rate of relief has been made permanent in the spring budget, these tax reliefs can make a significant contribution to groups’ budgets and facilitate growth and activity.



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Bands for Hire

Music agency providing live bands for every occasion. 

Sound Escapes UK Performance Tours

Based in Nottingham, Sound Escapes is a specialist touring operator that arranges tailor-made tours for music ensembles in the UK, Ireland and beyond. 

Try Booking

Try Booking online ticketing makes life easier and helps to grow audiences. 

Music groups face a range of challenges – from finding committee members with enough time to do the organizing, increasing costs and declining audience numbers.

Small changes can make a big difference and one easy win is moving to online ticketing.

If you currently manage ticketing manually consider:

Specialised Travel Concert Touring

With over 68 years of experience, Specialised Travel is the oldest concert tour company in the UK, arranging bespoke tours worldwide. Our global network of accomplished musicians and travel experts provide access to the best venues and performance opportunities. From iconic international concert halls to the cultural centres of Europe, we offer everything from long-haul adventures to budget-friendly trips by coach or train. We’re dedicated to providing every group with an exceptional quality tour. 

Email: info@stct.co.uk

Case study: Building stronger community connections with Barnes Concert Band

Andrea Lee, chair of Barnes Concert Band, tells us how connecting with other music groups and organisations within their local community has led to a year of incredible collaborations and exciting performances. They share valuable lessons gained along the way for other groups seeking to deepen their community ties.  

Case study: Organising tours with Birmingham Festival Choral Society

Tim Davis of Birmingham Festival Choral Society tells us how his group go about organising their own tours. 

Tell us a little bit about your group

Birmingham Festival Choral Society is a friendly and enthusiastic SATB choir of around 110 members. We sing a wide variety of the world's best choral music! We perform regularly in Birmingham, sometimes elsewhere in the UK and every three years we organise a tour to Europe.