Putting on events

Grand Rights

When you play or sing or programme a work that is in copyright, you need to consider who licenses the right to perform it. If you’re performing a piece of music as part of a standard concert/recital/gig, that’s usually simple – the vast majority of pieces can be licensed through PRS for Music (read all about PRS fees in our guidance).

Resources for Music Directors

Being the music director (MD) of a group is a diverse role with lots to think about from conducting, arranging music and developing the group to leading, inspiring and encouraging cohesive working. We have put together a range of guidance, resources and opportunities that MDs might find useful.

How and where to source music

This guidance is aimed at providing all the information you need to act as your group's librarian - from sourcing music to dealing with copyright.

Marketing resources for your group: Overview

Marketing is a broad term, and covers a huge range of activities. From researching potential audiences to composing social media posts, choosing your group's 'brand colours' to deciding on ticket prices: these activities all feed into how your group is seen; how potential members, audiences and supporters feel about it; and whether they decide to engage with you.

Performing Rights (PRS) FAQs

If you are putting on a public performance of music you may have to pay royalty fees. It is important that you understand what you obligations are and that you are paying any fees where necessary.

Making Music Platform

An all-in-one online admin tool and website to help you run your group. Manage your members, plan your activities, take card payments, promote events and much more - everything you need in one place. 

    Getting to grips with PRS and copyright (Norwich)

    The topic we receive the most queries about is PRS. What is PRS, how do you pay it and just why is it so complicated?

    In this session, we’ll clear up some of the mysteries and help you to understand how, when and where you need to make your PRS payments.

    Who should attend this event?
    Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s finances, liaise with venues, selects repertoire or manages copyright.

    We’ll talk about:

    Location

    The Assembly House
    Theatre Street
    NR2 1RQ Norwich
    United Kingdom

    Member meetup (Gateshead)

    Come along to this informal event and meet other music makers from your local area.

    • Find out what other groups in your area are working on or planning
    • Meet new people who you might work with in the future 
    • Bring along any burning questions about running a group that you can ask others
    • Share your expertise with others
    • Find out about local issues and how others are tackling them – from availability of venues and sheet music to dealing with rising costs and red tape

     

    Who should attend this event?

    Location

    St Mary's Heritage Centre
    Oakwellgate Gateshead
    NE8 2AU Newcastle upon Tyne
    United Kingdom

    Making the most of your online presence (Leicester)

    An online presence is a vital part of your marketing strategy - but how can you make the most of the various platforms available to you? From websites to concert listings sites, Facebook to Twitter and Instagram, we'll discuss the ins and outs of creating and growing your online profile.

    Who should attend this event?
    Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s marketing, recruitment, website or social media.

    We'll talk about:

    Location

    New Walk Museum
    53 New Walk
    LE1 7EA Leicester
    United Kingdom

    Making the most of your online presence (Yeovil)

    An online presence is a vital part of your marketing strategy - but how can you make the most of the various platforms available to you? From websites to concert listings sites, Facebook to Twitter and Instagram, we'll discuss the ins and outs of creating and growing your online profile.

    Who should attend this event?
    Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to anyone who looks after your group’s marketing, recruitment, website or social media.

    Location

    Octagon Theatre
    Hendford
    BA20 1UX Yeovil
    United Kingdom