Putting on events

Case study: Beckenham Concert Band prison concerts

Philip Emery, Chair of member group Beckenham Concert Band, and Director of music charity Changing Tunes (London & South East), explains how they approached putting on prison concerts.

Events checklist – disability and access

This briefing, produced by Voluntary Arts, includes a simple checklist which we think covers the most important issues surrounding disability for voluntary arts events.

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.

Performing Rights (PRS) for dramatico-musical works

If you're performing dramatico-musical works (e.g. an opera, musical, revue, pantomime or ballets) then Grand Rights apply and additional permissions must be sought be required.

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.

Fundraising case study: Harmony Sinfonia school workshops

Crowdfunding involves using online platforms to gather small donations from a large audience to fund particular events, initiatives or projects.

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.

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. 

A step-by-step guide to commissioning new music

This guidance provides a step-by-step guide on how to commission new music. The guidelines are designed to help you choose a suitable composer for your group’s needs, negotiate the commissioning process, raise funds, market your piece successfully, and ensure future performances of your commission.