Putting on events

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.

Discounts on online ticketing booking fees

Making Music has teamed up with TicketSource and WeGotTickets to offer Making Music members special offers on their online ticketing services.

Find a Musical Vacancy

Looking to use your musical (or non-musical) talents to get involved in music making? Use our simple search filters to find opportunities with amateur music groups near you.

Case study: collaborating with other music 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.

Dealing with food hygiene

If your group is providing food and drink at an event it could be held legally liable for contaminated items.

Liaising with local government

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.

Public entertainment

If you are providing entertainment consisting of public music, singing or dancing, then it is imperative that you know whether the premises you are utilising needs to be licensed for this ‘public entertainment’, or if it holds an existing Premises Licence.

Risk assessment form template

This handy template for completing a risk assessment will help keep things simple for your group's risk management.

Managing risk

As part of running your group you should make sure you identify potential risks that might arise as a result of your activities and any action that needs to be taken. This guidance will help you work out when and how you should do a risk assessment and how you might mitigate any risks identified.

Running a ‘Come and Sing/Play’ event

‘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.