Setting up a group

Getting your prices right: what to think about and why

Putting a price on a loaf of bread, a new pair of shoes, or train ticket is something that everyone is used to doing. We expect prices to be associated with these things; we can compare one loaf of bread to another, understand the value of a pair of trainers compared to a pair of flip-flops, or take a train at a different time. Pricing of less material things, like the experience of being in or going to see a music group, can be trickier to navigate.

Starting a new group: Overview

At Making Music we work with over 3,500 music groups around the country so we have a pretty good overview of what’s out there, how running a music group works, and some of the common challenges that groups face today. Even with so many groups already out there we hear from people interested in starting up new groups all the time.

Trustee handbook

This handbook will help you manage your charity and answers the most common questions about your responsibility as a committee member (trustee) of a charity.

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. 

    Top tips for running a charity (London)

    Almost all of our member groups are legally considered to be a charity, whether or not they are registered with the Charity Commission. But what does this mean for you?

    From writing your constitution, to registering with the Commission and reporting on public benefit, we’ve got advice and resources on the legal requirements and best practice of being a charity.

    Who should attend this event?
    Anyone is welcome to come to this event, but it will be particularly relevant to committee members of leisure-time music groups. 

    Location

    London Bridge Hive
    1 Melior Place
    SE1 3SZ London
    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 (Sunderland)

    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

    Hope Street Xchange
    1-3 Hind Street
    SR1 3QD Sunderland
    United Kingdom

    Making Music Council (Swansea)

    The Making Music Council gives you a chance to have your say on Making Music’s direction of travel. We want to hear your views and ideas about Making Music in general, and provide an opportunity for you to represent the needs of your music group, helping us to ensure we are delivering the right services and opportunities for you. 

    Who should attend this event?

    Location

    Village Hotel
    Langdon Road
    SA1 8QY Swansea
    United Kingdom

    The role of the chair

    The role of your group’s committee or management team (or whatever term you use to describe the group of people who volunteer their time to run your group) is to organise and facilitate the activities of the group, whilst supporting and protecting the reputation of the group and ensuring that legal responsibilities are met.  The role of the chair within this, is to oversee the work of the committee and the everyday activities of the group to ensure that these aims are achieved.