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 3,200 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.

Orchestral conductors' day

 

Announcing our first ever orchestral conducting day!

 

Making Music have teamed up with the Association of British Choral Directors (abcd) to hold a day of talks and workshops especially aimed at conductors and music directors of Making Music member orchestras.

 

Taking place on Saturday 25 August at Leeds Beckett University Headingley Campus, the timetable of the day will include:

Location

Leeds Beckett University LS6 3QS Leeds
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.

Use our Charity Registration Service

Our Charity Registration Service is designed to make the process of registering as a charity as simple as possible. Find out how we can help you.

Not-for-profit organisations: Which bank account should we use?

When it comes to choosing the best bank account for your not-for-profit organisation the prospect may seem a little daunting. Questions – 'which bank should we use?' 'what does each account offer?' 'what is the best Account for our group?' – can all make the process seem overwhelming. But don’t fret! This guidance outlines some of the different bank accounts that are available and aims to help you decide on the most suitable options for your group.

Unincorporated association governing document templates

We have developed two new template governing documents for music groups. They are both for non-charitable unincorporated associations:

  • Non-charitable unincorporated association - with a wider membership
  • Non-charitable unincorporated association - without a wider membership

Each document is available below as a PDF with notes and guidance on how to use it, and as a Word doc without notes to make it easy for you to use and insert your group’s details.

Before you use the document we suggest you read:

What is an unincorporated association?

When you are starting a music group thinking about the formal structure is not necessarily top of the list. But as groups grow and become more stable it is a good idea to start thinking about how your group is structured.

Do you need a governing document for your group?

When you are starting a music group thinking about the formal structure is not necessarily top of the list. With finding venues, members and music you have plenty on your plate without creating more paperwork and admin - and to be honest an informal, flexible approach can be useful when you are getting things off the ground. But as groups grow and become more stable it is a good idea to start thinking about a formal structure for your group.