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.

Individual visits and consultations: Barnstaple

Sharon Moloney, Member Engagement Manager, will be available in Barnstaple to meet and talk with members from this area and beyond.

If you have a burning issue on which you would like some help or advice, or would simply like to say hi or find out more about Making Music, please get in touch to confirm an appointment. Sharon is available to attend concerts, rehearsals or committee meetings, or for individual appointments.

 

Topics you may wish to discuss include:

Location

EX31 1EL Barnstaple
United Kingdom

Individual visits and consultations: Isle of Wight

Sharon Moloney, Member Engagement Manager, will be available in the Isle of Wight to meet and talk with members from this area and beyond.

If you have a burning issue on which you would like some help or advice, or would simply like to say hi or find out more about Making Music, please get in touch to confirm an appointment. Sharon is available to attend concerts, rehearsals or committee meetings, or for individual appointments.

 

Topics you may wish to discuss include:

Location

PO30 1LL Isle of Wight
United Kingdom

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.

Template contract for working with a Music Director

This model contract has been developed to provide a starting point for negotiations when engaging a Music Director.