Setting up a group

Setting your group up as a charity

We can help advise music groups on establishing charitable status. There are advantages to gaining charitable status and also some consequences to be aware of that are covered in this guidance.

Insurance for your group from Making Music

The Making Music members’ insurance scheme is run by Making Music Insurance Services, specifically for our members. It is offered to those members of Making Music which operate on a voluntary (ie non-professional) basis, for ‘activities associated with the general promotion of music and the performance of musical works’.

Should your group be a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO)?

This briefing, from Voluntary Arts, outlines the key points of the CIO form, what it is and what it entails, and provides guidance for voluntary arts groups considering registering for CIO status.

Find a Group

Search from thousands of amateur music groups across the UK: from choral societies to samba groups, symphony orchestras to festivals.

How to get started with social media

This guide gives a simple, step-by-step guide to getting set up on the most important social media platforms for member groups: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+.

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.

Applying for trust funds

Applying for trust funds can take time and effort, but the prize – financial support for your group's activities – is worth it. Make sure you follow our guidance to ensure that you create the most compelling applications with the best chance of success.

Model constitution

The constitution will put your music group on solid footing in terms of charity structure, regulation and governance and will be hugely valuable in helping you run your group as well as helping to ensure your registration with the Charity Commission is fast tracked.

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.

Guidance on using our model constitution

The constitution will put your music group on solid footing in terms of charity structure, regulation and governance and will be hugely valuable in helping you run your group as well as helping to ensure your registration with the Charity Commission is fast tracked. This guidance explains more about what a constitution is and explains why and how you should use our model constitution, including some notes on creating a separate rules and regulation document to go alongside it.