Breaking even – the finances of running a music group (online event)

Often we think of income ‘only’ in terms of funding, subscriptions or ticket sales. There definitely is a lot to delve into on those three topics, but is there more we could be exploring? Are we thinking about the whole financial picture?

70% of Making Music performing groups and 58% of volunteer promoters break even every year; but 15% and 23% respectively regularly make a loss. So finances are always a topic groups are thinking about, to maintain that balancing act of breaking even, yet remaining accessible to participants and audiences in their community.


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In the summer edition of Highnotes: we explore how groups can adapt to and implement change, and what Making Music can do to support them in the process. Will Prideux, Director of Peterborough Sings! talks about Peterborough Male Voice Choir’s work supporting project-based recruitment. We also discuss the second report from the Big Survey 2022, focusing on the financial contributions the leisure-time music sector makes to professionals.  

How to make your group easy to find online with SEO

It can be very difficult to get new people to discover your music group. But with our handy resource for beginners, you too can start using Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) to improve your website’s search rankings.


Climate Change Network (online event)

Picking up on the discussion in the last Climate Change Network meeting in November, we are hoping that music groups will come and share where they have found or are looking for funding for climate-related projects, e.g. commissioning specific repertoire, changing their practice, etc.


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Webinar recording: Making Music Platform - New users

In this recording of our webinar (original event 14 September 2023), we presented the Making Music platform and explored how it can help you manage your music group.

MM Platform App

Making Music are happy to announce the launch of the new MM Platform app, available in the Apple App store or on Google Play. It’s now easier for your members to access the main features of your MM Platform’s members area using the app. The MM Platform App is only available to groups who are using the MM Platform Service. If your group are not currently using the MM Platform Service and would like more information then do take a look at the MM Platform service page.

Video guidance for using your Making Music Platform

This page forms part of the Making Music Platform help guides for existing users of the Service. On this page you will be able to view video guidance to help you use a range of functions and aspects of your Platform. The video guidance below should be used alongside the written help guides. 

All of the Making Music Platform help guides and latest Platform News can be found on the MM Platform Service Hub page.

On this video guidance page you will find the following videos:

Technology in Music Education (TiME)

TiME is a global alliance of music educators, organisations and music industry partners, dedicated to supporting the purposeful and creative use of Music Technology in Education.

Over the past four years, they have collaborated with highly experienced music teachers and organisations, providing information and free resources on the ever-developing field of music technology, as well as advising the Department for Education on the inclusion of the subject in the National Plan for Music Education.

Continuo Connect

Continuo Connect offers a comprehensive listing of fantastic Early Music concerts coming up near you, anywhere in the UK.  

Continuo Connect is a concert-finder for music lovers seeking the best of Classical, Baroque, Renaissance and other Early Music performances by professional period-instrument ensembles. The site is free and easy-to-use and can be searched based on your location. 


Newzik is a digital score management and sharing application created in 2014 by music enthusiasts Jean-Louis Lasseri and Aurélia Azoulay.  

Their goal? To revolutionise musical practice by enabling musicians, leisure-time and professionals alike, to access their digital score library directly from their iOS smartphone or tablet. Newzik also enables users to add annotations to their scores and share them in real time with other musicians.