Working with young people

Making the most of your online presence (York)

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

Explore York Library Learning Centre
Museum Street
YO1 7DS York
United Kingdom

Growing your membership (with a focus on under 35s): Oxford

It's the perfect time of year to start thinking about recruiting new members for the spring term.

Come along and find out more about the research we’ve done into engaging with younger people, and how you can use this to help your group reach them, as well as people of all ages. 

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, or who looks after welcoming new members when they've first joined.

Location

Trinity College (The Sutro Room)
Broad Street
OX1 3BH Oxford
United Kingdom

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

This guidance summarises the changes in relation to child safeguarding legislation made in 2012 in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The millennial gap: Tips for recruiting younger members

Struggling to recruit younger members? In this guidance, reprinted from the Autumn 2016 issue of Highnotes, Making Music’s Youth Engagement Manager Xenia Davis has some suggestions.

The biggest barrier to young people joining music groups isn’t repertoire, or classical music being perceived as ‘stuffy’, or the age profile of the group.

Raising your profile: new performance opportunities (London)

From performing at gala days to connecting with the Make Music Day international festival, getting out of the concert hall and into public spaces can be a real boost to your group and members. In this session we'll talk about the opportunities available, how to get the most benefit for your group and common challenges to overcome. 

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 event management, marketing or programming.

Location

Cecil Sharp House
2 Regent's Park Road
NW1 7AY London
United Kingdom

Growing your membership (with a focus on under 35s): Redhill

Many groups have told us that they want to be able to recruit more members, and in particular, to engage better with younger people. Thanks to a legacy left to us by Pauline Thompson, we’ve been able to develop a bank of ideas that can help!

 

Come along and find out more about the research we’ve done, and how you can use it to help your group reach more people of all ages.

We'll talk about:

Location

The Warwick School
Noke Drive
RH1 4AD Redhill
United Kingdom

Growing your membership (with a focus on under 35s): Canterbury

It's the perfect time of year to start thinking about recruiting new members in time for the start of the autumn term.

Many groups have told us that they want to be able to recruit more members, and in particular, to engage better with younger people. Thanks to a legacy left to us by Pauline Thompson, we’ve been able to develop a bank of ideas that can help!

Come along and find out more about the research we’ve done, and how you can use it to help your group reach more people of all ages.

Who should attend this event?

Location

Ann Robertson Centre
55 London Road
CT2 8HQ Canterbury
United Kingdom

Website health check – is your website in shape?

Your group's website may have been up and running for some time, or maybe you're looking at creating a new website. Either way it's always a good idea to step back and see whether it's still working well. Here are a few pointers from our youth volunteers to think about.

Social media content: the rule of thirds

Our youth volunteers have been taking a look at member groups' social media to see how they measure up when it comes to engaging young people. Here are some tips they passed on to us that you might find useful.

Posting on social media can be overwhelming. What to post, when, how often, how much of other people's content should you engage with? A simple tactic to keep you on track is to follow the rule of thirds: promote, share, interact. After all, three is the magic number! 

Safeguarding training course

We have teamed up with the Child Protection Company to develop an online safeguarding course designed specifically for leisure-time music groups, available to Making Music members at a discounted rate.

The course is a valuable opportunity for music group organisers to gain relevant and pertinent information about safeguarding today. Thought provoking scenarios used in the course ensure that appropriate awareness of safeguarding is the learning outcome of the course. - Andrew Adam, Congleton Youth Orchestra