Working with young people

Group Policies: What do you need to have?

Polices aren’t necessarily the most exciting thing to think about when you’re running a music group. But they are important and will help you run your group more efficiently and effectively. We have provided a list of the most common polices you might consider having, together with links to further resources and some template documents. But first, a quick word on why you should have polices in place.

A policy sets out your commitment to a particular area. This can:

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.

Safeguarding Policy template

We have developed a template Safeguarding policy for use by our member groups, consisting of the policy itself and some guidance notes to help you adapt it appropriately.

It is designed to be a starting point for you policy and can be adapted to suit your group’s circumstances. As well as the accompanying notes, we recommend you read our general Safeguarding guidance

Highnotes - summer 2017

In the summer issue of Highnotes we explore the pros and cons of music strreaming for members, take a look at new Musicians' Union guidance on paying professionals and chat to Battle of the Somme composer Laura Rossi.

To download a PDF copy, click the Highnotes image below and select 'download PDF' in the bottom right-hand corner.

How to engage under-35s: Retention

This is the second set of recommendations drawn up following our research into young people’s attitudes towards making music. It follows on from the resource entitled How to engage under-35s: Recruitment.

How to engage under-35s: Recruitment

This is the first set of recommendations drawn up following our research into young people’s attitudes towards making music, and is written primarily for performing groups. There is a second set of recommendations as part of this series entitled How to engage under-35s: Retention. A set of recommendations tailored to promoting groups will follow.

Highnotes - Autumn 2016

In this edition of Highnotes, find out about what stops young people from joining groups, tips on developing young audiences, online learning and much more.

 

Survey Results: Young People and Participation in Amateur Music Groups

Research published today by Making Music sheds new light on the obstacles amateur music groups face when attracting younger members.

Child Licensing - what you need to know

Many of you are increasingly facing problems with your local authorities on child licensing. In recognition of the fact that interpretation of the law is so different between councils, the National Network for Children in Employment and Entertainment (NNCEE) has now published guidance which should hopefully lead to a little more consistency.

There are three reasons why this is important:

Music Day UK - London

Music Day UK is a national celebration of music in all forms across the UK. It happens on 21 June each year, the same date as many other countries around the world - making it part of a truly international celebration.

 

Join the Making Music Choir by the River Thames at More London, as we sing to celebrate Music Day! Our choir will be made up of staff, volunteers, members, friends and passers-by. Led by Janna Goodwille, we'll learn and perform a variety of songs suitable for all vocal ranges and abilities.

 

Location

The Scoop
More London
SE1 2DB London
United Kingdom