Since 1935, Making Music has championed leisure-time music groups across the UK with practical services, artistic development opportunities and by providing a collective voice for its members. We now represent over 3,400 groups made up of around 180,000 musicians of all types, genres and abilities. We help them run their group so they can get on with making music!
We're here to provide advice, support and resources for leisure-time music groups and musicians across the UK.
Setting up and running a leisure-time music group can be hard: how do you set up as a charity? What PRS fees do you owe? Where can you find public liability insurance? How can you market your events to the public? We're here to help you easily find answers to your questions, with advice, services and resources to help you sort out the tricky stuff so you can concentrate on enjoying making music.
We fight for the best deals and provide the expertise, networks and support you need to set up, run and thrive as a leisure-time music group.
Our groups represent over 170,000 music makers across the UK, so we can bring you together with experts in the field, your peers and Making Music staff and volunteers– locally, online and at events around the UK – so that you can share experiences and advice, learn from each other and make some new friends at the same time!
Adopt A Composer
The Adopt a Composer scheme pairs leisure time choirs, orchestras and ensembles with a composer for a year culminating in a première performance and a broadcast on BBC Radio 3. The composer has the opportunity to get to know a performing group and write a piece especially for them to première, while the group has the chance to contribute to the creation of a new work by some of the UK’s most promising composers. Pieces that are composed are usually around ten minutes long (as a very rough approximation) and are usually written to work around your existing repertoire and schedule.
Through our partnership, we are now offering a selection of original works which were created through this initiative. Click the button below to meet the composers taking part and preview their compositions.