If you make music, whether it's in a band, orchestra, choir or any kind of musical group, read our Q&A with Making Music's Alison Reeves to find out how becoming a member could help you.

How would you describe Making Music and what it does?

Making Music is the UK’s membership organisation for leisure-time music groups. We represent over 3,200 groups in the UK (around 250 in Scotland) across all musical genres, over 170,000 musicians and promoters of all levels of experience. 

We support the unsung heroes who run these groups – from symphony orchestras to community choirs, jazz bands to local festivals – by providing them with practical services, guidance, artistic development opportunities and a collective voice for lobbying. 

We help them run their group, so they can get on with making music!

Who can join Making Music?

Group membership is open to any voluntary music making or promoting group, regardless of repertoire or size. To apply to be a full member you need a constitution that establishes you have musical aims and that you are a not-for profit group. If you don’t have a constitution, we can support you to adopt one.

How much does it cost?

Membership costs from £79 and depends on the annual income of your group. There are discounts of up to 50% for groups formed in the last 6 months, youth groups and groups with an income of less than £1,000 per annum.

What are the benefits of joining Making Music?

  • Access to very competitive insurance designed for music groups, including public liability.
  • PRS fee collection scheme, taking the hassle out of royalty payments.
  • Access to hundreds of online resources including fact sheets, ‘how to’ guides and template documents all written with groups exactly like yours in mind.
  • Free training events in Scotland on topics such as increasing your income and engaging younger people.
  • Project and broadcasting opportunities such as our ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme, where the resulting performances are played on BBC Radio 3.
  • Regular news and updates from your sector by email, social media and a quarterly magazine.

 . . .and if you need one-to-one advice, we have a team with many collective years of experience on the end of the phone to support you.

How can people get in touch and find out more?

Our website is www.makingmusic.org.uk and has all the information you need. You can call the London membership team on 020 7939 6030 with any specific questions, or contact Alison Reeves, Manager in Scotland for information about services for groups in Scotland at alison@makingmusic.org.uk