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Musical Performances

Introduction, aims and definitions


Published October 2023, replacing March 2016


Musical performance groups can be a great way for a young person to develop a specific talent whilst taking part in a balanced programme of Scouting, as required by POR.  

Please note that this document does not consider Scout activities that are held during a normal evening’s programme event for any of the Scout sections (Squirrels to Network) such as Musicians Badge / singing to parents / camp fire songs / etc.  

Aim of the Musical Performances Toolkit 

The aim of the Musical Performances Toolkit is to provide support and guidance to members leading any type of Musical Performance. 


musical performance is a performance where the performance is primarily that of an instrument(s) creating sound, including the voice.  

A Local Musical Public Performance is a performance which will be viewed by an audience that is not the direct invitee of the participants or leaders involved and may well be for people outside of Scouting.  

This does include performances with public ticketing, whether free or paid for, as well as where the performance is part of a wider public display on a one-off basis (e.g. community fair, carnivals, parades, concerts.)  Please note that this list is not exhaustive. 

A High Profile Musical Public Performance is for wider audiences such as: 

  • National and County Scouting Events (e.g. National and County Jamborees)  

  • Ceremonial Events (including Windsor)   

  • National High Profile Parades and Shows (e.g. Lord Mayor’s Parade, city parades, tattoos, PRIDE events, county shows, Edinburgh Fringe, events with TV coverage).   

  • Any International Performance 

Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you are not sure which category your event fits into then please contact the National Performing Arts SASU. You will find a contact email here.

Staged performances consist of, or include, any of dance, drama, music, song and other staged arts.  By ‘staged’, this means to put on a performance. This can be in theatres, school halls, auditoriums, Scout hut, a field etc. 

A Staged Performance may be a singular performance/show and have rehearsals of just a few weeks, or it may be a week-long of evening performances with rehearsals for the 6 months prior. Each entity would be classed as a ‘show run’. 

Musical performances can also perform on stage and there will be crossover between the requirements in these cases.  

Please refer to the staged performance toolkit which can be found here: