Following from a recent post on the copyright issue, TubaFran suggested setting up a band quality scheme or award for bands that have no copied music. I work in an industry where certification of Quality Management (ISO 9001) is a must, and having other certification, of environmental management (ISO 14001) for example, can be a great benefit when selling/promoting your services. Likewise there are such incentives to organisations such as "investors in people", "equal opportunities employer" and the "charter mark", that show to the world that the company or organisation is prepared to put the necessary investment in to ensure they can provide a quality service. Brass Bands likewise provide a service not only to the players who enjoy making music but to the wider community. With this in mind and Frankie's suggestion a) how easy would it be to set up a quality certification scheme for Brass Bands? b) what are the important points that should be included in the scheme? c) what benefits could and should the award bring? and d) would you like to see your band sign up to it? My suggestions are: Holders of the tMP Quality Award for Brass Bands (QuABB) conform to the following requirements: 1. All music held within the library of the band is held legally. No music is contained therein which is in anyway in breach of copyright through either illegal borrowing, republication or arrangement. 2. The Brass Band has a written equal opportunities policy, and actively encourages attendance from all walks of life. etc. Comments please?