The bigger picture
The industry-backed group pushes the key business and political agenda of the music business within Westminster, with senior corporate leaders and the media.
UK Music promotes the interests of record labels, songwriters, musicians, managers, publishers, producers, promoters and collecting societies through high profile campaigns and events. It also draws up policy to deal with issues impacting the industry, engages in high level political lobbying to ensure any new legislation benefits its members and undertakes extensive and ground-breaking research to track market trends and forecast future business opportunities.
UK Music also works to ensure music - and the copyright that underwrites it – is recognised and valued at all levels of Government, throughout the wider economy and by consumers.
UK Music is a campaigning and lobbying group, which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry.
UK Music represents and promotes the interests of the whole music industry.
UK Music works to persuade politicians and business leaders about the value of music to the national economy and its key role in the UK’s creative and cultural makeup. Using a tool kit that encompasses lobbying, education and research UK Music is able to provide its members with the range of opportunities and challenges facing them over the next few years and beyond.
AIM is a trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK's independent music industry.
AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.
AIM's 800+ members span every musical genre and every corner of the UK. They are a vibrant, entrepreneurial and diverse bunch who have one thing in common: the music comes first.
AIM organises the annual AIM Independent Music Awards, celebrating the phenomenal music released by the sector. More details on the AIM Awards at www.musicindie.com/awards
BASCA exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing.
Aims and Objectives:
To campaign as a leading force in the domestic, European and international political arenas.
To celebrate excellence through world-class awards ceremonies - the Ivor Novello Awards, the British Composer Awards and the Gold Badge Awards.
To inform its members in a constantly changing environment through our publications, websites and seminars.
To foster a sense of community amongst British songwriters, lyricists and composers and to encourage the next generation of professional music writers.
To become a member you must be working as a songwriter and be a member of a royalty collections society, such as PRS for Music, BMI or ASCAP.
BPI represents the UK’s recorded music industry, which is one of the most exciting and thriving music sectors in the world. As a trade body, it champions the interests of its membership which includes more than 300 independent music companies and the UK’s major record companies – Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music.
Together, BPI’s members account for 85% of all music sold in the UK. Established in 1973, the BPI was mandated to "discuss matters of common interest and represent the British record industry in negotiations with Government departments, relevant unions and other interested parties and to promote the welfare and interests of the British record industry."
BPI organises the BRIT Awards show and the Classic BRIT Awards show. Substantial proceeds from both shows go to the BRIT Trust – the charitable arm of BPI – which has donated almost £20 million to charitable causes nationwide since its foundation in 1989.
The organisation co-owns the Official Charts Company in a joint venture with the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). The Official Charts Company is responsible for the commissioning, distribution, marketing and promotion of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and sales data.
BPI also maintains the industry standard for certifying Gold, Silver and Platinum sales awards.
The MMF since its inception in 1992, has worked hard to educate, inform and represent UK managers (and their artists) as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.
While this work continues, the MMF is focusing more and more in this time of change on providing real, meaningful value for its Members and their artists – helping unlock investment, finding eyeballs for artists, opening up new markets, and improving margins. A wide range of general and specific benefits are already available to all, and all Members are encouraged play an active part in the organisation that aims to be their professional voice.
Music Publishers’ Association
The Music Publishers Association exists to safeguard the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them. It provides them with a forum and a collective voice, offers them a range of practical services, represents their interests to government, the music industry and the media, and works to inform and to educate the wider public in the importance and value of copyright.
The Music Publishers Association has over 260 members, representing nearly 4000 catalogues, covering every genre of music.
The MPA also owns two collection societies:
The Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society Ltd (“MCPS”) is appointed by publishers to license the mechanical right to music users. Its operations are contracted to PRS for Music as defined by a service level agreement.
Printed Music Licensing Ltd (“PMLL”) manages the licensing of the copying of printed music in the UK on behalf of music publishers. Its Schools Printed Music Licence (“SPML”) covers the copying of printed sheet music in schools and is offered to schools exclusively by The Copyright Licensing Agency (“CLA”) acting as sole agents.
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.
The MPG strives to maintain and constantly improve upon standards of audio quality in music production, and the enhancement of user-appreciation of the listening experience.
It is a dynamic, professional and creative member organisation that has a serious voice to government and industry alike. As a vibrant group, it is mainly concerned with record-making and recording techniques for all genres of music and media related activities in the UK. Collectively, the membership's combined output and footprint of commercial recorded works is huge.
PPL is the UK-based music licensing company which licenses recorded music for broadcast, online and public performance use. Established in 1934, PPL carries out this role on behalf of thousands of record company and performer members. In 2012 PPL collected revenue of £170.8m.
PPL’s Broadcast and Online licensing covers the use of recorded music on the BBC’s television, radio and iPlayer services and by hundreds of commercial broadcasters. These include ITV, Channel 4, Five and Sky, together with services such as Virgin Media and BT Vision. PPL also licenses commercial radio networks such as Global, Capital, Heart and Absolute Radio, online services such as Last FM and community, hospital, student and prison radio stations.
Public Performance licences are issued by PPL to hundreds of thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the UK who play recorded music to their staff or customers and who therefore require a licence by law. These can range from bars, nightclubs, shops and hotels to offices, factories, gyms, schools, universities and local authorities. PPL also licenses music service providers to copy recorded music for services such as in-store music systems, jukeboxes, fitness compilations and in-flight entertainment systems.
PPL also operates an International service, used by many of its members. Through 64 agreements with music licensing companies globally in 34 different countries, PPL is able to collect licensing revenue from the use of its members’ recorded music around the world. Under these agreements with other music licensing companies, PPL also acts on behalf of its members to license their recordings and pay for their performances in the UK.
The international collections market is very competitive, with numerous commercial companies offering similar services, but despite this PPL’s International service continues to grow significantly. After the deduction of PPL’s running costs, all revenue collected is distributed to members based on the music used by licensees and the extensive information contained in the PPL Repertoire Database. PPL does not retain a profit for its services.
With over 10,000 members who are record companies or recording rightholders and 65,000 performer members, PPL has a large and diverse membership. Members include major record labels, globally successful performers and record producers, as well as many independent labels, sole traders and session musicians ranging from orchestral players to percussionists and singers – all of whom are entitled to be fairly paid for the use of their recordings and performances.
PPL’s role and remit increases year on year. The company receives details electronically on a weekly basis for an average of 6,500 new recordings. Once this data has been fed into PPL’s databases, it is then passed on to PRS for Music for it to administer the relevant copying rights on behalf of the songwriters, composers and publishers. PPL also provides that data to the BPI and IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industry) to assist with their anti-piracy activities.
PRS for Music
PRS for Music is home to the world's best music writers, composers and publishers. Formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009, the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS.
We exist to collect and pay royalties to our members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online. PRS for Music is one of the world's most efficient combined rights collecting operations.
Offering its members more money, more often, at less cost and its customers the most efficient means by which they can use music.
Royal Music Association
The Royal Musical Association is for anyone interested in the art and science of music. We are a UK-based learned society with an international membership, and run conferences, study days and training events as well as offering financial support and mentoring.
If you are a performer, composer, musicologist, broadcaster, journalist, librarian… or if you are simply interested in finding out more about current research and performance initiatives, the RMA has something to offer you. Simply visit Royal Musical Association to find out more, or join in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
From learning resources to handy internet tools and beyond.
tuc.org.uk - Trades Union Congress online.
worksmart.org.uk - TUC-based workers resource.
unionreps.org.uk - Info and news for all UK union reps.
unionlearn.org.uk - Central resource for workers.
gov.uk - Government portal to public services.
icaew.com - The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
gov.uk/browse/working/state-pension - All about your state pension.
hmrc.gov.uk - General advice on UK tax liabilities.
artistsfromabroad.org - Tax advice for working in the US.
stepchange.org - Free advice on problem debt.
nationaldebtline.co.uk - Free debt advice and support.
citizensadvice.org.uk - Citizens Advice Bureau.
facebook.com - Leading social networking platform.
youtube.com - Upload, tag and share your videos.
twitter.com - Microblogging social network.
flickr.com - Create your own free picture galleries.
soundcloud.com - Online music sharing platform.
bandcamp.com - Your own music and merch store.
singerspro.com/uk - Post your CV online with audio.
myspace.com - Social and music networking site.
pledgemusic.com - Enable fans to contribute financially to your projects.
kickstarter.com - A massive crowdfunding platform for creative projects.
blogger.com - Free, automated weblog publishing.
wordpress.com - Free blog creation platform.
bapam.org.uk - Specialist health support and advice for performing artists.
soundadvice.info - Guidelines to control noise at work.
dystonia.org.uk - Support and advice on this disorder.
hear-it.org - Information about hearing loss.
musicteachers.co.uk - Support for music teachers.
Sheet music and tab for teachers
mpaonline.org.uk - Read the MPA’s Code Of Fair Practice.
tablibrary.com - A range of licensed notation in ASCII and Power Tab.
imslp.org - Huge archive of US public domain classical scores .
Protect your equipment
hencilla.co.uk - MU members can register online for £2,000 worth of equipment cover.
cashconverters.co.uk - Phone number of your local branch to check if your stolen goods have been sold.
securedbydesign.com - Secure your home by following this police-driven initiative.