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Useful organisations, learning resources and web tools

Music Organisations

UK Music

UK Music is an industry-funded body to represent the collective interests of the recorded, published and live arms of the British music industry.

Through collective representation, UK Music promotes the interests of record labels and music publishers (major and independent), songwriters, composers, lyricists, musicians, managers, producers, promoters, venues and collection societies.


AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector, which makes up a quarter of the recorded music market. AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music. AIM promotes and supports this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services, commercial opportunities and practical help to members, enabling them to innovate, grow and break into new markets.

The Ivors Academy

The Ivors Academy is the independent professional association for songwriters and composers across all styles.


British Phonographic Industry (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 400 independent music companies and the UK’s major record companies – Universal Music UK, Sony Music UK, and Warner Music UK. Together, BPI’s members account for 85% of all music sold in the United Kingdom.

BPI organises The annual BRIT Awards with Mastercard show, The Hyundai Mercury Prize for 'Album of the Year' and the Classic BRIT Awards show.


The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is the world’s largest professional community of music managers. The MMF engages, advises and lobbies industry associates and wider industry on issues that are relevant to managers.

Music Publishers’ Association

The Music Publishers Association is the trade association for music publishers in the UK. 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 Producers Guild (MPG) was conceived and is supported by producers, mixers, recording engineers, re-mixers and programmers who are passionate about all aspects of making and recording music. It is a not-for-profit company and is run by volunteers from the membership.

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.


PPL is the UK’s music licensing company for over 110,000 performers and recording rightsholders. We have been licensing the use of recorded music in the UK since 1934.
PPL licenses radio stations, TV broadcasters and certain digital media services to play recorded music in the UK as part of their programming. They also license music suppliers to copy recorded music for services such as in-store music systems, jukeboxes, compilations for exercise classes and in-flight entertainment systems.

PRS for Music

PRS for Music pay royalties to their members when their work is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV. We support them by influencing policy, supporting and hosting awards and events, and investing in new technology to ensure we’re fit for the digital music age.

Royal Music Association

The Royal Musical Association (RMA) is the foremost society in the UK dedicated to the study of music. Its principal objectives are the advancement of scholarship and scholarly publication. 

Learning resources

From learning resources to handy internet tools and beyond.

Work - Trades Union Congress online. - TUC-based workers resource. - Info and news for all UK union reps. - Central resource for workers.

Money - Government portal to public services. - The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. - All about your state pension. - General advice on UK tax liabilities. - Tax advice for working in the US.

Debt advice - Free advice on problem debt. - Free debt advice and support. - Citizens Advice Bureau.

Social networking - Upload, tag and share your videos. - Online music sharing platform. - Your own music and merch store.

Fan funding - A massive crowdfunding platform for creative projects.

Health - Specialist health support and advice for performing artists. - Guidelines to control noise at work. - Support and advice on this disorder. - Information about hearing loss.

Teachers - Support for music teachers.

Sheet music and tab for teachers - Read the MPA’s Code Of Fair Practice. - A range of licensed notation in ASCII and Power Tab. - Huge archive of US public domain classical scores .

Protect your equipment - MU members can register online for £2,000 worth of equipment cover. - Phone number of your local branch to check if your stolen goods have been sold. - Secure your home by following this police-driven initiative.