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Association of British Orchestras

The Association of British Orchestras is the national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. Website


The Association of Independent Music 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. Website

Alliance for IP

The Alliance for Intellectual Property (IP) represents trade associations across the creative, branded and design industries concerned with ensuring that IP rights are valued in the UK and that a legislative regime exists which enables the value and contribution of these rights to be fully realised. Website


The British Phonographic Industry represents the UK’s recorded music industry, which is one of the most exciting and thriving music sectors in the world. British artists account for one in eight albums purchased by fans around the globe. The BPI heads up valuable campaigns such as music matters. Website


The British Copyright Council was founded in 1965 to protect and promote the principles of copyright in the UK. They aim to provide an effective, authoritative and representative voice for the copyright community, and to encourage greater understanding and acceptance of copyright in the UK and around the world. Website



The Creative Coalition Campaign (CCC) brings together rights holders and trade unions across the UK. Its membership includes 31 leading organisations in the film, music, publishing, games, and sport sectors; as well as trade bodies and trade unions. Website


The European Composer and Songwriter Alliance was initiated 2006 in Vienna in the framework of the European Composers’ Congress which resulted in the signature of a Letter of Intent of over 30 associations of composers, setting up a “Federation of European Composers’ Associations”. Website


The Featured Artists Coalition is a voice for featured artists in the changing music industry. The big goals that the FAC work for are fairness, transparency and equality. Website

Fair Trade Music

“Fair Trade Music” is an initiative designed to transform music in much the same way “fair trade” has transformed the value chain for agricultural products such as coffee. Fair Trade Music stands for a fair, transparent and ethical value chain for songwriters, composers, artists and all music rights holders and stakeholders. Website


The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers groups 33 of the largest authors’ societies in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. It represents about 1 million creators and rights holders in the areas of music, audiovisual works, visual arts, and literary and dramatic works. Website

Help Musicians

Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. They help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career. Website


The Intellectual Property Office is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. IPO is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, supported by one public body. Website

Making Music

Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for amateur music, with a membership of over 3,000 groups representing around 170,000 music makers across the UK. As the representative for amateur and community music at a local, national and UK-wide level, Making Music work hard to respond to any threats to music making and to support and encourage measures to help more people experience the joys of singing, playing and experiencing music. Website


The MMF represents over 400 Artist Managers members in the UK, representing over 1,000 of the most successful acts on the planet. Their emphasis is on implementing positive actions to assist their members with a keen eye on the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Website


The Music Publishers Association exists to safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them; represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public; provide publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses; promote an understanding of the value of music and the importance of copyright; and provide information and guidance to members of the public. Website


The Music Producers Guild was conceived and is supported by producers and engineers 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. Campaigns include Credit Where Credit is Due. Website 


The Musicians’ Union represents over 30,000 musicians and work for their members by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, as well as offering services, benefits and advice tailored to individual needs at every career stage. See their Work Not Play campaign. Website


Since 1953, the National Music Council has existed to celebrate and promote the value and enjoyment of music. The landscape in which it operates has changed considerably in that time and there are now a plethora of organisations working in this arena, some of which overlap with the work of NMC. Website


Established in 1934, Phonographic Performance Limited exists to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make recorded music are fairly paid for their work. PPL’s mission is to manage the rights and maximise the earnings from the broadcast and public use of recorded music and videos, and distribute them in the most efficient manner possible. Website

PRS for Music

PRS for Music are a society of songwriters, composers and music publishers who license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of their members and overseas societies, and distribute the resulting royalties to them fairly and efficiently. They promote and protect the value of copyright. Website

PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund

The PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund provides financial help and advice to PRS members suffering hardship due to illness, accident, disability or conditions associated with old age. With over 1,125 grants awarded in 2014, totalling £402,223, it is clear how important the Fund is to members and their dependents in need. Website

PRS for Music Foundation

In 1999, as part of its drive for greater accuracy and efficiency in royalty distributions to members, the PRS for Music Board charged a taskforce of PRS for Music staff and Board members to determine the best way of consolidating and continuing its support for new music in the UK. Their research resulted in the launch of an independent charitable foundation for new music of any genre: PRS for Music Foundation which now receives £1.5m per year from PRS for Music. Website

Sound and Music

Sound and Music is the national charity for new music. Their vision is to create a world where new music and sound prospers, transforming lives, challenging expectations and celebrating the work of its creators. Their work includes composer and artist development, partnerships with a range of organisations, audience development, touring, information and advice, network building, and education. We champion new music and the work of British composers and artists, and seek to ensure that they are at the heart of cultural life and enjoyed by many. Website

UK Music

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. See their campaigns UK Live Music and #Let It Beeb . Website


The World Intellectual Property Organization is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 188 member states. Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Website


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