Industry Resources

We have pulled together an ever-growing list of music industry resources, which you can view either alphabetically or filter by industry sector.  Content is listed here on the basis that it is of general interest and is informative to all.  It isn’t marketplace to promote one individual, service or company over another – please contact us if you wish to advertise on this platform.

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Advertising Producers Association

The Advertising Producers Association is the trade body for production companies, post production and VFX and editing companies making commercials. Its objective is to create the best possible business environment in which its members operate.

http://www.a-p-a.net/

Arts Council England

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts including music.

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/

Arts Council Wales

ACW acts for the development if the arts in Wales through the funding of arts projects and organisations and information services. Check the website for details of the schemes available and links to arts and music resources and training organisations in Wales.

http://www.arts.wales/

Arts Marketing Association

The AMA support arts professionals who are passionate about bringing arts and audiences together. Through a wide range of events, training and resources, it helps members gain the skills to achieve their goals, grow their confidence and strengthen their organisations.

http://www.a-m-a.co.uk/

Arts Professional

A quality news and information service for all arts professionals, incl. jobs, events & courses, news, features and a services directory. Sign up for their free weekly email.

http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/

Association of British Orchestras (ABO)

The ABO is the national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. Its website details its members, and contains news, information as comment on issues and concerns affecting the British orchestral sector.

http://www.abo.org.uk/

Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)

The AIF is a non-profit trade association created to represent and empower independent festivals. Its key aim is to help the businesses of its individual members and overall needs of the independent festival sector.

http://aiforg.com/

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

AIM was established to specifically represent and protect the interests of the UK's independent record companies. It lobbies, negotiates and builds networks on behalf of its eclectic membership base and has been particularly proactive in pioneering licensing agreements for digital media. AIM can offer support and advice to its members on a wide range of issues (including international, business & legal affairs, e-commerce and digital content, etc) through general assistance, surgeries, training and mentoring.

http://www.musicindie.com/home

Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS)

APRS represents and protects the interests of the UK audio industry while promoting the highest standards of professionalism and quality within the sector. In addition to running specialist seminars and short courses for its members, APRS aims to accredit worthwhile music technology courses around the country (Education and Training Initiative). Its website lists accredited institutions and links to recording studios and audio equipment providers across the UK.

http://www2.aprs.co.uk/

Attitude is Everything

Attitude is Everything is a national campaign promoting disabled people's access to UK live music venues and festivals. It advises venue owners and managers nationwide on accessibility issues in the run up to the enforcement of the Disability Discrimination Act in 2004.

http://www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk/

Audience

Monthly trade magazine for the international live music industry. An edited version of the current issue is available online, with good international links for concert and festival promoters. It has a sister publication, LIve UK.

http://www.audience.uk.com/

Awards for All

Funding for community-based projects across the UK

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/funding/Awards-For-All

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BBC Music

The BBC Music pages feature a database of 18,000 artist biographies and albums plus news, reviews, concert listings, radio & TV listings and comprehensive webguides in across a wide range of music genres.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/music

Bemuso

For independent musicians: debunking music business myths and middlemen

http://www.bemuso.com/

Billboard

Weekly international news magazine, containing music, video and home entertainment articles and features on the charts, industry news and reviews. Sign up for a free email newsletter.

http://www.billboard.com/

Breaking Borders

The Breaking Borders schemebrings new music to new audiences across the Northern Counties of Northumberland, Cumbria, Lancashire, Durham, Yorkshire, Cheshire & North Lincolnshire Funding is available, from the Arts Council of England, for tours of new music that can attract new audiences to venues in those counties. This scheme is administered by Generator.

http://www.breakingborders.org.uk/

British Academy of Songwriters Composers and Authors (BASCA)

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers and campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

http://basca.org.uk/

British Black Music

News, interview, training and business information for the UK Black Music scene.

http://www.britishblackmusic.com/

British Institute of Innkeeping

British Library National Sound Archive

British Music, TV & Film Industry Directory

A B2B directory of suppliers, also available online.

http://www.musictvfilm.co.uk/

British Phonographic Industry (BPI)

The BPI is a trade association representing the interests of its 300+ major and independent record labels. It co-owns the Official Charts Company and maintains the industry standard for certifying Gold, Silver and Platinum sales awards. It also owns the BRITS awards.

http://www.bpi.co.uk/default.aspx

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Chambers and Partners

A searchable online directory of UK legal firms with an indication of their speciality, success rates and what they charge.

http://www.chambersandpartners.com/

CMU

CMU Daily is a prominent, widely read and free daily news bulletin for the UK music business. It provides a round-up all the key developments in music and the music business in one handy email dropped into your inbox just before lunchtime each weekday.

http://www.completemusicupdate.com/

Compactlaw.co.uk

This website offers free information in the form of FAQ on legal issues related to employment and company regulations. Specialist publications can also be purchased online

http://www.compactlaw.co.uk/

Companies House

Companies House deals with the incorporation, re-registration and striking off of companies, insolvency and related legislation. It also deals with the provision of company information to the public and you can search for basic information on all companies registered in England and Wales on the website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/companies-house

Concert Promoters Association (CPA)

The CPA is a membership organisation which represents and promotes the interest of concert promoters in all contemporary music genres. It actively lobbies the Government and other industry bodies with regards to health & Safety and licensing issues, ticketing procedures, work permits, radio airplay and promotion and other matters of interest and concern for its members.

http://www.concertpromotersassociation.co.uk/

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardised way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.” Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright.   They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

http://creativecommons.org/

Creative Industries Federation (CIF)

The CIF is national membership organisation for the public arts, cultural education and creative industries. Independent of government, it represents all sectors throughout the UK, bridging public and private sectors.

http://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/

Creative Scotland

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits Scotland. They enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. Creative Scotland distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery.

http://www.creativescotland.com/

Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland

Supporting Scotland’s creative businesses. Provides sector-specific business information and developmental support for creative industry practitioners. The service is free, delivered through its website, an enquiry service, 1:1 advice sessions, seminars, training and networking events.

http://www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk/

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Department of Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

DCMS is a government department which helps make Britain the world’s most creative and exciting place to live, visit and do business. It protects and promotes the UK's cultural and artistic heritage and helps businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-culture-media-sport

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E-commerce Know How

EMI Music Sound Foundation

This funding organisation provides two types of awards (1) Instrument and/ or Equipment awards for schools, music teachers and individuals in full time education who may apply directly to the Foundation for assistance with the purchase of musical instruments and/or equipment. (2) Bursary awards allow students at the colleges/ organisations detailed on its website to apply for assistance with fees and/ or living expenses.

http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/

Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA)

The Entertainment Retailers Association is a UK trade organisation formed specifically to act as a forum for the physical and digital retail and wholesale sectors of the music, video and videogames industries. ERA works closely with the supplier organisations such as the BPI, the BVA and UKIE in areas of relevant to entertainment retail. ERA also participates in a number of related bodies such as the VSC, BBFC, The Industry Trust and the Alliance for Intellectual Property. ERA also exists to communicate and negotiate with government departments and local authorities on behalf of its members, to monitor legislation affecting its members and to oppose any legislation which might be contrary to member's interests.

http://www.eraltd.org/

Equity

Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work it does with, and on behalf of, its members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.

http://www.equity.org.uk/home/

EUCLID

EUCLID helps arts, heritage, culture & creative industries to access EU funding.   EUCLID is the European Commission's official cultural contact point for the EU funding programmes for arts and cultural projects in the UK. It holds regular seminars on European funding and can assist in the application process. The website features general guidelines and a searchable database of resources for the arts and cultural sector in Europe.

http://www.euclid.info/

Europe Jazz Network

Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is an association of European producers and presenters who specialise in contemporary jazz and improvised musics. EJN is a non-profit organisation that aims to promote collaboration and improve organisational efficiency in the programming of concerts and tours and the working conditions of musicians, agents, promoters across Europe. The site offers links to record labels, promoters, management agencies, organisations, publications and other international jazz resources and news

http://www.europejazz.net/

European Composer And Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

ECSA is a professional alliance formed by over 40 associations of composers and songwriters from all over Europe.  The main objective of the alliance is to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at the national, European and international level by any legal means.  ECSA advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve social and economic development of music creation in Europe.

http://composeralliance.org/

European Cultural Foundation

The ECF is an independent advocacy and grant making body promoting intercultural dialogue and working to strengthen Europe's cultural dimension. More on its agenda, funding programme and eligibility criteria can be found online.

http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/

European Festival Association

YOUROPE provides a forum for its 32 festival members across Europe to encourage collaboration, best working, safety and environmental practices, and to facilitate the exchange of performing talent across borders. Visit the website for contact details of festivals across Europe and other useful information.

http://www.yourope.org/

European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals

The European Forum is a network of 48 major European festivals in the area of world, ethnic, traditional and roots music. In addition to organising Strictly Mundial, ' a worldwide music fiesta' for professionals, the Forum facilitates European tours, issues joint publications and releases promotional CDs.

http://www.efwmf.org/

European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers RENAMED: Authors Societies

Authors’ societies are the vital link between creators and the users of their creative works. Based in Brussels, GESAC groups 24 of the largest European author's societies (including the PRS) and represents their interests within the EU.

http://www.authorsocieties.eu/

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Featured Artists' Coalition

The Featured Artists Coalition campaigns for the protection of UK performers' and musicians' rights. The FAC want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age.

http://thefac.org/

Federation of Musicians (FIM)

FIM is an international organisation for musicians’ unions, guilds and professional associations. Its main objective is to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians represented by its member unions.

http://www.fim-musicians.org/about-fim/history/

Festival Magazine

An annual planning-season supplement of LIVE UK, published in December, February, March and April – when the bulk of festival production deals are concluded – providing news, features, information and events data for the business people behind festivals. From May to October, it becomes a four-page section within LIVE UK.

http://www.liveuk.com/festival_news.php

French Music Bureau

bureauexport is a French non-profit organisation & network that helps French & international music professionals work together to develop French-produced music around the world.

http://www.french-music.org/home.html

Fundraising.co.uk

Although it is dedicated to the charity sector, this valuable resource website offers useful technological info and tips on e-fundraising that may inspire online marketing strategies for small businesses.

http://fundraising.co.uk/

Future of Music

Future of Music Coalition (FMC) is a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization supporting a musical ecosystem where artists flourish and are compensated fairly and transparently for their work.

http://www.futureofmusic.org/

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Generator

Generator is a music development agency based in the North of England. It supports musicians and music businesses in the north through advice, training & workshops, live events, publications and a range of projects aimed at developing skills in marketing, promotion and work within the music industry. Generator also works with other UK organisations such as the Musicians Union, Arts Council, the collection societies, the MODAL convention, etc, managing several support schemes such as Transit and Breaking Borders for regional promoters and touring bands, and META, the online information resource project. Visit the Generator website for info sheets on the music business and details of the various support schemes available.

http://www.generator.org.uk/

Generator Northern Ireland

The Generator NI programme supports the development of new markets, knowledge and networks for Northern Ireland's music business and also seeks to foster and stimulate cross-sector links within the wider creative industries.

http://www.generatorni.com/

Grants Online

A searchable online database of national and European funding sources, complete with useful grants directory and mind-maps.   The company can also consult and assist in your applications for funding.

https://www.grantsonline.org.uk/

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Handle

London-based recruitment agency specialising in the media and entertainment industry.

https://www.handle.co.uk/

Health & Safety Executive

HSE ensures that risks to people's health and safety from work activities are properly controlled. A section of the website is specifically dedicated to small businesses.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. Formerly the Musicians Benevolent Fund, it helps at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving musicians the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.   Specifically, it helps promising young artists in all genres to improve their skills and get started in the profession. It helps existing professionals who hit a crisis in their lives, such as accident or illness. And it helps musicians in retirement and those needing special help as they grow older.

https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/

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Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

The ISM is the UK's professional association for musicians. It promotes the art of music and upholds the honour and status of the musical profession by protecting the interests of musicians, raising professional standards, and providing legal advice and other benefits to its 5,000 members, who include teachers, performers, composers, conductors, organists, writers and others involved in professional musical work. The ISM holds conferences and seminars on topics of current interest and has a network of regional centres. Its website offers useful links and access to information sheets on careers and professional practice, and to recommended rates.

http://www.ism.org/

Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA)

Formed in April 2000 by prominent independent labels and national trade associations, IMPALA has over 4,000 members. It is a non-profit making organisation with a scientific and artistic purpose, dedicated to cultural SMEs, the key to growth and jobs in Europe.

http://www.impalamusic.org/

Industrial Common Ownership Finance Ltd

Co-operative & Community Finance is the trading name of the ICOF family of businessess. ICOF specifically provides loan finance and financial advice for co-operatives, employee-owned businesses and social enterprises.

https://coopfinance.coop/

Inland Revenue

Comprehensive online service featuring news and information on Tax and National Insurance matters in the UK for individuals, self-employed, businesses (including e-commerce, VAT, etc), complete with specific helplines, booklets, assessment tools, etc.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs

Institute of Broadcast Sound

The Institute of Broadcast Sound is a forum for all audio professionals working within broadcasting in production and postproduction. Members can access specialised information and attend regular meetings and seminars (some open to non-members). Visit the website for more details and good links to related resources.

http://www.ibs.org.uk/

International Artist Managers Association

IAMA is the leading worldwide association for classical music artist managers and concert agents. IAMA is a membership organisation,

http://www.iamaworld.com/

International Association of Entertainment Lawyers (IAEL)

IAEL members are all lawyers, either in private practice or industry, whose areas of expertise cover nearly every aspect of entertainment law. The IAEL provides a specialist, international forum for the sharing of knowledge and experience of legal and commercial issues of interest and concern to its members.

http://www.iael.org/

International Bureau of Societies Administering the Recording & Mechanical Reproduction Rights

BIEM is an international organisation representing the interests of mechanical rights administration societies in 38 countries.   It lobbies international institutions and aims to promote collaboration between its member societies worldwide. Its UK member is the Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society.

http://www.biem.org/index.php?lang=en

International Confederation of Authors and Composers - CISAC

CISAC is the world’s leading network of authors’ societies (also referred to as Collective Management Organisations, or CMOs). CISAC works to protect the rights and promote the interests of creators worldwide. It enables collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world. To this end, CISAC provides the highest business, legal, and IT standards to protect creators’ rights and to support the development of the international network of collective management societies.

http://www.cisac.org/

International Federation of the Phonographic Industry - IFPI

The IFPI is the organisation representing the recording industry worldwide, comprising 1,500 member record companies across 76 countries. Members range from the major record companies to small independent producers. IFPI has national groups in 46 countries and its international Secretariat is based in London with links to regional offices in Brussels, Hong Kong, Miami and Moscow. The organisation's mission is to fight music piracy, promote fair market access and good copyright laws, help develop the legal conditions for the music industry to prosper in the digital era, and promote the value of music worldwide. Visit the website for industry data and information on copyrights and piracy at international level and protection technology such as the International Standard Recording Code (see separate entry) and the new copy control logo for CDs.

http://www.ifpi.org/

International Live Music Conference - ILMC

ILMC is the leading annual gathering of professionals involved in the global touring, festival and live entertainment industries.

http://www.ilmc.com/

International Standard Musical Work Code

ISWC is a unique, permanent and internationally recognized ISO reference number for the identification of musical works.

http://www.iswc.org/

International Standard Recording Code

ISRC is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings, enabling recordings to be uniquely and permanently identified. ISRC helps to avoid ambiguity and simplifies the management of rights when recordings are used across different formats, distribution channels or products. The ISRC for a recording remains a fixed point of reference when the recording is used across different services, across borders, or under different licensing deals. ISRC is widely used by producers of recordings, by digital services and by Music Licensing Companies.

http://isrc.ifpi.org/en/

Intomusic.co.uk

Relaunched in 2014, intomusic offers recommendations and searches on around 25 million legal music track downloads.

http://www.intomusic.co.uk/

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J4b.co.uk

Idox’s suite of media platforms offers access to thousands of funding opportunities for businesses, community groups and students across the UK & Ireland.

http://www.j4b.co.uk/

JazzUK

Built on the 30 year track record of support for jazz musicians across the Country, JazzUK is the new face of Jazz Services.   It is a progressive organisation that unites the jazz and wider artistic communities by sharing the power of jazz music to increasingly greater and diverse audiences. Its mission is facilitate those who play jazz to entertain those who love to listen, and to encourage the next generation to fall in love with jazz.

http://jazzuk.org.uk/

JazzWise

Jazzwise, the UK's biggest selling jazz monthly and the leading English language jazz magazine in Europe, has changed the way jazz magazines look and think with a stunning editorial and design package that reaches out to both the new jazz audience and established fans.

http://www.jazzwisemagazine.com/

Joint Audio Media Education Service (JAMES)

JAMES is a consortium of music and entertainment industry organisations collaborating in the support of education and promotion of excellence. Assessed by industry professionals, it engages with education primarily through its Course Accreditation process which is designed to endorse relevance, quality and continuing innovation throughout the student curriculum.

http://www.jamesonline.org.uk/

Judy Fisher Associates

London-based recruitment agency specialising in the arts and media.

http://www.judyfisher.co.uk/

Julie's Bicycle

Julie’s Bicycle is a leading global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries. Founded by the UK music industry in 2007, JB now work with cultural organisations across the UK and internationally, to help them measure, manage and reduce their environmental impacts. The JB website constitutes the most comprehensive resource library on environmental sustainability specifically for the arts and culture anywhere, over 2,000 companies use the JB Creative IG Tools suite of sector-specific carbon calculators, and the Creative Green certification scheme is the recognised benchmark for sustainability achievement within the creative industries. Julie's Bicycle offers consultancy, certification, workshops and events, and free access to guides, tools, and case studies. 

http://www.juliesbicycle.com

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LIVE UK

A publication dedicated to the UK’s contemporary live music business, providing news, features, tour plans and information to the people that drive the industry – promoters, festival organisers, venue operators, artiste managers, booking agents, ticketing companies, media and key professionals indozens of related sectors. It's sister publication Audience covers the international contemporary live music scene.

http://www.liveuk.com/

LiveWire

Tthe UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30, Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland).

http://www.shell-livewire.org/

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Mail2Web

Retrieve your e-mails from any computer.

http://www.mail2web.com/

Making Music

Making Music is a membership organisation supporting amateur and semi-professional music groups, including choirs, orchestras and music promoters in the UK. It assists its members through lobbying activities, information, funding and training opportunities and a comprehensive range of artistic and administrative services.

https://www.makingmusic.org.uk/

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)

The Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS) represents members’ mechanical rights, whenever a piece of music is reproduced as a physical product.

http://www.prsformusic.com/pages/rights.aspx

Miami Winter Music Conference

Established in 1985, WMC is the largest longstanding EDM and dance music industry gathering of its kind and is a platform for the advancement of the industry. During WMC, music enthusiasts, artists, DJs and industry delegates from over 70 countries converge on Miami Beach for a concentrated schedule of more than 400 events, parties, seminars and workshops.

http://wintermusicconference.com/

MIDEM

Annual international music industry trade show held in January in Cannes, France.

http://www.midem.com/

MOBO

MOBO has grown to become Europe’s leading urban music brand, and supports a huge variety of genres not just at the annual Awards but year-round through a series of initiatives. Featuring: artists news, links to records labels, radios, publications and urban music websites, plus information on the annual MasterCard MOBO Awards and the Raymond Weil MOBO Unsung competition for unsigned talents.

http://www.mobo.com/

Music Industries Association

MIA is a trade association representing the interests of all UK businesses selling musical instruments and associated products and services. In addition to lobbying Government, the association provides commercial and legal information to its members through publications, training, industry statistics, etc.   An extensive list of suppliers and retailers can also be found on the website.

http://www.mia.org.uk/

Music Industry News Network

A large New York portal entirely dedicated to news related to music, the music industry, music media and new media.

http://www.mi2n.com/

Music Managers Forum

MMF is a membership organisation which represents the interests of managers and artists in the UK. In addition to its lobbying and campaigning actions, MMF provides advice and information on a wide range of professional and business issues affecting new and established managers. It also runs regular specialist seminars and short courses in London, Birmingham, and Manchester, accessible to non-members.

http://themmf.net/

Music Producers Guild (MPG)

MPG represents those involved in the music production and recording professions. Membership benefits include legal and small business advice, discounted B2B rates, seminars, training and social events to encourage networking within the field.   its website features resources and articles on music production technology.

https://www.mpg.org.uk/

Music Publishers Association (MPA)

The MPA is a membership organisation representing the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them, particularly in relation to copyright protection. It provides general careers advice to its members and organises industry seminars (some are open to non-members). its website holds details of music publishers and features a useful Q&A section about music publishing.

http://www.mpaonline.org.uk/

Music Teacher Magazine

Music Teacher tackles important issues of relevance to people concerned with all aspects of music education. News of courses and seminars, competitions and grants, music technology, analyses of set works, conference reports, tips on instrumental teaching, performers in education, music reviews, books reviews and letters. Published by Rhinegold, monthly.

http://www.rhinegold.co.uk/rhinegold-publishing/magazines/music-teacher/

Music Venue Trust

The Music Venue Trust was created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network. Its immediate focus is on securing the long term future of the grassroots iconic venues which make up the ‘toilet circuit’ and which have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the last 40 years. MVT has a clear 5 year plan to ensure those venues continue to play their vital role in supporting the British music success story.

http://musicvenuetrust.com/

Music Week

Weekly UK publication 'for everyone in the business of music'. Features: charts, airplay info, industry news and reviews plus a classifieds section.   Free MW directory with every subscription.

http://www.musicweek.com/

Musically

Having started as an in-house research facility for MCPS/ PRS, the Musically by-monthly technology report sifts through all the latest news stories, announcements and new technology developments affecting the music business. You can subscribe and view a sample issue online.

http://musically.com/

Musicians' Union

The MU represents the interests of musicians in all genres, and offers a range of advice and information through its branches across the UK. Visit the website for contact details of your local MU, general information on contracts, health & safety, touring and copyrights, and access to MAESTRO, the MU online resource dedicated to industry mentors and advisers.

http://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/

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National Arenas Association (NAA)

The NAA was founded in 1991 as a forum for managers of concert and event venues with a minimum indoor seated capacity of 5,000. It has links with the European Arenas Association.

http://www.nationalarenasassociation.com/

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)

As the UK's only national endowment, an Act of Parliament established NESTA in 1998. It was given £200 million from National Lottery funds, and it uses the interest on this endowment to invest in the UK's talent, innovation and creativity.

http://www.nesta.org.uk/

National Federation of Enterprise Agencies

NFEA is the network of not-for-profit Local Enterprise Agencies across the UK, promoting economic regeneration through assistance to small firms. Find your local LEA adviser on the NFEA website to access a range of advice and services for your small business, particularly at pre-start and start-up level.

http://www.nationalenterprisenetwork.org/

National Music Council (NMC)

The National Music Council promotes the interests of the UK music industry as a whole. It facilitates the sharing of information between industry organisations and trade bodies through an annual series of lectures and debates, and provides the means for informing and influencing decision-makers. The NMC is also responsible for major research projects, including statistical research into the economic value of the UK music industry, which is updated every three years.

http://www.nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk/

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Ofcom

Ofcom is the communications regulator in the UK, regulating the TV, radio and video on demand sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.   Accountable to Parliament, it sets and enforces regulatory rules for the sectors for which it has responsibility.   It also has powers to enforce competition law in those sectors, alongside the Competition and Markets Authority.

http://www.ofcom.org.uk/

Orchestras Live

Orchestras Live is a national music charity, passionate that people from all backgrounds should have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy the highest quality orchestral provision, regardless of their age or geographical location.

http://www.orchestraslive.org.uk/

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Patents advice (gov.uk)

Details on: Patent forms and fees; searching for a patent; how to renew a patent; 1 October 2014: changes to design and patent law. And more...

https://www.gov.uk/topic/intellectual-property/patents

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

Established in 1934, PPL exists to ensure that those who invest their time, talent and money to make music are fairly paid for their work. PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast on the radio or TV and then distributes the fees to its performer and record company members.

http://www.ppluk.com/

Pop4Schools

Pop4Schools is a unique and creative teaching tool that uses the power of pop music to bring aspiration, inspiration and fun to learning life lessons, raising standards from 5–15 years of age.

http://www.pop4schools.com/

Production Services Association

The PSA is the trade association for companies and individuals involved in the live event production industry. Their aim is to represent, improve, educate and develop the business of technical production for live events. Sample contracts, list of courses, job vacancies and related industry news can be found on the website, along with good links to resources for the planning of live events.

http://www.psa.org.uk/

Professional Lighting & Sound Association (PLASA)

The UK's association for the entertainment technology industry, PLASA offers a wide range of services and benefits to its members, aimed at giving real advantages in areas of business and information. It can negotiate reduced prices for major services and provides advice on business, technical and regulatory issues. The non-member areas of the website feature useful Q&A, good international industry links (in the 'Association' section) and information on trade fairs around the world, including the PLASA Show held annually in London.

https://www.plasa.org/

PRS For Music

PRS For Music is a royalty collection agency working on behalf of composers and music publishers with regards to the public performance and broadcast of their work through traditional and new media. The basic principles of royalty collection and distribution are explained on its website, which also features information on how artists/ publishers can register work and businesses can obtain a license for the public performance of copyright music.

https://www.prsformusic.com

PRS For Music Foundation

The UK’s leading funder of new music across all genres. Their overall aim is to increase the public's exposure to new British music and to encourage, promote and stimulate UK music creation and its performance of all genres and at all levels of activity. They do this through open grant schemes which are available to musicians and organisations four times per year and partnership programmes which we lead in response to specific needs and gaps in funding.

http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/

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Record Of The Day

Record of the Day is an independent company publishing a weekly PDF magazine and a daily email newsletter featuring the most relevant and up-to-date music and media news imaginable. The service also features soundclips of exciting forthcoming hits chosen by our expert editors as well as a meticulous archive of past issues.

http://www.recordoftheday.com/

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)

RIAA represents the US recording industry, working to support its members and protect intellectual property rights worldwide. Visit the website for a lowdown on new media and online music, anti-piracy systems, and US and world market data and statistics.

http://www.riaa.com/

Recordproduction.com

UK/US resource website dedicated to record producers and recording studio personnel, including professionals' interviews, equipment reviews, tips, good related links, plus a career section.

http://www.recordproduction.com/

RoJaRo

The world's largest alternative music magazine index covering many genres, fanzines and record label information.

http://www.rojaro.com/

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SearchEngineWatch.com

Search engine submission tips and other related tools.

https://searchenginewatch.com/

Serious Ltd

Serious Ltd promotes world music, jazz, folk through major events including London Jazz Festival and Serious Summer at the London South Bank Centre.

http://www.serious.org.uk/

Shazam

Shazam is a mobile app that recognizes music and TV around you.

http://www.shazam.com/

Showcase International Music Book

International Showcase directory provides over 750 pages of essential contact information on almost 10,000 companies and individuals involved in providing specialist services to the music business.

http://www.showcase-music.com/

SkillSet

Creative Skillset is the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. It works across film, television, radio, fashion and textiles, animation, games, visual effects, publishing, advertising and marketing communications.   It works with and for the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent, supporting productivity and employability.

http://creativeskillset.org/

Society for Producers and Composers of Applied Music (PCAM)

PCAM is a membership association representing the composers of music for advertising, TV programmes and other audio-visual media.   It provides general administrative advice and can make recommendations about charges, license fees and contracts, some of which are published on its website along with a directory of composers and sound designers. PCAM also runs an educational outreach programme aimed particularly at university and college students in media music courses, and can deliver seminars on basic music administration.

http://www.pcam.co.uk/

Songlink International

London-based publication that provides information to publishers and songwriters about who is looking for songs and contacts, and circulates lists of singers/ songwriters looking for opportunities worldwide.

http://www.songlink.com/

Sound Connections

Sound Connections are a charity that believe every child and young person in London should have the opportunity to experience music-making. Over the last ten years, Sound Connections has worked in partnership to strengthen the music sector, bridge gaps in provision and deliver landmark music programmes.

http://www.sound-connections.org.uk/

Sound on Sound

Europe's leading high-tech recording music magazine', featuring in-depth technology and equipment reviews, professional interviews, tutorials and workshops for beginners and professionals, demo reviews, etc. Published monthly, or online.

http://www.soundonsound.com/

Sound Sense

Sound Sense is the UK development agency for community music. It assists the professional development of musicians and others working in community music through events, information, publications and an advice line.   Contacts and information about the sector can be found on the website, which also contains a section on music and disability. A free information pack is also available.

http://www.soundsense.org/metadot/index.pl

South by SouthWest (SXSW)

International music and media conference and festival held annually in March in Austin, Texas.

http://www.sxsw.com/

Student Radio Association

The UK Student Radio Association is an organisation run to enable, encourage and act on behalf of the UK student radio community. it represents radio stations linked to educational establishments, as well as individual students participating in radio and audio projects, and works with industry bodies to offer advice, support and opportunities to our members.

http://www.studentradio.org.uk/

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TAXI

A US subscription-based, independent A&R company which helps unsigned bands, artists and songwriters get their music directly to A&R professionals in labels, publishing, film and TV.

http://www.taxi.com/

The Agents Association

The Agents Association represents the interests of entertainment agents in the UK. It lobbies government with regards to legislation and seeks to disseminate and maintain the best standards in the industry. The website features a searchable directory of UK agents in all sectors of the entertainment industry.

http://www.agents-uk.com/

The BRIT Trust

The BRIT Trust is the charitable arm of the BPI (see separate entry). It distributes small grants for projects that aim "to encourage young people in the exploration and pursuit of educational, cultural or therapeutic benefits emanating from music", excluding individual grants, scholarships or capital grants.

http://www.brittrust.co.uk/

The British Council, Performing Arts Department (Music)

The British Council creates and consolidates cross-cultural links between the UK and other countries, encouraging UK practitioners to export their skills and services by showcasing their work at home and overseas. The Performing Arts Department can offer advice and sometimes, financial assistance for any form of high quality overseas music project. Visit the website for more details.

http://music.britishcouncil.org/

The British Venture Capital Association

The BVCA promotes the private equity industry for the benefit of entrepreneurs and investors. Its "Sources of Business Angel Capital" guide, available online, provides a good introduction to how private equity and business angels work, along with details of the different business angel networks in the UK and the type of companies they've funded.

http://www.bvca.co.uk/

The Directory of Social Change

DSC provides training and information to the charity sector. It publishes a range of fundraising guides to help organisations identify national and international sources of funding from the private and public sectors.

https://www.dsc.org.uk/

The Educational Recording Agency Ltd

ERA supports the education sector by making it easy for schools, colleges and universities to harness the power of audio-visual broadcast material for non-commercial educational purposes

http://www.era.org.uk/

The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers

The home of songwriting for all songwriters, composers, singer songwriters, performing artistes, lyicists, DJs, poets and all those involved in the music industry. The Guild of International Songwriters & Composers are the publishers of Songwriting & Composing Magazine since 1986, which is the songwriting magazine for songwriters & composers getting you connected with the music industry

http://www.songwriters-guild.co.uk/

The Institute of Broadcast Sound

The IBS was founded in 1977 by sound balancers in radio and television, who felt a need for a better interchange of ideas between practitioners in the various areas of broadcast audio.

http://www.ibs.org.uk/

The Knowledge

A resource website for the UK TV, film and video industry with the contact details of all traditional and digital TV channels and other related organisations in the UK and abroad. The Knowledge has over 20,000 UK and international production suppliers details.

http://www.theknowledgeonline.com/

The Law Society

The Law Society is the representative and regulatory body for solicitors of England and Wales. The portal features authoritative information in all areas of law including commercial law, company law, tax law, plus many excellent links to legal and corporate resources nationally and internationally.

http://www.lawsociety.org.uk/

The Music

A music portal for Australian music, artists and all aspects of the Australian music industry, featuring news and articles and a comprehensive industry directory for Australia.

http://themusic.com.au/

The Music Education Council

The Music Education Council (MEC) acts as a medium for bringing together in a working relationship those organisations and institutions in the United Kingdom involved in music education and music education training, thereby creating a common meeting ground and opportunities for the exchange of information and the promotion of joint or connected activities.

http://www.mec.org.uk/

The Music Market/ Arts & Media

London-based recruitment agency specialising in the music industry.

http://www.artsandmedia.org/home

The Official Charts Company (OCC)

The Official Charts are the UK’s only official, trusted weekly barometer of what’s popular in music right now. Initially formed in 1998 to manage the future development of the charts in the fast-moving entertainment industry, the OCC is a joint venture operation owned by two key music industry bodies: the BPI (representing the British recorded music industry) and the Entertainment Retailers Association (representing entertainment retailers and digital services from HMV, supermarkets and indie stores through to Amazon MP3, Spotify and Netflix). Its role is to commission, market, distribute and manage the UK's official music and video charts.

http://www.officialcharts.com/

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides low interest loans, grants and business mentors to 18-30 year olds who are unemployed or underemployed and have a viable business idea, but lack sufficient funding.

https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/

The Radio Academy

The Radio Academy is a registered charity dedicated to the encouragement, recognition and promotion of excellence in UK radio broadcasting and audio production.

http://www.radioacademy.org/

The Showman's Directory

Business directory for event organisers and the live entertainment industry (only available in hard copy).

http://www.showmans-directory.co.uk/

The Stage

The Stage provides news and services for the UK entertainment and performing arts industry. and is widely read amongst those with an involvement or interest in the rich performing arts industry in Great Britain and beyond.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/

The Unsigned Guide (3rd Ed.)

A valuable handbook full of resources for UK unsigned and emerging talent. More than a contacts book, this publication includes contributions from the BPI, the IFPI, The Musicians' Union and individuals of note.

http://www.theunsignedguide.com/

The White Book

A comprehensive B2B directory covering music and the arts. Available in hard copy and online, by subscription

http://www.whitebook.co.uk/

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Virtualfestivals.com

Lists of music festivals in the UK and abroad with links to their official websites.

Virtualfestivals.com

Visiting Arts

Visiting Arts is the national agency for promoting the flow of international arts into the UK and developing related cultural links worldwide.   Activities include advice, information, training for artists, arts managers and cultural officers, consultancy, publications. It also offers financial support for UK-based promoters of quality foreign work, including the Creative Collaborations in Music Awards. The website offers good resources for the promotion of international arts, including info on UK festivals and a very useful Red-Tape section for foreign artists visiting the UK (inc. working permits, visas, medical covers, etc). Visit the Notice Board section to keep in touch with funding and event announcements and other opportunities.

http://www.visitingarts.org.uk/home/

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Welcomeurope.com

A gateway to private and public European funding searchable by sector, complete with practical advice.

http://www.welcomeurope.com/

Women in Music

Women in Music raises awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development.

http://www.womeninmusic.org.uk/

WOMEX

WOMEX is an international networking platform for the world music industry. The annual five-day event comprises a bustling Trade Fair, Showcase Festival, Conference, and Film programme, as well as festive Opening and Award ceremonies.

http://www.womex.com/

World Intellectual Property Organisation

The 'General Information' section of this massive web resource on Intellectual Property features a useful section dedicated to SMEs.

http://www.wipo.int/portal/en/index.html

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Youth Music

The National Foundation for Youth Music aims to promote music making among young people up to 18 years of age through the funding of community projects, particularly in areas of social and economic deprivation. Visit the website for details on the various schemes available and to find a Youth Music regional co-coordinator, plus good links to national and regional music resources including grant making trusts.

http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/