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Key UK Industry Bodies – MusicTank

Key UK Industry Bodies

Key UK music industry trade bodies and non-profit organisations – who they are and what they do…

AIM | BPIBASCA | CPA | Creators’ Rights Alliance | ECSA | EMMA | FAC | ISMMMFMPG | Music Publisher’s Association | Music Venue Trust | MUNational Music Council | PCAM | PPL | PRS for Music | UK Music

AIM – Association of Independent Music

AIM was established to specifically represent and protect the interests of UK 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 offers 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.

BPI – British Phonographic Industry

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.

BASCA – British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (formerly BACS)

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.

CPA– Concert Promoters Association

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, licensing issues, ticketing procedures, work permits, radio airplay and promotion and other matters of interest and concern for its members.

Creators’ Rights Alliance

The Creators’ Rights Alliance brings together the major organisations representing copyright creators and content providers throughout the media.

ECSA (the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance)

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.


EMMA (the European Music Managers Alliance)

The European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA) brings together music manager representative bodies from the UK, France, Sweden, Netherlands, Poland, Norway and Finland – with links to similar organisations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

FAC – Featured Artists Coalition

The Featured Artists Coalition campaigns for the protection of UK performers’ and musicians’ rights.  An artist membership organisation, 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.

ISM – Incorporated Society of Musicians

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.

MMF –  Music Managers Forum

MMF is a membership organisation, which represents the interests of artist 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.

MPG – Music Producers Guild

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.

MPA – Music Publishers Association

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.

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 grassroots iconic venues which make up the ‘toilet circuit’ and which have played a crucial role in the development of British music over the past 40 years. 

MVT has a clear 5-year plan to ensure those venues continue to play their vital role in supporting British music’s success story.

MU – Musician’s 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.  Its website contains 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.

National Music Council

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.

PCAM – Society for the Producers & Composers of Applied Music

PCAM was formed in 1982 as an industry forum for practitioners of advertising music and soon established its reputation as a respected and influential group campaigning for composers’ rights in all forms of applied music. 

More than 30 years-on, it boasts a membership that comprises the most influential and prolific composers in advertising and media with over a hundred members representing several hundred writers.

PPL – Phonographic Performance Ltd

PPL is a collecting society which licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast on the radio or TV and distributes the fees collected to its performer and record company members.  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.

PRS for Music (formerly MCPS-PRS Alliance)

PRS For Music is a collecting society working on behalf of composers and music publishers with regards to the public performance and broadcast of their work through traditional and digital 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.

UK Music

UK Music is the umbrella organisation, which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry – from songwriters and composers, musicians, artists and studio producers, to music managers, music publishers, record labels and music licensing organisations.  Its members comprise AIM, BASCA, BPI, FAC, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, UK Live Music, PPL and PRS for Music.

See industry resources and industry insights for a full list of other organisations and their publications.