Here are some links to organisations that support musicians and the wider music industry. As well as helping you as a musician, they could give you ideas for jobs – you don’t have to play music to be in the music industry! A complete B Sharp music resource menu can be found in Links to Progress your Music Interests and Journey. More specialist organisations are listed in B Sharp Resources related to
- Classical Music
- Health, illness, injury and disability (a few are listed below)
- Music Educator Organisations
- Training, colleges and progression routes
Does organisational membership matter? An examination of the relationship between being a member of an organisation and income. A presentation at Music: Parts and labor conference at New York University, April 2012.
Organisations for Musicians and Music Industry
Agents Association (GB) Member Agents represent all kinds of performers, celebrities and musicians within all areas of the Light Entertainment Industry. If you are an artist or performer seeking an agent then this site gives you access to our full list of members, all of whom follow our strict code of conduct.
Association of Blind Piano Tuners website contains information about everything related to pianos, from history, makers, movers, teachers, tuners and more.
The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) is a membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene.
The Association of Independent Festivals is a non-profit trade association created to represent UK independent music festivals.
Association of Independent Music (AIM) is a non-profit-making trade organisation for independent music organisations in the UK. It looks after over 800 of the UK’s independent record labels. Twitter: @AIM_UK
Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) promotes the highest standards of professionalism and quality within the audio industry. Its members are recording studios, post-production houses, mastering, replication, pressing and duplicating facilities, and providers of education and training, as well as record producers, audio engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. Its primary aim is to develop and maintain excellence at all levels within the UK’s audio industry.
Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry to implement a Charter of Best Practice across the UK. Other resources online. Twitter: @attitudetweets
The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students worldwide by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.
Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is a membership organisation for writers run by its Members, for its Members. It
- Protects and promotes the rights of authors writing in all disciplines
- Ensures authors receive fair payment for the various uses of their work
BandName Worldwide search and registration of band names. Why Register? Establishing prior usage is a key component in protecting your name and avoiding unwelcome legal challenges. The Worldwide Registry notifies artists and labels where potential territorial name conflicts exist and registers your historical claim to ‘name’ usage. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BASCA – British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors 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.
BBC Music – Music across the BBC.
BECTU is the independent trade union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, leisure, interactive media and allied areas.
Concert Promoters Association works to promote the interests of its members and to represent them at a national level, both to the public and other organisations. It has a code of conduct that is worth following even if you are not a member e.g. you may be putting on a gig as a band/musician or organising a charity fundraising concert. If you are starting out as a promoter, it may be worth reading B Sharp’s Ideas into Action event planning advice.
Design and Artists Copyright Society is by artists for artists, DACS is a not-for-profit visual arts rights management organisation. Relevant for artists producing work for album/CD covers etc.
Dorset Community Action support the development of the voluntary sector through information, networking, representation, building capacity, and filling gaps as well as supporting and enabling initiatives in rural communities. They helped B Sharp with advice on organisational structure – we are now a charity limited by guarantee.
- Access and participation
- Arts and Environment
- Children & Young people
- Health and well-being
- Stronger organisations
List of Electronic Music Record Labels.
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 video games industries.
Featured Artists Coalition campaigns for the protection of UK performers’ and musicians’ rights. They want all artists to have more control of their music and a much fairer share of the profits it generates in the digital age.
The Federation Against Copyright Theft is the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of it’s members’ intellectual property.
Generator is the Uk’s leading Music Development Agency. It currently produces robust programmes in the areas of music business development in a regional context, musician support (including the development of commercial viability of artists). Live music (most significantly in supporting promoters) and in supporting and representing the music development sector.
International Association of Music Libraries exists to represent and promote the interests of music librarians and libraries, music–related archives and music information providers. They have an excellent resource page with links to loads of interesting information about music.
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry represents the recording industry worldwide. Its mission is to
- Promote the value of recorded music
- Safeguard the rights of record producers
- Expand the commercial uses of recorded music
International Music Council, founded by UNESCO in 1949, is the world’s largest network of organizations and institutions working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all peoples. Through its members and their networks, IMC has direct access to over 1000 organisations in some 150 countries and to 200 million persons eager to develop and share knowledge and experience on diverse aspects of musical life.
Jazz Services A charity for all things Jazz. On this website you’ll find information on the various services they offer to industry professionals and the general public, a Directory of useful contacts from across the jazz sector, advice and resources for jazz education, career development and international work, a section on British jazz history, links and much more.
Making Music UK. Twitter: Making Music is the UK’s number one organisation for voluntary music, with over 3000 member groups. Has a map and links to groups in the UK and by region. Resource to find a teacher, events, advice and much more. Twitter: @MakingMusic_UK
MIA (Music Industries Association) The trade association for the UK musical instrument industry. All MIA shops subscribe to a code of conduct and standards. Search for your nearest MIA shop and for music teachers on the MIA website.
The MMF works 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. The MMF is the largest representative body of Artist Management in the world. They have over 400 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 members with a keen eye on the ‘next generation’ of entrepreneurs and innovators.
MOBO Music Of Black Origin. Founded in 1996, the MOBO Organisation was established by Kanya King MBE to recognise the outstanding achievements of artists who perform music in genres ranging from Gospel, Jazz, RnB, Soul, Reggae to Hip Hop. Over the past 17 years MOBO has played an instrumental role in elevating black music and culture to mainstream popular status in the UK.
Music facts and statistics for the UK Interesting data about music in the UK, covering UK market size and value, digital music, live music, export performance, research and publications. Compiled by The Creative Industries.
Musicians Union. A globally respected organisation of over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.
Music in Offices is the UK’s leading provider of workplace choirs and instrumental tuition programmes. “Did you know that we have initiated over 30 office choirs? Music tuition, performances, choirs and workshops… all from the comfort of your office.” Twitter: @MIOLondon
Musicpages is a unique one stop shop directory for all your musical needs. Whether you are looking to buy an instrument or music accessories, hire a teacher, source manufacturers and repairers, compare courses and educational institutions, find an agent or hire an ensemble/performer; musicpages will help you find the answer quicker and easier than any other online or print source.
Music Producers Guild. An independent, democratic organisation encouraging the highest standards of music production, & actively engaging with the industry on current important issues. Twitter: @ukMPG
The Music Publishers Association is the UK’s trade body for Music Publishers, find out how to publish music and find UK music publishers. Industry links, careers and training.
National Council for Voluntary Organisations supports charities and community groups with information, blogs and has a good funding newsletter notifying you of grant opportunities for your organisation if you are in the third sector. Funded by the Cabinet Office through their portfolio covering Community and Society.
National Operatic and Dramatic Association (NODA) support the education and information needs of individuals and organisations with high quality services and products that contribute to the success of amateur theatre, as well as encouraging appreciation of the sector by participants and audiences alike.
PLASA is the lead international membership body for those who supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. The association, which operates from offices in Europe and North America, acts as the worldwide voice for the industry, providing a wide range of business resources, technical support and commercial benefits to its members.
PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and rights holder members.
Production Services Association is the trade association for companies and individuals involved in the live event production industry. PSA aims to represent, improve, educate and develop the business of technical production for live events. This is achieved by pooling the knowledge of the entire industry to create a single voice for the industry and a central resource for its members.
Showcase, the international directory of the music industry, with over 10,000 contacts to choose from e.g. backline rental in Berlin through to a New York recording studio. Scroll down the categories on the left of the listings page. See the bottom of the page for common search listings – everything from tour buses, catering, legal services, stage crew and much more. A bit of a resource gem!
Society for Producers and Composers of Applied Music was formed in 1982 as an industry forum for practitioners of advertising music. They have a useful related links page. Membership benefits include:
- Guidelines for commissioning fees and usages
- Contracts for composers, performers and arrangers
- Market rates for musicians, singers and voice-over artists
- Large network of experienced music producers
- Large database of professional services
- Online industry discussion forum
- Regular e-newsletters
- Social events
Sound Sense are the UK professional association promoting community music and supporting community musicians and organisations. They give advice, information, help people make contacts and support professional development.
The UK copyright service. Explanation of intellectual property rights and advice.
List of UK Independent Record labels UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry – from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers and music licensing organisations. The site has a good map of music festivals in the UK. Twitter: @UK_Music
WIN (Worldwide Independent Network) is a global forum for the professional independent music industry. Examples of it’s work is the co-ordination of Fair Digital Deals Pledge – over 700 indie labels have teamed up for an initiative to ensure fair and transparent accounting of digital revenues to artists.
Women in Music is a national membership organisation that celebrates women’s music making across all genres of music. They raise awareness of gender issues in music and support women musicians in their professional development. They have links to other organisations that are useful for female musicians.
Additional link lists from other organisations:
Useful links compiled by PRS: On this page, you can find links to other sources of funding, development and support under the following categories:
- Funding and grants
- Music Industry Development Agencies
- Funding for start ups and creative businesses
- Resources by music genre
- Other useful resources
- Umbrella bodies/Representative bodies
- Information on funding for young people and projects involving young people (e.g. this B Sharp Resources website is listed here).
- Regional arts councils
Lots of other resources on site for musicians to publicise their music.
Links to the music industry compiled by BPI Music Education. An impressive list of songwriting links have been compiled by the International Songwriters Association. Click on the categories to find relevant websites.
Useful links to the music industry compiled by the Association of Independent Music.