Across Ireland and the UK, there is a host of industry bodies and membership organisations that exist to support the development of your business or musical career. Find out more below and get connected. If you would like your organisation to be listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Association of Independent Music (AIM)
AIM is the not-for-profit organisation representing and supporting the UK’s independent music community, which makes up over a quarter of the UK’s recorded music market. Now in its 22nd year, AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to DIY or self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music – including 4AD, Black Acre, CTRL Music, Dirty Hit, Domino Recording Co, Hospital Records, Killing Moon Group, FAMM, Ninja Tune, Numbers, Transgressive, Secretly Canadian, Supernature, Warp, and XL Recordings.
BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
The BPI champions UK recorded music, safeguarding the rights of its members and of the artists, performers & label members of collecting body PPL. Its membership includes over 450 independent labels and the three ‘majors’, which overall account for 85% of legal domestic music consumption and 1 in 10 streams served globally. BPI promotes British music through its events, reports, public affairs & communications, and overseas through its trade missions and the Music Export Growth Scheme. The BPI administers The BRIT Certified Awards, co-owns The Official Charts, organises The BRIT Awards, and is also home to The Mercury Prize.
British Council Northern Ireland
The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. The British Council’s Music team works with over 100 countries to connect British musicians, educators and industry people with their counterparts and audiences around the world, providing opportunities to share knowledge and experience different cultures.
Featured Artists Coalition (FAC)
The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) is the UK trade body representing the specific rights and interests of music artists. They are a not-for-profit organisation, serving a diverse, global membership of creators at all stages of their careers. The FAC is formed by artists, for artists, and places this ethos at the centre of all they do. They are an inclusive community that advocates, educates, collaborates and researches on behalf of artists, coming together to provide a strong, collective voice within the industry and to governments domestically and abroad.
Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
IMRO administers the performing right in copyright music in on behalf of its members (songwriters, composers, and music publishers) and on behalf of members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO’s core function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. With a global scope, we represent creators along the chain of creation. At IMRO, we are committed to creators. We stand up for music and the people who make it and perform it. A community for creators, we listen, advocate, educate, invest, and engage to shape a culture of musical worth. We help music creators to adapt to change and receive full and fair return for their work.
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, they have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.
Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA)
The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) is a non-profit making organisation set up by record companies in the Republic of Ireland, to provide members with a convenient means to discuss matters of common interest and to provide a medium to represent the Irish record industry in negotiations with Government and other parties. Generally, it operates to promote and protect the welfare and interests of the Irish record industry.
Music Managers Forum (MMF)
The Music Managers Forum (MMF) is the world’s largest professional community of music managers. Since its inception in 1992, the MMF has worked hard to educate, inform and represent UK managers as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information. Its membership stands at over 1100 managers based in the UK with global businesses and a wider network of over 2700 managers in the USA. The MMF engages, advises and lobbies industry associates and wider industry on issues that are relevant to managers.
Music Producers Guild (MPG)
The MPG is a non-profit organisation that represents professional Record Producers, Recording Engineers, Mixers and Mastering Engineers from all backgrounds as well as Recording Studios to make sure that their voice is being heard within the music industry. Run by members for members, the Guild is led by five elected directors in a voluntary role.
Music Publishers Association (MPA)
Music publishing generates over a quarter of the UK music industry’s £2.6 billion in export revenue. As well as safeguarding and championing the interests of their publishing members, the MPA aims to promote the value of publishing to the wider music industry, creative industry, government and the general public.
Musicians’ Union (MU)
The Musicians’ Union represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business and has campaigned on behalf of its members since the organisation was established in 1893. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services for self-employed professional and student musicians of all ages.
PPI was established in 1968 to act on behalf of record company rights in the public performance, broadcasting and reproduction of their recordings. PPI also collects royalties on behalf of performers. The organisation issues licences to thousands of businesses and organisations from all sectors across the Republic of Ireland playing recorded music and/or music videos in public. These can range from bars, nightclubs, shops and hotels to offices, factories, gyms, universities and local authorities.
PPL is the leading international neighbouring rights collector, helping performers and recording rightsholders around the world maximise their royalties. As the UK music industry’s collective management organisation (CMO), we license recorded music in the UK when it is played in public (shops, bars, nightclubs, offices etc.) or is broadcast on radio or
TV. We also collect performance rights internationally when music is played overseas in public and used on TV, radio and some online streaming services, as well as for private copying. In 2020, we collected £225.7 million across all of our revenue streams, while distributing money to over 135,000 performers and recording rightsholders. PPL supports a number of events in Northern Ireland, including the Northern Ireland Music Prize and the Sound of Belfast conference.
PRS for Music
PRS for Music represents the rights of songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK and around the world. As a membership organisation it works to ensure that creators are paid whenever their musical compositions and songs are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, performed and played in public. In 2020, 22.4 trillion performances of music were reported to PRS for Music with £650.5m collected on behalf of its members, making it one of the world’s leading music collective management organisations.
The Ivors Academy
The Ivors Academy is the UK’s independent professional association for music creators. The Academy represents and champions a diverse, talented community of songwriters and composers. It is a self-funded not-for-profit organisation, relying on the continued support of members and partners to carry out its work. The Academy is known internationally for The Ivors. An Ivor Novello Award is the pinnacle in the career of many songwriters and composers. www.ivorsacademy.com
UK Live Music
LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment) is the voice of the UK’s live music business. LIVE members are a federation of 13 leading live music industry associations representing 3,150 businesses, over 4,000 artists and 2,000 backstage workers. LIVE works to ensure that the interests of live music in the UK are understood and communicated to Government, policymakers, regulators, the public and the wider music and entertainment industries in the UK and overseas. Through collective representation, LIVE promotes the interests of artists, venues, festivals, promoters, booking agents, crew and production suppliers.
UK Music is the collective voice of the UK’s world-leading music industry. We represent all sectors of our industry – bringing them together to collaborate, campaign, and champion music. The members of UK Music are: AIM, BPI, FAC, The Ivors Academy, MMF, MPA, MPG, MU, PPL, PRS for Music. UK Music also has an informal association with LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment).