The Association of Independent Music is a non-profit-making trade organisation for independent record companies and distributors in the UK. Our job is to help our individual members' businesses, and to support the needs of the independent sector.
BASCA exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music by campaigning in the domestic, European and international political arenas. BACSA celebrates and encourages excellence in British music writing through its world class awards ceremonies – the Ivors, the British Composer Awards and the Gold Badge Awards. BASCA informs its members in a constantly changing environment and seeks to foster a sense of community amongst British songwriters, lyricists and composers.
The BPI is the representative voice of the UK recorded music business. We are a trade organisation funded by our members - which include the UK's four major record labels and hundreds of independent music companies. BPI members account for approximately 90% of all recorded music sold in the UK, and globally the UK's recorded music market is the third biggest.
Merlin is a non-profit organisation charged with representing independent music companies in enhancing the commercial exploitation of their copyrights on a global basis.
With members in over 25 countries, Merlin is the first rights body focusing purely on the interests of the global independent music sector, which collectively represents 30% of all music sales.
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.
Music Producers Guild
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.
The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.
The Musicians' Union represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As well as negotiating on behalf of our members with all the major employers in the industry, we offer a range of services for professional and student musicians of all ages.
PPL is a music service company working on behalf of its performer and record company members.
PPL licenses sound recordings and music videos for use in broadcast, public performance and new media.
PRS For Music
PRS for Music is home to the world's best music writers, composers and publishers.
PRS for Music exists to collect and pay royalties to its members when their music is used in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online.
Watch ʻThe Royalty Route
ʼ video: which outlines how songwriters and composers get paid when their music is used.
Download ʻMusic Universe
ʼ : which explains the music industry as a whole and the relationships between different organisations.
Download ʻThe Story Of Your Song
ʼ: which illustrates how a song is developed and how it earns income for the writer.
UK Music is an umbrella organisation representing the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry, from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to major and independent record labels, managers, music publishers, studio producers and collecting societies.