There are many different organisations within the music industry, and it depends on what you are looking for.
In the UK there are 2 main royalty distributers, PRS for Music and PPL. PRS for Music was formed from the Publishing Rights Society and the Mechanical Copyright Protection Society and licenses companies and organisations around the country to play music. They also collect royalties from physical and digital music sales. PPL, formally Phonograhpic Performance Limited does not collect from sales because it distributes royalties to the owners of recordings – record companies and performers. PRS for Music, on the other hand, collects royalties on behalf of copyright owners and distributes to publishers and songwriters.
These organisations are important for several reasons; they help with securing income for music creators, recorders and publishers, and provide licenses to play music. They also offer a range of employment opportunities for those interested in a career in the royalties sector.
Links to job pages
- PRS for Music – http://www.prsformusic.com/aboutus/ourpeople/workingforus/Pages/default.aspx
- PPL – http://www.ppluk.com/en/About-Us/Work-For-Us/
Many of the major industry unions are members of an umbrella group called UK Music (formally called British Music Rights). UK Music represents the interests of all areas of the commercial music industry to the UK and EU governments. This is largely in regards to intellectual property rights and policy affecting the industry. It seeks to promote music within society, helping to educate, nurture talent and research into consumer habits and industry trends.
Its union members are the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA), BPI (British Recorded Music Industry), the Music Managers Forum (MMF), the Music Producers Guild (MPG), the Music Publishers Association Limited (MPA) and the Musicians Union (MU).
There are several other professional bodies representing the UK music industry. The Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) represents those working in the audio industry. It’s mostly those who are involved with the physical recording and production of music such including engineers, studios, producers etc.
The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) champions the importance of music and lobbies on behalf of music professions.