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Here is a list of the documents used throughout the Sound Rights website:


For more advice, please link through to the relevant organisation website:

Arts Council England
Arts Council England develops and promotes the arts across England, acting as an independent body at arm’s length from government.  Between 2006 and 2008, it will invest £1.1 billion of public money from government and the National Lottery in supporting the arts. This is the bedrock of support for the arts in England.

Association of British Orchestras
The Association of British Orchestras is the national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras throughout the UK.

Association of Festival Organisers
Working for and with the Festival organisers, supporting live music, dance, song, arts, crafts and theatre.

Association of Independent Music (AIM)
The Association of Independent Music is a non-profit-making trade organisation for independent record companies and distributors in the UK.

Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS)
Represents those involved with professional sound recording.

British Academy of Composers and Songwriters (BAC&S)
Represents songwriters, media composers and classical composers.


UK Music
UK Music is a new 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.


British Phonographic Industry (BPI)
The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has been representing the interests of British record companies for over a quarter of a century since being formally incorporated in 1973 when its principal aim was to fight the growing problem of music piracy. Organise annual Brit Awards.

Concert Promoters Association
Formed in the UK in 1986, the Concert Promoters Association works to promote the interests of it's members; and to represent them at a national level both to the public, and to other organisations, such as the Live Music Forum, the Office of Fair Trading, the Home Office, and the Departure of Culture, Media & Sport.

Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)
UK body licensing the photocopying of literary works – specifically books, journals and magazines.

Copyright Licensing in Schools
A leaflet, available to download free, designed to help schools identify some of the main activities which need to be licensed and to direct them to the appropriate organisation for further advice and guidance.

Creative & Cultural Skills
The Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. It is an industry-led, campaigning organisation operating across the United Kingdom. Through better skills development, its aim is to secure world beating creative enterprise and more diverse cultural industries.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
The UK Government department responsible for Government policy on the arts, sport and recreation, the National Lottery, libraries, museums and galleries, export licensing of cultural goods, broadcasting, film, press freedom and regulation, the built heritage, the royal estate and tourism.

The department published a Money Map – Advice on Access to Finance in the Music Industry which can be downloaded from: http://www.culture.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/08578764-31C2-4ADE-A0E4-8502A59B7743/0/MusicMoneyMap_April07.pdf

Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)
DACS is the UK's copyright and collecting society for artists and visual creators. It exists to promote and protect the copyright and related rights of artists and visual creators.

Educational Recording Agency Ltd (ERA)
Uniquely serving the UK educational sector, ERA is one of a range of collecting societies which help copyright owners and performers derive an income from the licensed use of their literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. On behalf of its Members ERA operates a Licensing Scheme for educational use of copyright material.

Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA)
(formerly the British Association of Record Dealers)
ERA represents retailers who sell entertainment products such as recorded music, DVD'S and games (multimedia).

European Music Copyright Alliance (EMCA)
Pan-European grouping of copyright organisations (collecting societies) which aims to raise awareness about copyright in schools across Europe. BMR is a Friend of EMCA.

Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT)
FACT is the leading representative trade body that is committed to protecting the interests of the industry in the fight against pirate film and DVDs and the increasing threat from online piracy.

IFPI (International Federation of the Recording Industry)
IFPI, based in London, represents the international recording industry. It co-ordinates international strategies on anti-piracy, enforcement, technology, lobbying of governments and representation in international organisations, legal strategies, litigation and public relations.

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
Professional association for performers, composers and teachers.

Intellectual Property Institute (IPI)
Promotes awareness and understanding of intellectual property law. Members include major corporations, law firms, the Patent Office, individual legal professionals and students.

Make Your Mark in Music
Make Your Mark is the national campaign to create an enterprise culture among young people in the UK.  It does this by giving people in their teens and twenties the inspiration and opportunity to turn their ideas into reality, whether through starting businesses or social enterprises or by making an idea happen at work.
The campaign is backed by an unprecedented coalition of business, charities, education bodies and government and is funded by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

Making Music
Making Music represents and supports amateur and semi-professional music groups of all genres throughout the United Kingdom. We provide a comprehensive range of artistic and administrative services and development and training opportunities. Making Music also lobbies on behalf of our members to national and local government and other agencies.

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
UK mechanical right collecting society.

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society and Performing Right Society Alliance (MCPS-PRS Alliance)
To make best use of their individual strengths, MCPS and PRS have formed an operational alliance. However, they are, and remain, separate societies in terms of income, constitution and guardianship of different rights.

Music Education Council (MEC)
The Music Education Council - the umbrella body for all organisations connected with music education in the United Kingdom - exists to bring together and provide a forum for those organisations to debate issues affecting music education and to make representation and promote appropriate action at local, national and international level.

Music Industries Association (MIA)
UK trade association representing the interests of all UK businesses selling musical instruments and associated products.

Music Managers Forum (MMF)
Represents the interests of artist managers.

Music Manifesto
The Music Manifesto is the result of a unique collaboration between the DfES and DCMS with music organisations, musicians, teachers and composers, the music industry, broadcasting, teacher and musicians' unions, arts and education charities and Trusts.

At the heart of the Music Manifesto is a desire to see more opportunities in music for more young people – from high quality curriculum tuition to out of school hours youth and garage bands; from composing to live performance, from classical concerts to DJing and gigs.

In its final form, the Music Manifesto offers a strategic direction for the future of music education and a common agenda for joint action. At the time of the launch it had attracted the support of more than 40 organisations, many of whom have already pledged practical activities and resources to support its delivery, and there are now over 600 signatories.

Music Producers Guild (MPG)
The Music Producers Guild (UK) promotes and represents all individuals in the music production and recording professions. It is a professional organisation that embodies collective and individual creative contributions to the production and recording of all genres of music and media related activities.

Music Publishers Association (MPA)
The MPA looks after the interest of all music publishers based or working in the UK and exists to safeguard and improve the business and legal environment within which its members are operating.

Musicians Union (MU)
The Musicians' Union represents over thirty thousand musicians working in all sectors of the music business.
As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, it offers a range of services for professional and student musicians of all ages.

National Music Council (NMC)
Seeks to celebrate and promote the value and enjoyment of music which contributes, in all its forms, to the cultural, spiritual, educational, social and economic well-being of the UK.

To view a copy of the NMC’s statistical report, ‘Counting the Notes’ visit: www.musiced.org.uk/features/counting_the_notes.html

NUMU is a dedicated safe space for young people to showcase their music, meet others and learn new skills.

PAMRA was the collecting society for non-featured performers; following the end of operation, PPL now looks after their interests.

Performing Right Society (PRS)
UK collecting society licensing broadcast, cable and public performance of musical works.

Performing Right Society Foundation (PRSF)
Registered charity that offers financial awards to organisations that encourage, promote and sustain music creation and its performance.

Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL)
PPL is a music industry organisation collecting and distributing airplay and public performance royalties in the UK on behalf of over 3,500 record companies and 40,000 performers.

Launched in May 2003 and endorsed by IFPI and IMPALA, this international initiative promotes legitimate online music services and confronts the myths surrounding piracy.

SPNM – promoting new music
Represents and promotes new music in the UK.

UK Intellectual Property Office
The official government body responsible for granting Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the United Kingdom (UK). These rights include:
•    Patents
•    Designs
•    Trade marks
•    Copyright
The UK Intellectual Property Office is an Executive Agency of the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). As part of the DIUS, it is responsible for the role of IP rights in supporting innovation.

Video Performance Ltd (VPL)
UK collecting society licensing the broadcast and public performance of music videos.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
UN organisation responsible for the promotion and protection of intellectual property throughout the world and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of Intellectual Property.

Young Enterprise
Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading business and enterprise education charity. It offers a range of programmes, based on the principle of Learning by Doing, which brings volunteers from business into the classroom to work with teachers and students. With more than 5,500 schools and colleges participating in its programmes, Young Enterprise currently reaches more than 320,000 young people a year from primary school right through to university.