About the National Music Council

The National Music Council sits at the centre of a complex network of national music organisations, and is a key organisation that exists to promote the interests of the music sector as a whole. Membership is drawn from all areas of the music sector and is open to all organisations with an interest in music and its development in the UK: professional, voluntary and amateur; subsidised and commercial; creative and educational. The strength of the Council lies in the number and diversity of its members.

The National Music Council 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 United Kingdom.  Its work is driven by the three key aims and a recognition of the vital inter-relationships that exist between different industry sub-sectors and genres:

  1. To provide networking opportunities for Members and other stakeholders and to facilitate and improve the exchange and sharing of information of relevance to their concerns.
  2. To provide a debating forum for Members and other stakeholders and the mechanisms for issues to be prioritised and, when appropriate, pursued and resolved.
  3. To provide the means for informing and influencing decision-makers and those other stakeholders upon whom music depends, and for raising its public profile.

The NMC’s membership embraces those working in the area of:

  • The composition of musical works and music publishing
  • The manufacture, distribution and sale of musical instruments
  • Live performance and promotion
  • Recording and record retailing
  • Broadcasting
  • Music libraries
  • Music education and training
  • Suppliers and service providers to the recording and live music sectors

Since the NMC was established in 1953 the landscape of the music sector has undergone considerable change.  The NMC’s mission therefore reflects those of its charitable objects that are not currently being fulfilled by other organisations. As a mixed economy, some NMC members and others in the music sector are also members of UK Music (championing their copyright and business interests) and /or MEC (in respect of their interests in music education).

President: Dame Cleo Laine
Chair: Mark Pemberton, Association of British Orchestras
Deputy-Chair: Dave Cross, Generator
Treasurer: Sarah Osborn, MPA
Administrator: Clare Fisher

Contacting the National Music Council

Post: c/o MPA, British Music House, 26 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR
Email: info@nationalmusiccouncil.org.uk