NMC Membership Directory

The following organisations are currently National Music Council members:


  • Association of British Orchestras (ABO)
    The national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras throughout the UK.


  •    Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS)
    Promotes the highest standards of professionalism and quality within the audio industry. Its members are recording studios, post-production houses, mastering, replication, pressing and duplicating facilities, and providers of education and training, as well as record producers, audio engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants.

  • British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors (BASCA)
    A single voice for all music writers. It exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists, and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing.

  • BPI
    The body that represents the British recorded music business, including thousands of UK labels, over 400 members large and small, who between them account for in excess of 90% of the UK music market: these include the four major labels (EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner Music), music companies such as manufacturers, online aggregators and distributors, and hundreds of independents. The BPI also organizes the annual BRITs show and proceeds of the show go to The BRIT Trust, the charitable arm of the BPI.

  • Concert Promoters Association
    Works to represent and promote the interests of its members and to provide a forum for discussion of issues and concern.


  •      Conservatoires UK

    An umbrella organisation representing the nine conservatoires across the United Kingdom offering degree level courses in the performing arts (Birmingham Conservatoire, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Leeds College of Music, Royal Academy of Music. Royal College of Music, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Drama).

    Music is common to all Conservatoires, and in addition to drama, which already has a long and established tradition within three of them, dance is now offered at two member institutions.

  • Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA)
    Represents retailers who sell entertainment products such as recorded music, DVD'S and games (multimedia).


  • Generator
    The rock, pop, dance, indie music development agency for North East England. Also representing the Music Industry Development Association.

  • Jazz Services
    The leading national jazz organisation in the UK. It provides a voice for jazz, promoting its growth, accessibility and development in the UK through the provision of its services in information, publishing, education, touring, communication and marketing.

  • Music Industries Association (MIA)
    The trade association representing and servicing the interest of all United Kingdowm businesses selling musical instruments and associated products. Manufacturers, importers, publishers, retailers and supporting business all come within its scope.



  •     Music Mark



    The UK Association for Music Education – Music Mark is the new charitable, independent organisation (built on the foundations of the Federation of Music Services and the National Association of Music Educators) which represents and supports 99% of all Music Services and over 12,000 instrumental and classroom music teachers, music tutors, assistants plus consultants, advisers, inspectors and lecturers in Initial Teacher Education.


  • Music Publishers Association (MPA)
    The MPA exists to safeguard the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them.  It provides them with a forum and a collective voice, offers them a range of practical services, represents their interests to the wider music industry, the media and the public and works to inform and to educate the wider public in the importance and value of copyright.

  • Musicians' Union (MU)
    Represents over 32,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business. As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry. The MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for full time and part time professional and student musicians of all ages.

  • PRS for Music
    The collecting society for UK songwriters. Formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009, the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS. It exists to collect and pay royalties to its members when their music is exploited 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.

  •   Serious
    International producer of Jazz, World and Contemporary music. Responsible for producing and presenting concerts, tours and special events.



The following organisation has observer status on the National Music Council Executive committee:


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