Welsh Music Foundation
The WMF exists “to assist in the development of the music industry in Wales by way of specialist business support and industry led representation”.
The WMF provides an information service capable of handling enquiries from Welsh music SMEs and start-ups. This also includes signposting to other relevant public sector or appropriate organisations. Our information service is supported by the production of the annual WMF Directory of Welsh music businesses.
Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries.
They invest in talented people and exciting ideas and develop the creative industries – championing everything that’s good about Scottish creativity.
Scotland boasts an incredible range of talent, from award-winning directors and writers to widely recognised actors and internationally renowned visual artists, architects and digital companies. As a result of the wealth of indigenous talent, Scotland produces a huge volume of home-grown productions and products each year.
Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Generator is the UKs leading Music Development Agency.
Originally starting out to serve the needs of the North East and Cumbria the agency expanded its role nationally when asked by Arts Council England to assist other fledgling agencies, organisations and groups in policy, programme development, governance and funding. As such Generator has represented the music development sector at Government level with membership of both the Live Music Forum and Music Education forums. The agency also leads the Music Industry Development Association, a body set up to establish common aims amongst similar organisations in the UK. Generator currently produces robust programmes in the areas of music business development in a regional context, musician support (including the development of commercial viability of artists). Live music (most significantly in supporting promoters) and in supporting and representing the music development sector.
Urban Development is the one-stop organisation for London’s new urban music talent. Combining business acumen with a firm understanding of youth culture, we stand at the crossroads where creativity meets the music industry. Located in Three Mills, Stratford in the London borough of Newham – Urban Development has built a reputation for inspiring young people and championing some of brightest names on the local and national scene.
Music4Good has come a long way since its inception in late 2006. Music4Good’s inception started life as a smaller scale project based in Lewisham. Live Recordings, a working record label designed to teach transferable skills in marketing, promotion and office management. Early 2009 saw Music4Good expand its partner employers to include Universal, PRS for Music, PPL and BPI, iTunes, Independiente and The Media Spot, placing 14 apprentices’ on six-month placements.
September 2009 saw them launch the 5th phase of apprenticeships, welcoming Beggars and EMI to the partnerships. This enabled them to provide 17 apprenticeship placements. Music4Good also partnered with City of Westminster College to administrate our apprenticeships, helping us access government funding via LSC and offering the National Award in Music Business at Level 3.
Small Green Shoots
Small Green Shoots is an innovative music based consultancy that develop and deliver high profile music projects for creative’s, corporate’s and community.
An original and recognised resource for music organisations and artists alike, we provide facilitation and project management services with a real passion for the people we work withLed by well regarded project manager, Natalie Wade, and with over a decade of experience in the music business and consultancy from various areas of the arts world, Small Green Shoots invests its expertise in high quality UK based artists and organisations.
Music Ally is the leading digital music business information and strategy company. Music Ally, has been providing publications, consulting, research, events and training to the music and technology industries since 2001.
Music Ally’s executives come from a genuine music business background, from the sharp end of the major label recording and publishing worlds through to digital business strategy, licensing and retail.
Music Ally’s publishing division provides a daily news feed compiled each morning in the UK; and two fortnightly insight reports: the Music Ally Report which contains the latest business analysis and insider information and Sandbox, a new digital marketing report. It is led by journalists with a wealth of experience, contacts and understanding of all aspects of the changing music business.
MusicTank is one of University of Westminster’s sector-based Knowledge and Business Development Networks. Launched in 2003, MusicTank’s remit was to establish itself as a business development network for the UK music industry – an independent body set up to engage with industry, innovation and change across the music business.
As music business becomes more competitive and barriers to entry continue to lower through the democratising impact of technological development, there is a need for thorough, cutting edge professional expertise. The University’s commercial and intellectual neutrality is a critical factor in the creation and sustainability of a ‘knowledge network’ that encourages adoption of best practice, circulation of innovative ideas, new collaborations and evolution of creative ventures into professional success.
The Music Industries Association
The Music Industries Association is a UK trade association, the only one servicing and representing the interests of all UK businesses selling musical instruments and associated products. Manufacturers, importers, publishers, retailers and supporting businesses (i.e. music media) all come within our scope. They undertake activities to stimulate the market and make the industry’s views and needs known and appreciated in Whitehall, Westminster and Brussels.
The British Copyright Council
The British Copyright Council is an umbrella organisation providing a forum for the discussion of copyright matters. It is a liaison committee and pressure group for change in copyright law at UK, European and International level.
The BCC represents those who create, hold interests in or manage rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, films, sound recordings, broadcasts and other material in which there are rights of copyright or related rights; and those who perform such works.
Members of the BCC include professional associations, industry bodies, trade unions and collecting societies representing hundreds of thousands of authors, creators, performers, publishers and producers. These right holders include many sole traders, freelancers and smaller businesses as well as larger corporations.
The BCC was founded in 1965 and incorporated in 2007 as a not for profit company limited by guarantee.
Blaca is the UK national group of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI) founded in Paris in 1878 under the Presidency of Victor Hugo. Since its foundation in 1981 it has provided a forum for discussion of matters affecting the rights of authors and other copyright owners. Its members are mostly practising or academic lawyers and others interested in upholding the principles of copyright.
It holds regular short seminars on current issues, normally on the second Thursday of alternate months (subject to speakers’ availability) at the offices of Berwin Leighton Paisner.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
The Department is responsible for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games and to help drive the Digital Economy. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for all through cultural and sporting activities, to support the pursuit of excellence and to champion the tourism, creative and leisure industries.
Creative & Cultural Skills
Creative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing, and Visual Arts. They work to bridge the gap between industry, education and the government, to give employers a real influence over education and skills in the UK.
Founded in May 2004, Creative & Cultural Skills was granted its licence to operate by the Sector Skills Development Agency on 1st June, 2005.
Creative Choices is dedicated to helping you develop your career in the creative and cultural industries.They can provide information, advice and resources to help you build skills, find new opportunities, or get a better idea about a particular job or career path. Creative Choices is part of the remit of Creative and Cultural Skills.
The Arts Council’s role as a development agency is just as crucial as its role as a fundArts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, and carnival to crafts.
The UK’s international cultural relations body. Partnering with organisations gives access to global audiences and markets, intercultural expertise and a trusted global brand. The British Council is an executive non-departmental public body, a public corporation (in accounting terms) and a charity. The Patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH The Prince of Wales is our Vice-Patron. The British Council operates at arm’s length from the UK government and it does not carry out its functions on behalf of the Crown. However, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is answerable to parliament for the policies, operations and performance of the British Council whilst the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is the British Council’s Sponsoring Department.
FM First Monday
FM is a monthly music industry social get together and blog.
We meet on the First Monday of every month (apart from January and August) – hence the name.
FM is a very relaxed get together with people from the industry, in a bar, all there to meet other people in the industry and possibly do business. And it’s totally free.
So much business is now done by email and online, we wanted to do things on a more personal level. There are also a number of new businesses of 1 or 2 people setting up who enjoy the chance to meet other people from the industry.
We started in March 2007. There have been ad hoc satellite events in Brighton, Liverpool, New York, Latvia and Amsterdam. As of 2012, there are over 1,200 people on the mailing list and generally the events attract between 40-70 people.
People who come are; MANAGEMENT – LABELS – ARTISTS – PROMOTORS – PUBLISHERS – PRODUCERS – LAWYERS – ACCOUNTANTS – PR’s – PHOTOGRAPHERS – VIDEO PRODUCERS – CHARITIES – TRADE BODIES SUCH AS MMF, BPI, AIM, MPA ETC, UKI TRADE AND INVESTMENT AS WELL AS STUDENTS LOOKING FOR INTERNSHIPS
As well as the monthly get togethers, we also write a blog between events with our take on things that are happening in the industry and a more light hearted look at life in general as well as posting messages on behalf of people on the mailing list looking for jobs, band members and offering deals to other FM members.
You are not bombarded you with endless emails – apart from anything we don’t have the time! FM starts from 6.30pm and runs until people go home – not always early… You can arrive early then go off to a gig or come along after – you don’t need to RSVP – just turn up.
We take a break in January and August.
Independent Venue Week
Independent Venue Week is a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out.
These venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.
They also provide those wanting a career in music, off the stage, the chance to learn their craft up close in a small venue. They provide a vital place for local communities to engage with arts locally.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England in the UK and also the wider music industry and brands globally, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.
These venues, all small, local businesses, are the backbone of the live music scene in their country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.