Help Musicians UK

The leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. It offers advice and practical help at times of crisis for musicians and also offers grants, opportunities and advice through its own schemes to talented musicians in the final stages of training and the first few years of working professionally. It offers a partnership with and operates its Music Minds Matter support line and service 24 hours a day for the whole UK music community. (Also see Funding & Grants)

Incorporated Society of Musicians

A UK professional body for musicians and organisations. Membership includes legal support and representation, insurance, listing within the ISM Music Directory of teachers, musicians and composers and more. Range of membership rates available.

The Ivors Academy (previously British Association of Songwriters, Composers and Authors – BASCA)

Exists to support, protect and celebrate music creators in the UK as an independent professional association representing songwriters and composers in all genres. Offers a membership service, including legal support, insurance, networking and training events. Ivor Novello Awards are highly regarded industry accolades: The Ivors celebrates songwriters and screen composers; The Ivors Composer Awards celebrates music creators in classical, jazz and sonic art fields.

Music Managers Forum (MMF)

The largest representative body of music managers in the world offering training and support.

Music Producers Guild (MPG)

Representing and supporting producers and engineers who are passionate about all aspects of making and recording music.

Musicians Union (MU)

The MU can provide information on appropriate fees for musicians and composers in the UK as well as career advice, insurance, copyright protection and more. Representing over 30,000 musicians in the UK. Range of membership rates available.

PRS for Music Members’ Benevolent Fund

Financial help and advice to PRS members suffering hardship due to illness, accident, disability or conditions associated with old age. Check for terms and conditions.




PPL licenses recorded music played in public or broadcast and then distributes the licence fees to its performer and rights holder members

PRS for Music

Collecting and distributing the royalties generated from the performance and use of music of over 95,000 members



Attitude Is Everything

Improving deaf and disabled peoples’ access to live music by offering support to organisations through training, online resources and a Charter of Best Practice.


Led by PRS Foundation, Keychange is a pioneering international industry collaboration which aims to accelerate change and create a better more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Keychange is encouraging music festivals and conferences to sign up to a 50:50 gender balance pledge by 2022.

Music Venues Trust

Acts to protect, secure and improve UK Grassroots Music Venues for the benefit of venues, communities and upcoming artists.

UK Music

The umbrella body representing the interests of the UK’s commercial music industry

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