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 industry as a whole. Membership is drawn
from all areas of the music business 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.
In 2002 the Council was delighted to welcome Dame Cleo Laine as its President.
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.
The Council's work is driven by three key aims:
Behind them lie several important guiding principles:
- 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.
- To provide a debating forum for Members and other stakeholders and the
mechanisms for issues to be prioritised and, when appropriate, pursued and
- To provide the means for informing and influencing decision-makers and those
other stakeholders upon whom the music industry depends, and for raising the
public profile of music.
- That the work of the Council should complement its members' own activities.
- That the Council should recognise and promote the vital inter-relationship
that exists between all industry sectors and musical genres and the mutual
benefits to be derived from bringing organisations together.
- That the Council should operate as both leader and facilitator and work on
behalf of its membership as a whole.
- That the focus of the Council should become more external without
jeopardising the services required by- members.
- That the Council should be flexible enough to be able to respond to the
developing concerns and needs of its membership and those of its other
- related organisations not in membership
- the public
- politicians and decision-makers
For more information about NMC events, publications, projects and the Awards scheme, see the NMC web site:
The following organisations are currently National Music Council members/observers:
Association of British Orchestras (ABO)
Association of Festival Organisers (AFO)
Association of Independent Music (AIM)
Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS)
British Academy of Composers, Songwriters & Authors (BASCA)
Concert Promoters Association (CPA)
Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA)
Federation of Music Services (FMS)
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
IAML (UK & IRL)
International Artist Managers' Association (IAMA)
Music Education Council (MEC)
Music Industries Association (MIA)
Music Publishers Association (MPA)
Musicians Benevolent Fund (MBF)
Musicians' Union (MU)
Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)
PRS for Music
PRS for Music Foundation
Production Services Association (PSA)
Sound and Music
Organisations with observer status on the National Music Council
Arts Council England
Further information and copies of the Strategic Plan are available from:
National Music Council
60/62 Clapham Road
Tel: +44 207 422 8297
Fax: +44 870 706 5329
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