Membership organisations

Choir Schools Association

+44 (0)13 5922 1333

The St, Market Weston, Diss, United Kingdom

Choir Schools are amazing places where young choristers enjoy learning and playing. Their work takes them into stunningly beautiful buildings on a daily basis.

There is no better educational and musical training start for boys and girls aged 7 years and up who love to sing.

The Choir Schools Association is here to help parents and youngsters to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

Sing Up

+44 (0)20 7908 5148

74-77 Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom

Sing Up places singing at the heart of education by providing a complete singing package through a digital music platform, termly magazine and training.

With over ten years’ experience at the forefront of music education, Sing Up has created Membership packages that are flexible and well-loved by teachers and vocal leaders across the world. Whether you are a teacher, a freelance music educator, a music service or a music education hub, Sing Up will enable you to cultivate strong communities and healthy, happy and confident students.

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices. The resources are designed to help you use singing for cross-curricular learning in the classroom or to act as a complete foundation for musical learning across the school, with Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

Musicians’ Union (MU)

+44 (0)20 7582 5566

62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ, United Kingdom

London

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is a globally respected organisation which represents over 30,000 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 professional and student musicians of all ages.

The Musicians’ Union has specialist full-time officials available to immediately tackle the issues raised by musicians working in the live arena and recording studio or when writing and composing. Such issues can range from copyright protection to valuable contractual advice or from the recovery of unpaid fees to crucial work in health and safety.

MU members, regardless of their genre of music, are part of one of the leading music industry bodies in Europe and the Union’s democratic structures offer every opportunity for musicians to influence MU policy.

Add to this the many services that the Union provides and you have an organisation that can assist its members throughout their professional careers and beyond.

British Kodály Academy

+44 (0)24 7641 1269

London, United Kingdom

London

The British Kodály Academy is a registered charity working to promote the advancement of British music education, following the teachings of the composer and educator, Zoltán Kodály.

Kodály training develops musicianship through singing. The student engages in the most direct of musical responses without the technical demands of an instrument. This practical approach combined with a clear progression from the simple to the complex facilitates the development of excellent musicianship skills such as sight singing and keen pitch discrimination as well as high levels of musical literacy. Kodály training is suitable for all ages and stages and can be applied to all kinds of music from classical to world music and jazz.

The BKA runs courses for all adults. There are residential courses, day courses and fully accredited certification courses. We welcome specialist and non-specialist music teachers in all settings, whether working with children or adults, including Early Years, instrumental teachers and choir directors. We also welcome anyone wanting to develop their own singing, musicianship and, where applicable, conducting skills. All courses offer an opportunity to view and purchase a wide range of books and resources to support learning and teaching at all stages.

The BKA is a not-for-profit organisation which relies mainly on the subscriptions of its members. Run by a dedicated team of trustees and officers, the BKA is proud of its distinguished patrons and its affiliation to the International Kodály Society (IKS) and welcomes links with other like-minded people and organisations sympathetic to its aims.

Membership is open to all.

Sound Connections

+44 (0)20 7729 7220

Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA, United Kingdom

London

Sound Connections develops, enables and empowers individuals and organisations to deliver high-quality music-making with children and young people across London.

We achieve this through three interconnected strands of activity:

  • Music programmes and projects: We are uniquely placed to manage meaningful partnerships and programmes providing music-making activities for 0-24-year-olds across London. In partnership, we provide music-making, mentoring and work experience opportunities to develop young people and improve their opportunities in life. We also bring young people into decision-making, enabling them to engage and contribute more fully to the debate around their provision.
  • Information and training: We provide a wide range of courses, bespoke advice and support to those delivering and managing activity to ensure higher quality music provision for young people. We also offer extensive information on job roles and work within the sector and signpost to a broad range of training and networking provision.
  • Research and development: By using the knowledge and evidence gathered from our activities, training programmes and relationships with over 2,500 members and regional and national decision-makers, we continue to inform and improve the music education sector.

British Flute Society

+44 (0)12 2867 0306

29 Eskdale Gardens, Purley CR8 1ET, United Kingdom

London

The British Flute Society is Europe’s oldest flute organisation and has a lot to offer its members.

Pan, the Society’s journal, is recognised world-wide as a highly informative and entertaining flute journal. Three times a year Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, listings of concerts, courses and reviews of new music, books and recordings.

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National Education Union (NEU)

+44 (0)345 811 8111

Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9BD

London

The National Education Union stands up for the future of education by bringing together more than 450,000 teachers, lecturers, support staff and leaders working in maintained and independent schools and colleges across the UK.

Combining the expertise and experience of both the ATL and NUT sections, the National Education Union is the UK’s largest education union.

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EuNet MERYC

United Kingdom

The European Network MERYC aims to develop cooperation between music educators and researchers in Europe, share information on the current state of the discipline in different countries and create a forum for discussion and reflection on topics related to music education in early childhood, thereby transcending national, cultural and linguistic barriers between participants.

These objectives will be achieved through regular European conferences and exchange of information among the participants in the form of Internet conferences or online discussions.

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MERYC-England

+44(0)121 464 0020

Centre for Research in Early Childhood, St Thomas Children’s Centre, Bell Barn Road, Attwood Green, Birmingham, B15 2AF

MERYC-England is unusual in that it is completely independent and run by its members for its members.

There is no subscription fee and no obligation to members other than attending MERYC conferences. To become a MERYC member, you must attend a four-day conference every two years to demonstrate your commitment and investment in the cause of early childhood music.

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Royal Philharmonic Society

+44 (0) 20 7287 0019

48 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7BB, UK

London

The Royal Philharmonic Society is for people who love music and live music-making and who want to ensure a vibrant future for classical music.

For over 200 years, we’ve been at the heart of music: supporting and working creatively with talented young performers and composers, championing excellence, and encouraging audiences to listen to, and talk about, great music.

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Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

+44 (0)20 7930 5115

8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ, UK

The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action.

We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment. Supported by our 29,000 Fellows, we share powerful ideas, carry out cutting-edge research and build networks and opportunities for people to collaborate, helping to create fulfilling lives and a flourishing society.

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Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME)

+1 (0)615 870 9333

7503 Kingwood Court, Fairview, TN 37062, United States

The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) provides training, professional development and resources for music educators.
TI:ME was first conceived at Villanova University in a lunch meeting with John Dunphy (former TI:ME Executive Director), George Pinchock and Tom Rudolph (Executive Committee Chair and former President).
NAMM agreed to fund the organisation with a grant of $200,000 and the first official meeting of TI:ME took place in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, in 1997. The first TI:ME certification courses were offered in 1998 and the first TI:ME conference took place in Pennsylvania in April 1999.
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All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music

+44 20 3713 8454

49 Whitehall, London, United Kingdom

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music exists to provide a discussion forum between the music industry and parliamentarians.

All-Party Parliamentary Groups bring together Lords and MPs from across the party political divide and act as a point for dialogue amongst decision-makers on issues of concern.

Through a series of events and discussions during the political year, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music seeks to inform parliamentarians about developments within the music industry as well as engage MPs and Lords on measures that impact on the sector.

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European Concert Halls Organisation (ECHO)

Rue Ravenstein 23, Brussels, Belgium

The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) is an active network bringing together many of the major concert halls in Europe in order to promote professional exchange, shared reflection and the initiation of joint initiatives.

The European Concert Hall organisation constitutes a platform for open exchange and for joint thinking on the opportunities, developments and shared challenges central to the lives of concert halls in the 21st century. The ECHO member halls come together to learn from, and be inspired by each other and to initiate ambitious international shared initiatives.

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PRS for Music

+44 20 7580 5544

2 Pancras Square, London, United Kingdom

We pay royalties to our members when their work is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public or used in film and TV. 

We support them by influencing policy, supporting and hosting awards and events, and investing in new technology to ensure we’re fit for the digital music age.

Whether we’re funding new music, championing established artists, or helping our members, we’re here to support the future of music and its makers.

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National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM)

+1 760 438 8001

5790 Armada Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), established in 1901, is the not-for-profit association that strengthens the $17-billion global music, sound and event technology products industry.

Our association and our trade shows serve as the crossroads for professionals wanting to seek out the newest innovations in music, recording technology, sound, stage and lighting products. Membership also includes access to the latest industry news and education, opportunities for music advocacy and cost-saving programs that will help your business thrive. All of these activities and programs are designed to promote music-making for people of all ages and to help create a more musical world.

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Women in Music

322 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019, United States

What We Offer

  • Educational seminars, panels, and workshops with top-notch professionals
  • Up close and personal evenings with acclaimed performers, producers, and other industry professionals
  • Roundtable discussions held to discuss current topics relevant to the industry
  • Master Classes, Seminars, and Workshops
  • Special Mixers and Speed Networking Events
  • Access to our exclusive WIM Google Group where you can communicate directly to the WIM Members to 
    • Find useful resources and information from mentors and peers
    • Post about upcoming shows
    • Get information and reviews about services important to your work/businesses
    • Find job and housing opportunities
    • Ask fellow members questions about anything industry-related
  • Discounts on a variety of products and services we think will benefit the lifestyles, creativity, businesses, and careers of WIM Members.

Founded in 1985, Women in Music is now in its third decade of service to the entertainment industry.

Our members are inspired by the resources and opportunities WIM offers. We, in turn, are inspired by their wonderful achievements and contributions across all areas of the music industry.

WIM Mission Statement:
Women In Music is an organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthens community ties.

Who We Are

  • WIM is comprised of both women and men at all stages in their careers — from students to seasoned industry veterans — and in all areas of expertise.
  • We are record label executives, artist managers, songwriters, musicians, attorneys, recording engineers, agents, publicists, studio owners, music publishers, online and traditional marketers and more.
  • We represent all genres of music and all areas of the industry.

 

European String Teachers Association UK (ESTA UK)

35 Calthorpe Road, Birmingham B15 1TS, United Kingdom

West Midlands

ESTA UK is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK and to improving the quality of string teaching at every level, from toddler to conservatoire.
They provide support and professional development through their website; their magazine, Arco; and by organising events across the country throughout the year.
They offer generous financial benefits to members, including free insurance and legal cover, funding to put on local events and discounts to ESTA-organised seminars.
ESTA UK believes that music can change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that music teachers are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers.
  • Free insurance and legal cover including Public Liability, Employers Liability Insurance with a 24-hour legal helpline and 24-hour tax helpline
  • Free customisable listing in our online public directory
  • Discounts on events organised by ESTA
  • Quarterly magazine Arco and biannual youth magazine JESTA, with unlimited copies of JESTA for your students
  • Reference videos and books on loan
  • Repertoire database for finding and suggesting repertoire suitable for students at all levels and searchable by musical and instrumental technique
  • Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund for assistance with short courses relating to teaching string instruments
  • Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for help in introducing young players to chamber music.
ESTA UK is a member of ESTA. ESTA UK is ESTA String Teachers Association Ltd, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity
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Traditional Music Forum

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1SR, UK

Scotland

Traditional Music Forum is a network of over 100 music organisations and individuals supporting Scotland’s vibrant traditional music community.

We include clubs, festivals, community music projects, academic institutions, promoters, agents, publishers, tutors, performers and labels among our members; representing a broad sweep of diverse activity and thousands of musicians, enthusiasts, activists, participants and listeners across Scotland.

Supported by Creative Scotland, the Forum advocates the place for traditional music at the heart of Scottish life and works to promote the widest possible access to it. It is a key resource for information and advice on traditional music for Creative Scotland and other public bodies.

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English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS)

+44 (0)20 7485 2206

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road, London, United Kingdom

EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. They are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.

They preserve these arts as well in their award-winning library, the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), named after former EFDSS President, composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

From big bands to solo singers, morris dancers to contemporary choreographers, schools to mass participation, intimate folk clubs to major concert halls – their work reaches far and wide.