National organisations

Music Publishers Association

+44 (0)333 077 2350

Synergy House, 114-118 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AA, UK

The Music Publishers Association exists to:

  • safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them
  • represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public
  • provide publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses
  • promote an understanding of the value of music and the importance of copyright
  • and provide information and guidance to members of the public.

London

Music publishing generates over a quarter of the UK music industry’s £2.5 billion in export revenue and British songwriters wrote or co-wrote 21 of the top 100 selling works in the US in 2016.

As well as safeguarding and championing the interests of its members, the MPA aims to promote the value of publishing to the wider music industry, creative industry, government and the general public.

The MPA also owns and operates two commercial businesses:

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society – MCPS is the UK collection society that licenses mechanical (or reproduction) copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members.
Printed Music Licensing Ltd – PMLL represents music publishers to allow UK schools to make copies of printed music.
Collectively, these subsidiary businesses are known as the MPA Group. The MPA offers a number of other commercial functions for music publishers – including our range of widely-used template contracts, our blanket industry agreements, and in our role as the national agent for the dissemination of ISMNs.

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Drake Music

+44 20 7739 5444

60 – 61 Old Nichol Street, London, United Kingdom

Our four key programme strands:

Learning & Participation – We deliver outreach and education initiatives in a wide range of settings, offering a wide range of high quality, lifelong-learning opportunities.

Training & Consultancy – We offer training and consultancy to music hubs, schools, arts organisations and more to share our expertise in SEND music delivery.

Research & Development – We bridge the gap between musicians and hackers, developers and technology makers to pioneer new accessible music technology.

Artistic Development – We support professional disabled musicians to develop their artistic practice so that they can play a major part in the cultural landscape.

Our Learning & Participation programme creates opportunities for disabled people to learn and develop as musicians – from primary school through to adulthood.

Our skilled team has an excellent track record of developing and delivering outreach, training and education initiatives for disabled musicians of all ages and abilities.

We research and develop new accessible musical instruments and technologies to create more ways with, by and for disabled people to make music.

Our artistic development programme supports disabled musicians to progress their work and we offer training and consultancy for teachers, music hubs and other organisations.

Drake Music is the leading UK national organisation working in music, disability and technology.

Our vision

Non-disabled people can make music in many ways and at many different levels. Our vision is an open, inclusive and accessible musical culture — a world where disabled people have the same range of opportunities, instruments and encouragement, where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals.

Who we are

Drake Music is a national arts charity working across the UK, with bases in Bristol, Manchester and London. We are a National Portfolio Organisation for Arts Council England and are also funded through Youth Music.

We have been pioneering the use of assistive music technology to make music accessible for over 20 years. In that time, we have developed a wealth of innovative and imaginative approaches to teaching, learning and making music.

We are experts in inclusive music-making in education and in using technology to break down disabling barriers to music-making at all levels.

What we do

Central to our work is the belief that everyone can fulfill their creative and musical potential, given the right opportunities.

We work where music, disability and technology meet to:

  •  create opportunities and instruments that make music fully accessible
  •  increase participation in music-making at all levels
  •  build an integrated musical culture where disabled and non-disabled musicians work together as equals

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Youth Music

+44 (0)20 7902 1060

9 Tanner Street, London, United Kingdom

Youth Music projects take place in all kinds of places. Youth centres, libraries and prisons. Nurseries, hospitals and housing estates. Sometimes schools (although usually out-of-hours). Often, it’s the fact that they're not school which helps young people to engage.

Several times a year, organisations can apply to us for funding for their music-making projects. Big or small, if they have a great idea for helping young people through music, Youth Music will consider it.

Organisations have to demonstrate the need for their project in their local area. They need to prove they’ve talked to young people to find out what they want. They have to show a fully-costed plan. And most importantly, they need to explain exactly how their project will help change children’s lives.

 

Every year, Youth Music provides more than 100,000 young people with the opportunity to make music, helping them to overcome the challenges they face in their lives.

Their music projects support young people to develop their creative and social skills, make positive contributions to their community and live happy, successful lives.

Youth Music’s ongoing research allows us to identify the best ways to engage young people and drive fresh thinking in music education. We also provide a growing online community for thousands of music education professionals.

Many young people still need Youth Music’s help. Join them on their mission to give every child the chance to make music. 

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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, we have 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.

Sing Up resources

Membership includes access to over 850 fantastic songs, from pop to classical, arranged to promote good vocal health in young voices.

Our 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 – from Early Years to age 18 and beyond.

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NYCGB (National Youth Choirs of Great Britain)

Aykley Heads, Durham DH1 5TS, UK

North-East England

About NYCGB

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain (NYCGB) comprises five constituent choirs for young people from primary school age to those leaving University.

Collectively, we aim to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK, discovering and nurturing exceptional musical talent, providing unrivalled performance opportunities and world-class musical and leadership training to the widest possible range of young people in society, creating the next generation of music-lovers and choral enthusiasts who will in turn guarantee the continuing excellence and variety of the UK’s vibrant and diverse choral tradition.

The NYCGB Vision

NYCGB’s vision is to be the most inspirational and innovative organisation for young singers in the UK.

Our goals are to:

  • Discover exceptional musical talent
  • Provide inspirational teaching and guidance
  • Create exceptional performance opportunities
  • Enthuse young people from all backgrounds in the joy of singing
  • Enable outstanding cultural leadership

We aim to inspire our members through stimulating creative processes, diverse performance opportunities and through exciting encounters and collaborations.

Underpinning these goals is the aim to ensure participation and inclusivity from the widest range of young people.

How many choirs are there?

Originally set up as a single choir of 100 of the best young singers in Britain, NYCGB now consists of five choirs containing a total of around 750 young people aged 9-25:

  • The National Youth Boys’ Choir for boys of ages 9-15. Incorporating the specialist changing voices ensemble Cambiata Voices.
  • The National Youth Girls’ Choir for girls of ages 10-15.
  • The National Youth Training Choir for mixed voices of ages 14-18.
  • The National Youth Choir for mixed voices of ages 16-22.
  • The National Youth Chamber Choir for young professionals and those studying to become professional singers up to age 25. Incorporating the NYCGB Fellowship Programme.

When do the choirs rehearse?

The National Youth Choirs of Great Britain meet twice each year, during the spring and summer holidays, for residential courses. This means that you can still sing with your regular choir/s during the rest of the year, and at Christmas – in fact, we think regular choral singing is a really good idea.

These intensive courses provide excellent opportunities to develop your vocal technique across a wide range of challenging music, and gain outstanding performance experiences.

Where do the courses take place?

We visit a number of different places in the UK for our residential courses, because our members come from all over the UK.

As a national organisation, the choirs of NYCGB perform in geographically diverse locations across the UK. Reaching people in different areas helps the organisation to join up with people involved in singing at different levels all over the country, and to find young singers who might not otherwise realise that they can apply to join in.

What happens on a residential course?

NYCGB residential courses include full and sectional rehearsals, individual voice coaching and lessons in musicianship. Junior choirs also practice Alexander Technique with qualified practitioners.

We aim to stretch and challenge our members to develop a flexible and creative approach to performance and to help them to embrace a diverse repertoire.

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One Day One Choir

London, United Kingdom

Since we started in 2014, more than a million people around the world have connected with us to sing for peace and unity. Check the website for a list of performers.

Since we began in 2014 – as a response to growing unrest and conflict in the world – more than a million people, from all walks of life and a huge array of different singing groups, have joined in and sung with us in more than 50 countries. We’ve also gathered and are being helped by some wonderful supporters and collaborators.

Vladimir Jurowski / SingUp / Roxanna Panufnik / Action for Happiness / Together Productions / Sir Mark Elder CBE / Peace One Day / Eugene Skeef FRSA / Baroness Helena Kennedy QC / Music in Offices / Jeremy Haneman / Care Schools Pakistan / Peace Mala / Professor Andre de Quadros / The RSA / Sandi Toksvig / Paul Haines Peacewalk / The Choir BBC Radio 3 / Professor Nigel Osborne MBE / WE

London

Singing together has long been a powerful and positive part of bringing and holding communities together and uniting them in a social and healing way.

One Day One Choir was created by Jane Hanson FRSA, a choral aficionado, project leader, writer and educator, who is passionate about peace and singing and has researched, documented and broadcast the positive and powerful impact of singing together for many years.

Singing together for peace

Singing is probably the most universally accessible and inclusive activity we can do as anyone and everyone can join in at some level. It’s also good for us in so many ways – science has shown that when we sing (or chant) together our body produces feel good and social bonding hormones AND our hearts start to beat at the same tempo.

Singing has the power to make us feel calmer, happier and uplifted as well as having a direct and measurable impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s even been shown scientifically to bond us with one another more quickly than any other group activity…

This is why we chose the harmonious and uniting power of singing together as a step forward to peace and unity through One Day One Choir – and because it’s fun and fab!

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OHMI Trust

29 Woodbourne Road, Birmingham B17 8BY, UK

West Midlands

The OHMI Trust is a UK-based charity pioneering the development and adaptation of musical instruments for those who are physically disabled. 

The OHMI Trust’s objectives are to remove the barriers to music-making faced by physically disabled people, and to enable undifferentiated participation in musical life, whether at school, in the home or in a professional ensemble.

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Music Australia

+61 2 9519 9778

104 Erskineville Road, Erskineville NSW 2043, Australia

Music Australia is a not-for-profit national umbrella body and champion for all music.

We work independently and with members and partners to stimulate and promote the value of music, school music education, sector professional development and public engagement. We provide advocacy and information services to strengthen music in Australia, and run projects including Australia’s largest school music program, Music: Count Us In.

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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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Conservatoires UK

United Kingdom

At CUK, we are an influential voice speaking to government, policy makers and opinion formers, nationally and globally.

More generally, we advocate for the many benefits the sector engenders in society and the creative and cultural economies.

Our role is threefold: to develop best practice for training and education, to promote the sector’s excellence, and to negotiate with government and policy makers. Currently, our membership comprises eleven conservatoires, including all of the UK’s music conservatoires.

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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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SAMYO (National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music)

+44 (0151) 291-3949

17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Samyo is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, and the only one of its kind in the world.

It combines  North and South Indian music traditions with  global influences, and is pioneering a new form of Indian music, while showcasing the next generation of talented young artists.

Samyo is open to musicians between the ages of 12 and 18, Samyo Too to musicians between the ages of 18 and 25, and Sabrang to vocalists between the ages of 14 and 25.

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

+44 20 7494 1733

5 Vigo Street, London, United Kingdom

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. 

NYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually – nationally and internationally. Alongside these performances, NYJO delivers inspirational education work wherever it goes. NYJO also operates a weekly Academy, which offers London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.

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Music Generation

+353 1 475 8454

NCH Building, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, Music Generation, transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high-quality performance music education, comprising vocal and instrumental tuition – encompassing all musical genres and all types of instruments and vocal styles – delivered by skilled professional musicians.  

Initiated by Music Network, Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and local Music Education Partnerships.


Header photo: Music Generation Westport Children’s Choir in rehearsals for A Nation’s Voice © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Arts Council

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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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Music Education Council

+44 (0)20 3514 5338

27 Osborne Road, Dagenham, Essex RM9 5BB, United Kingdom

The Music Education Council – the umbrella body for all organisations connected with music education in the UK – exists to provide a forum for debate and effect change through advocacy, representation and action.

The Music Education Council draws its membership from across the entire music education and music industry sectors. Through its corporate members MEC represents tens of thousands of music educators across the UK. This gives it a uniquely big picture of music education and is why MEC is the umbrella body for all UK organisations connected with music education.

It exists to bring together and provide a forum for members to debate issues affecting music education and to make representation and promote appropriate action at local, national and international level.

Their aims:

  • to act as the UK’s umbrella body for all organisations an individuals involved with music education
  • to promote and support all aspects of music education
  • to raise public awareness of the nature, purpose and benefits of music education
  • to work actively with central and local government to establish effective structures and to provide adequate funding for all areas of music education
  • to encourage the highest possible quality and standards in music education.

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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.

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Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME)

+44 (0)15 9278 4256

PO Box 26858 Kirkcaldy KY2 9BP, United Kingdom

Scotland

The Scottish Association for Music Education (SAME) is the professional association which represents all those involved in music education.

This includes nursery and primary class teachers and specialists, secondary class teachers, instrumental tutors, AS teachers and those within education authorities with responsibility for music. The experience and expertise of their members has contributed to music education in a wide variety of fields.

There are strong links with the provision of music education at further and higher levels and also links with community education and education in prisons.

SAME helps its members to deliver high-quality music education by:

  • Enabling contact with colleagues through conferences and mailshots
  • Contributing to the creation of a strong unified voice for music education nationally
  • Promoting the professional development of its members
  • Sharing good practice in music education
  • Regular distribution of a magazine
  • Sending regular email messages and news of current developments
  • Providing an on-line discussion forum and resource exchange
  • Consulting on issues of importance to education, to teachers and to music
  • Collaborating with other appropriate organisations

SAME membership is freely available to all involved in music education in Scotland. An elected committee, drawn from across the country and representing a variety of sectors and stakeholders, is responsible for the running of the Association.

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