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Music Publishers Association to be Youth Music Charity Partner

The UK Music Publishers Association (MPA) has announced a new one-year partnership with youth opportunities charity, Youth Music, to support Youth Music as Annual Charity Partner. The partnership will begin on 12 December 2019.

The MPA represents over 230 music publishers, ranging from small start-ups to major multinationals. As well as safeguarding and championing the interests of its members, the MPA promotes the value of UK music publishing and song-writing business, to the wider music industry, to government and internationally.

Youth Music is a national charity, investing in local music-making projects which help children and young people aged 0-25 to develop personally, socially and musically. Youth Music-funded projects help to break down barriers at all stages, fostering the development of an early love of music, providing diverse, positive role-models, introducing young people to a wide variety of potential career-paths and working with the music industry to make its practices more inclusive.

Paul Clements, MPA CEO, said:

‘I am delighted that the MPA and its membership are supporting Youth Music as its charity partner in 2020. At a time when we continue to focus on the availability of music in schools and for young people in general, it is great to celebrate the work that Youth music has done to support young talent over the last 20 years, by partnering with them. Youth Music’s work enables access to music across England for more than 80,000 children and young people, very many of whom have had to cope with incredibly difficult circumstances. This is admirable, very inspiring and for many young people, life changing.’

Matt Griffiths, Youth Music CEO, said:

‘We’re honoured and excited that the MPA have chosen us as their Annual Charity Partner. There’s a real meeting of minds between us, sharing a joint determination to make sure that young people’s diverse music-making can thrive and get noticed in these challenging times. And we’re both determined to do something about it, taking practical actions to improve the situation particularly for young people who face the biggest barriers into the music industry both on and off stage. It’s great to see the MPA joining us in this shared mission and we look forward to other music industry bodies doing the same.’