Membership Resources

 

“Our members seek access to all kinds of local and national resources.”

With a world of information out there it is sometimes difficult to find things without help. Our members regularly pass on information via the meetings and the Facebook group but we thought it would be helpful to provide a place to post the things most relevant to us locally.

musicfocusThe topics have been grouped in the following order:

  • Music Industry News
  • Music Industry Websites
  • Useful Advice
  • Seeking Help?
  • Miscellaneous Items

Music Industry News

UK Music: http://www.ukmusic.org/news 

The Huffington Post: http://p.www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/music-industry/

UK Music Jobs: http://uk.music-jobs.com/blog/index.php/category/music-industry-news/

Music Industry Websites

The Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music): The collection and payment of royalties to their members.

http://www.prsformusic.com/Pages/default.aspx

The Intellectual Property Office: For registering your band name as a trademark.

http://www.ipo.gov.uk

The Music Managers Forum: For those serious about becoming a Manager.

http://www.themmf.net

The Unsigned Guide: “Your A to Z of the music business”!

http://www.theunsignedguide.com

PPL: Music licensing for recorded music played in public

http://www.ppluk.com

BPI: The British Phonographic Industry

http://www.bpi.co.uk/default.aspx

PRS for Music Foundation, funding new music

http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com

The Unsigned Guide, 8,800 UK Music Contacts. Get Your Music Heard in 2016!

The Unsigned Guide Music Contacts List

 

Want to promote your music and your talent more effectively and stand out from the crowd? We recommend you try these sites:

Bandcamp is a major publishing platform for musicians: http://bandcamp.com

SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere: https://soundcloud.com

Ents24.com, one of Our Partners, is a free online listings service for registering your gigs and building your fan base: https://www.ents24.com

The Association of Independent Music, supporting the UK’s independent music companies: http://www.musicindie.com/home

The Indie Bible, a great music promotion resource: http://www.theindiebible.com

 

Other websites of interest:

Music Gateway – where creative music projects get done: https://www.musicgateway.net

Bristol Archive Records is a record label dealing in Bristol post punk and reggae 1977 onwards: http://www.bristolarchiverecords.com/#

Sodajerker – interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters: http://www.sodajerker.com/podcast/

Hear The Music Play – Looking for independent equipment reviews? Try this US site: https://hearthemusicplay.com

The GMC was formed by a group of music industry experts who share one goal: to improve the lives of people who make music: http://theglobalmusiccommunity.com

The Music Venue Trust was created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network: https://www.facebook.com/musicvenuetrust

UK Music is a campaigning and lobbying group, which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry: http://www.ukmusic.org

Music Think Tank – where the music industry thinks out loud: http://www.musicthinktank.com

Bristol-based Into Music offer a library of quality instrumentals, songs and compositions: http://www.intomusic.co

The 100% Bristol Music Show on BCfm: https://www.facebook.com/bristolmusicbcfm

Department of International Trade (formerly UK Trade and Investment)https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-trade-investment

 

Useful Advice

Musicians Union Guides:

  1. The Musicians Extra, Winter 2014: Covering topics such as ‘Threats to Live Music’, ‘Fair Play Venues’, ‘Live Conferences’, and ‘Travelling Overseas’:  Live-Section-Extra-Jan-2015
  2. The Musicians Union’s own views concerning the issues of Pay to Play versus Pay for Play: Fair-Play-Guide

 Check out The Unsigned Guides “Essential Guide to Music Funding”

The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding

Seeking Help?

Help Musicians UK: https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/about-us

Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

They help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

Make It In Music: http://www.makeitinmusic.com

The ultimate guide to help you succeed in the music business.

 

Miscellaneous Items

Titbits:

Want to know what the top selling tracks of all time are? BBC Richest Songs List