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: 

UK Music Jobs:

Music Industry Websites:

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

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

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

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

PPL: Music licensing for recorded music played in public

BPI: The British Phonographic Industry

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

The Unsigned Guide Music Contacts List


Music Courses:

dBs – the sound & music institute in Bristol and Plymouth have published a series of Career Spotlights focusing on roles in the music/audio industries


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:

SoundCloud is the world’s leading social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them everywhere:, one of Our Partners, is a free online listings service for registering your gigs and building your fan base:

The Indie Bible, a great music promotion resource:


Other websites of interest:

Music Gateway – where creative music projects get done:

Bristol Archive Records is a record label dealing in Bristol post punk and reggae 1977 onwards:

Sodajerker – interviews with some of the world’s most successful songwriters:

Hear The Music Play – Looking for independent equipment reviews? Try this US site:

The Music Venue Trust was created in January 2014 to protect the UK live music network:

UK Music is a campaigning and lobbying group, which represents every part of the recorded and live music industry:

Music Think Tank – where the music industry thinks out loud:

The 100% Bristol Music Show on BCfm:

Department of International Trade (formerly UK Trade and 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:

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:

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


Miscellaneous Items:


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