Hello and welcome to section six of my series. This is the penultimate section on Industry Organisations.
I haven’t and won’t be giving contact information for organisations and services within this blog series, as a lot of the information within the directory will have been updated, changed completely or removed due to changes within the industry.
I will, however, be providing links to their respective websites, that way you can see up-to-date and relevant information pertinent for today’s climate.
The Musicians’ Union was founded in 1893 and has a proud history of service to musicians of all types. The music profession and the music industry have seen constant evolution and change over the years and the Musicians’ Union has evolved and changed with them, with one aim in view – to offer the musician a better service and a democratic organisation. You can help to shape its policies but only if you’re a member.
The Pop and Rock arena isn’t just about making records and shooting videos. The most successful bands excel in a live setting and record companies are aware of this. Early gigs will help you to polish up your live performance in the hopes of becoming successful. Becoming a member of the Musicians’ Union, you can do the same work they do and actively campaign to change the industry and make it better for the artist or band. The best thing is, anyone can join. To learn more and find out how to join follow this link: www.musiciansunion.org.
Releasing Your Own Product
Increasingly, bands and artists are recognising the promotional value of releasing their own product. The following industry organisations exist to control the distribution of monies to the relevant parties.
Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)
Acting on behalf of its members who have created content either as a composer, songwriter and music publisher, MCPS is a not-for-profit membership organisation that negotiates agreements with those who wish to record music, ensuring the copyright owners are rewarded for the use of their music.
Every time a musical work is copied, or a copy of the work is issued to the public, a mechanical royalty is generated. This includes not only the recording of a song for sale on a sound carrier (e.g. CD, cassette etc.) but also where music is copied into TV and radio programmes, feature films, TV and radio commercials, videos, the internet, retail multimedia, premium products (e.g. a free CD with a newspaper) and mobile phone ring tones. MCPS levies a variety of commission fees, depending on the source of the royalties and the administration necessary to process the royalties.
For more information about this organisation, follow the link and research to see if this could be beneficial to you and your project: www.mcps.co.uk.
Performing Right Society (PRS)
PRS is a not-for-profit membership organisation that works on behalf of its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, to licence the public performance and broadcast of their copyright works. The society collects the licence fees, assembles information about the usage of works, then distributes royalties to members.
As well as licencing all terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcasters, and the use of music online, PRS also has about 40 different tariffs for the live or recorded public performance of music in venues including concert halls, pubs, clubs, factories, shops, offices and even aircraft and zoos. For more information on the Performing Right Society (PRS) follow this link: www.prs.co.uk.
Although remaining separate in terms of income, constitution, membership and guardianship of separate rights, MCPS and PRS are now working together as an operational alliance; The MCPS-PRS Alliance. For more information about the alliance for this link: www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk.
This is it for this week on Industry Organisations, join me next week as I delve into the final section of this journey, ‘Media’. Although it’s not the final section of the guide, it’ll be the final section of this series. I will however be including an honourable mention to section eight, ‘Tuition/Training’ as there’s not much to say about it, so for that I’ll be putting forward my own observations.