MPA &Training


The MPA is committed to supporting the professional development of those already working in the music publishing industry, those working for related organisations and individuals seeking to enter the music business.

Working alongside colleagues across the music industry, the MPA is also actively involved in strengthening the training infrastructure for the music business as a whole, and providing clear guidance for new or potential entrants.


MPA Courses

The MPA organises a regular programme of training events for its members and others with an interest or involvement in music publishing. Almost all MPA training courses and seminars are open to both members and non members alike, except where specifically noted otherwise. 

The new MPA Graduate Certificate in Editorial & Production is the only industry approved course in the UK offering extended, specialist training in editorial and production for music publishing. Click here to learn more. The Course will not run for the 2015/2016 period but details of the 2016/2017 course will be on our website at the beginning of 2016.

The MPA organises four Induction Courses a year for those new to, or seeking to enter, the business of music publishing. The one and a half day course is designed to provide an essential overview of the music publishing industry, its organisations and their roles and is delivered by a range of speakers including those drawn from the MPA, member publishers, PRS for Music and UK Music. For details of upcoming courses see the list of events to the right.

We also organise a programme of specialist seminars. Designed primarily for members but also accessible to non-members, recent courses have focused on royalties & tracking, synchronisation licensing, and catalogue acquisition.

The MPA and MMF Training run a joint Music Publishing Professional Development Programme, consisting of six modules, each involving an expert panel and designed to inform delegates about a particular aspect of the business of music publishing.

The MPA/MMF Training Artist/Music Management Professional Development Programme consists of six three-hour sessions covering all the latest developments in the field.


MPA cross-industry training activities

The MPA is actively involved in a number of cross-industry training initiatives and chairs the UK Music skills and education group.


Music Education Directory

Designed for all those considering a career in the music industry, the Music Education Directory  offers a searchable database of all music-focused courses offered in the UK. The website currently contains details of over 1200 courses.  


MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship

The MPA Richard Toeman Scholarship Scheme is designed to support the progress of outstanding individuals within the music publishing industry; to encourage potential, or new, recruits to the industry to develop their skills and experience through study; and to encourage each year’s recipients to achieve an enhanced preparedness for a successful career in the music publishing industry.

The Scholarship is split into two categories – existing music publishing employees; and final year students/recent graduates. Two winners will be chosen each year, one in each category. The award provides the winners with a comprehensive range of training and networking opportunities. Find out  more.