GCEP applications are now open


The MPA is delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Graduate Certificate in Editorial and Production (GCEP), the only course in the UK offering extended specialist training in this area for music publishing.

Created for those entering or furthering a career in the editorial and production areas of printed music publishing, the course offers unique and comprehensive training. The course is designed and delivered by highly experienced industry experts, including Elaine Gould (Senior New Music Editor, Faber Music), James Eggleston (Head of Publishing, Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers), Stuart Pearce (Director of Music Publishing, Trinity College London Press), Harriet Wybor (Classical Account Manager at PRS for Music) and Sam Lung (Composer, Music Editor and Publishing Specialist).

This industry-approved qualification fills a perceived skills and training need that is not currently met by any other music school or organisation in the UK.  Running from Saturday 12th January 2019 to Saturday 11th May in Central London, the majority of the course will be delivered in weekly 3-hour sessions taking place on weekday evenings with three Saturday sessions. Topics include production, planning and costing, the rules of engraving, pop music principles and proofreading.

Places are limited to just fifteen people per course and therefore early booking is encouraged. The course fee is £1,750 including VAT.

Richard King, Chief Executive, Faber Music & Chair of the PMLL Board, said of the benefits of the course: The MPA Graduate Certificate provides all the tools and knowledge needed for a really strong grounding in music publishing, and is delivered by professionals with real hands-on experience. I can’t imagine a better springboard from which to build a successful career in the industry.

Louise Unsworth, Project Editor, Product Creation, Hal Leonard Europe and 2016/2017 student said: This excellent course gives you an overview of the commercial aspects of the industry, as well as practical editorial skills that can often be difficult to acquire unless you are already working in the industry. Industry expert Elaine Gould, alongside guest tutors, provided invaluable expertise and constructive feedback. The skills learnt on this course has most certainly helped me progress in my role as Project Editor.

Robin Haigh, 2016/2017 student and British Composer Award winner said: “The course is highly recommended and provides an excellent and comprehensive introduction to a wide range of topics relating to music publishing.”

For more information about the course and to download the application form, please visit


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