About the MPA

The MPA is the UK trade association for music publishers. We have around 200 members, covering every genre of music. From Adele to the Beatles and Skepta, our members represent the rights of a variety of songwriters & composers.


Why become a Student Member?

The Music Publishing business can seem hard to break into but it is not a closed shop. The more you know, the better chance you have of getting where you need to go. The MPA is passionate about encouraging and supporting the next generation of industry professionals.

Contacts are everything and so make the most of everyone you meet. You need to have a basic idea of music publishing; what it is, why it is necessary and where it comes into play.

The MPA Student Membership allows you unrivalled access to the music publishing community and the music industry as a whole.

Whether you want to get a job in music publishing, start your own publishing company or just want to find out more and get involved in the industry, the Student Membership is for you!



Career Help & Advice

  • Submit your details and CV to the MPA’s Job & Work Experience seekers list. This list is accessible to all our members, ensuring your details are in front of hiring companies.
  • Looking for a Professional Mentor? The MPA can hook you up with industry professionals who are open to mentoring.
  • The MPA can give feedback and advice on your CV.

Events/Networking Opportunities

  • Discount on all MPA training and professional development courses, including the industry-renowned Induction Course for all those wanting to learn more about the ins and outs of music publishing.
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with MPA’s membership, including our ever-popular pub socials.
  • Invite to our Annual MPA AGM and Summer Party.
  • A chance to win a pair of tickets to the legendary MPA Christmas Lunch, which hosts hundreds of delegates from across the music industry.
  • Join the MPA Futures Group – a 


  • Your Student Member profile on the MPA Member directory – details can include; a brief bio stating what you are studying, the areas of work you are interested in, your skills, passions and experience to date.
  • Receive monthly e-newsletter to keep you up-to-date on MPA matters, industry news, events and offers.
  • Access to the Member’s section of the MPA website including all the MPA standard form agreements.
  • Free access to Music Gateway’s Game Changer package, normally worth £199 – click here to find out more.


Joining Is Easy!

Subscription fee to become an MPA Student member is £25 inc. VAT per annum.

Membership runs for a year from the date of joining. Students can join for a max of 4 consecutive years.

Full-time UK students between the ages of 18 and 26 and in possession of either a valid NUS or respective university/college student card can join the MPA as Student Members. Students who are employed by a music publishing company are not eligible for Student Membership. Student Members are not allowed to put themselves forward for election to the MPA Board or vote at the AGM.


University Membership

Alternatively, why not ask your course leader to take out a University subscription on your behalf? £575 per annum for a University subscription gives 25 students access to the MPA Student Membership. Wider partnerships, including full University Membership, are also available. Please email natalie.graham@mpagroup.com for more information or to discuss a more tailored package.


Complete the MPA Student application form by clicking here.

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