MPA invites applications for Graduate Certificate in Editorial and Production


Following a successful inaugural year, the Music Publishers Association (MPA) is delighted to announce it will be running its Graduate Certificate in editorial and production again in 2016.

This biannual course is the only one of its kind in the UK. Designed as a vocational qualification by music publishers and delivered by highly experienced industry experts, it provides comprehensive training for those starting or developing a career in editorial and production of printed music products across print and digital media.

The MPA takes great pride in the follow on success rate of the Graduate Certificate in editorial and production. Of the nine graduates from the 2013/14 course there are currently seven employed in editorial and production jobs across the sector. With the 2016/17 course we aim to include representation from even more professionals in order to provide the best education, networking and employment opportunities possible.

Running from September 2016 to February 2017 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 15 per course, and therefore early booking is encouraged. The course fee is £1,620 for applications received by the 30 June. After that date and until the final deadline of 30 August, the fee is £1,750.

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.”

2013/14 students said:

“The GCEP course is great for anyone wanting to embark on a career in music publishing. Having Elaine Gould and Simon Mathews as tutors was invaluable as they have extensive experience and knowledge of the industry. The course covers a wide range of topics which are all useful and relevant to music publishing today, which has helped me progress in my current job at Boosey & Hawkes.” – Alex Joannides, 2013/14 Graduate now working at Boosey & Hawkes

“This unique course is proven to deliver! Two graduates from the previous course are now employed as full-time editors at Music Sales, and this qualification certainly helped their applications to the company stand out from other candidates. It is clear that the course content helps students develop the specialist knowledge and skills required to progress in the industry, and is highly recommended to anyone serious about a career in Music Publishing.” – Tom Farncombe, Director, Product Creation at Music Sales and employer of two 2013/14 Graduates

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

For further enquiries please contact Nico Evans, course administrator. Email:

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