Harnessing the wider expertise of our membership, MPA staff are supported by the following committees to help guide our policy in specific areas:

Pop publishing
Classical publishing
Printed music publishing
Library publishing
Education and training

All are fed into with updates from our Public Affairs and Governance Group – while in 2017 the MPA launched a series of ‘Policy Picnics’, offering deeper discussion on specific issues between committee meetings. Members of the MPA can also engage with PRS for Music via our quarterly day-long Member Updates – allowing you to set the agenda and speak directly to PRS for Music executives and staff. The MPA also sits on the PRS for Music Operational Group to ensure our views are represented.

Government Relations

The MPA sits at the music industry’s top table for government relations and is committed to evidence-based policymaking. We are founder members of UK Music and an active member of ICMP – making regular submissions to UK and European policymakers, and ensuring that music publishers’ views are prioritised on issues including BBC Charter renewal, music education in schools, and the future shape of copyright in Europe. For a list of our recent submissions, please click here [link].


The MPA takes a proactive approach to media and explaining music publishing to the wider world. The team speaks regularly to trade journalists, and to national and international media – helping set the music business agenda and promoting a wider understanding of our sector. We also secure speaking engagements and media opportunities for MPA members.

MPA staff are regular participants at key music business conferences, including MIDEM, MUSEXPO, The Great Escape and Westminster Media Forums and to keep you in the loop of upcoming news and events, all members receive a monthly newsletter.


Over recent years we have looked to develop partnerships with events attracting a younger demographic – working with organisations like Urban Development on their Industry Takeover and Small Green Shoots) as well as regularly presenting to university students, secondary school pupils and at UK Music careers events. The MPA also supports two schemes aimed at developing the careers of new entrants to our sector: the Richard Toeman Scholarship and the MPA Graduate Certificate in Editorial & Production. In 2017 we announced a Student Membership scheme, opening access for thousands more young people to the MPA and music publishing.


Music knows no boundaries, and the MPA is committed to championing a diverse music business that allows anyone to succeed regardless of gender, background or nationality. We are proud that the make-up of the MPA’s staff is split equally by gender, and we have help lead UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce.

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