The MPA encourages open participation in policymaking. Through our committees and our member-elected board, we strive to ensure that music publishers are fully represented in discussions with Government, the wider music business and the general public.
Harnessing the wider expertise of our membership, MPA Group staff are supported by the following Boards, Committees and Groups to help guide our policy in specific areas:
In 2017 the MPA launched a series of ‘Policy Picnics’, offering deeper discussion on specific issues between committee meetings, these take place quarterly. Members of the MPA can also engage with PRS for Music via our quarterly half a day 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.
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 the 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.
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 The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City and many more, and to keep you in the loop of upcoming news and events, all members receive a monthly e-newsletter.
Over recent years we have looked to develop partnerships with events attracting a younger demographic – working with organisations like 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 2020 we announced a NXT-Gen Membership scheme, opening access for thousands more young people to the MPA and music publishing.
The MPA is committed to championing a diverse music business that allows anyone to succeed regardless of gender, sexuality, background or nationality. We are proud that the make-up of the MPA’s staff is split equally by gender, and we have helped lead UK Music’s Diversity Taskforce.
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