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Council of
Music Makers

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;—
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Who we are

The voice for all UK music creators and performers, the UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) consists of the Ivors Academy, FAC, MMF, MPG and the MU, jointly campaigning for protections in law for the UK music industry’s creative talent, to ensure they can thrive in the digital age.

Without music and someone to perform it, there is no music business.

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Call for Arts Council England funding to enable venues to reopen with music, not remain silent #LetTheMusicPlay

LONDON - July 17, 2020

The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) - comprising FAC, Ivors Academy, MMF, MPG and the MU - call on Government and Arts Council England to strategically use the COVID culture funding package to open venues safely and support music performance as a priority.    

As the united voice of music creators and performers, CMM writes to you in consideration of the opportunity for effective trickle-down potential of the Government's £1.5bn cultural fund by spending it wisely to support economic and musical activity, not inactivity.  

It is beneficial to our wider industry - and its vast economic contribution - to encourage and fund music venues (and other businesses) to reopen safely, with limited capacity and following COVID-safe guidelines, rather than supporting continuing closures.   

CMM understands the support of infrastructure such as venues and festivals is key to aid the recovery and revitalisation of the music industry ecosystem and we urge you to implement this with consideration to the supply chain of such organisational funding recipients.  

The positive effect of opening venues ‘primes the pump’ to allow money to move through the supply chain. By doing this you can support the livelihoods of the live industry as a whole, including artists and their teams, tech and hospitality staff within venues. This also has the huge public benefit of bringing live music back to the people.  

Our collective memberships - musicians, songwriters, composers, producers, featured artists, and their managers are vital to this restart and looking holistically at how funding is best used, you must consider their all-important place within the ecosystem.  

Funding mothballing of institutions serves to be counterproductive and much less beneficial for the wider economy than a subsidised restarting of economic activity. We call for this to be held in consideration when choosing to support organisations with this vital cultural fund.    

Yours sincerely,  

Council of Music Makers (UK)
Featured Artists Coalition (FAC)
Ivors Academy (IA)
Music Managers Forum (MMF)
Music Producers Guild (MPG)
Musicians’ Union (MU)

CMM lobbying update during the coronavirus pandemic

LONDON May 2020

During this crucial period, CMM has been working with DCMS and other music industry trade bodies, helping to develop solutions to hardship in our community and communicating the needs and experiences of our collective memberships. We understand there are still gaps and issues, and we continue to fight to close those. You can view some of CMM’s recommendations in this document Music Sector: Post Lockdown Priorities and Stimulus Package.

Please be assured that CMM continues to work diligently behind the scenes for you. In making our case to the government, it is hugely helpful for you to fill out any impact surveys published by your home organisations, FAC, Ivors Academy, MPG, MU and MMF. Please do continue talking to them about what you need. We will get through this together.

Call to sign Pledge Music survey - help the music industry help artists and business impacted

  LONDON, June 5th 2019

CMM companies Ivors Academy, FAC, MMF, MPG and MU have united with a host of music trade organisations and charities to launch a survey to assess the impact of the PledgeMusic collapse on artists in the UK. We urge all UK artists affected to fill out the survey so the industry can work collectively to assess what next steps can be taken and ensure support is given as required. PLEASE SHARE the survey with all artists impacted and use the hashtag #PledgeMusicAction

UK Council of Music Makers statement on the European Copyright Directive

  LONDON, March 26 2019

The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) welcomes the European Parliament vote to approve the Copyright Directive. This is a historic turning point in the evolution of the digital era as outdated laws are modernised to balance the value gap between tech platforms that host creative works, whilst adequately remunerating and protecting the rights of those who create those works, as well as fans who wish to share the joy that such creative works bring.

Music makers are significant contributors to culture, as well as providing considerable growth in the economy. The full package of the Copyright Directive enables positive progress towards a digital future that is up to date with consumers and supportive of our creative community. Modernising the industry, it encourages a healthier market with real fairness and transparency. It promotes a sustainable, innovative, balanced music business with music makers at its heart.

The CMM has supported the positive campaigning of our UK and European counterparts to ensure that our message has been heard. We send special thanks to MEPs Axel Voss, Helga Truepel and Sajjad Karim for their support and work on this.

The CMM is looking forward to working with the industry on early and effective implementation of these new developments, to further support a flourishing future for the music business.

About UK Council of Music Makers (CMM)

The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) - comprising Ivors Academy, FAC, MMF, MPG and the MU - represents the voice of UK songwriters, music producers, performing artists, musicians and music managers.

Featured Artists Coalition (FAC)
Ivors Academy (formerly BASCA)
Music Managers Forum (MMF)
Music Producers Guild (MPG)
Musicians’ Union (MU)  


Thursday 13th September 2018

The CMM is campaigning to achieve modernisation, fairness and transparency for music makers.

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Championing a bright future for music makers

A video message from CMM’s first patron Imogen Heap / MyCelia

LONDON, September 13th, 2018 -- The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) – comprised of BASCA, FAC, MMF, MPG, MU - launches today, whilst commending the EU Copyright Directive vote result.  

The CMM campaigns for a better future for music makers, to ensure that they can thrive in the digital age. Its mission is to fight for the rights of songwriters, performing recorded artists, music managers, music producers and musicians that contribute to the music industry’s £4.4bn GVA contribution to the UK economy.

  Following the result of the EU Copyright Directive vote, announced September 12th, the CMM says: “The CMM commends the positive progress made with the vote result. We have supported the activity of our UK and European counterparts on this matter and lobbied at home and in Brussels, to ensure that our message is heard on the importance of the Copyright Directive as an opportunity to modernise the laws and commercial landscape governing how music makers get paid and how music fans engage with music.  

“Music makers bring untold joy and entertainment to the masses. They are significant contributors to culture, as well as providing a grand boost to the economy beyond most other sectors. The CMM believes that the full package of the proposed EU Copyright Directive as a whole will support our community, help modernise the industry, encourage a healthier market with fairness and transparency, and promote a sustainable, innovative music business with music makers at its heart. This is vital in ensuring music makers are clearly and adequately remunerated for their work.”  

To mark its launch, the CMM teamed up with creative and executive talent at London’s Strongrooms.  

As the business of being a music maker continues to evolve, the CMM will continue to campaign for a music ecosystem that is fully fair and fit for purpose – post-Brexit this will be at UK level with government and the IPO, for modernisation of the legal framework.  

The CMM is keen to engage partners to collaboratively aid its mission. It calls for government to convene representatives of the rights holders and creators in the music industry, to instigate a thorough discussion on transparency, updating pre-digital era contracts, ensuring contracts are fair, addressing value gaps and inequalities, and reviewing revenue flows. The CMM reminds government of its manifesto pledge of; “We will ensure content creators are appropriately rewarded for the content they make available online.”  

Without music and someone to perform it, there is no music business. Imogen Heap, music maker / FAC / MyCelia, says: “As a Music Maker in the digital era, and as part of CMM, I want to ensure the future is positive, progressive, and flourishing for creators in their development and beyond. The current climate around the economics of streaming and the digital transition of the music business has been hampered by outdated laws and outmoded contracts which can be convoluted, confusing and unfair - particularly for those music makers without the resources to fully understand or challenge them.

  “With collective voice and clout as the CMM, we pledge to take action on such issues with government, working with the IPO and others, to create an economy in which music makers can progress and thrive alongside innovations in technology.”

  Cam Blackwood, Record Producer / MPG, adds: “Music makers are the foundation and the future of the music business. The CMM wants to change the broken economics creatives face. The current model is failing future talent while it is based on the past. The CMM is here to make sure it’s sustainable.”

  Crispin Hunt, Chair, says: “As CMM, Music Makers provide the UK with a ‘one stop shop’ forum allowing labels, publishers, innovators, platforms, politicians or lobbies of any kind to commence constructive dialogue towards the fairer, more accurate, more transparent, more progressive, more innovative, more competitive music marketplace we all seek and the future demands. We look forward to that journey.”

  About Council of Music Makers Championing a bright future for music makers - the UK Council Of Music Makers (CMM), comprised of BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers & Authors), FAC (Featured Artists Coalition), MMF (Music Managers Forum), MPG (Music Producers Guild), MU (Musicians’ Union), are jointly campaigning for protections in law for the UK music industry’s creative talent to ensure they can thrive in the digital age.  

  CMM would like to thank founding patron Imogen Heap and Mycelia for supporting our work.

  The UK Council of Music Makers - comprised of BASCA, FAC, MMF, MPG, MU - launches with music industry talent and executives at Strongrooms Bar in Shoreditch, London.  

Pictured left to right:

Top row - Keith Ames (MU), Graham Davies (BASCA), Crispin Hunt (Music maker/BASCA), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Cameron Craig (Producer/Engineer/Mixer/MPG), Frank Carter (Artist), Matt Greer (ATC Management) and Dean Richardson (Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes).
Middle row - Andrew Hunt (Record Producer/MPG), Annabella Coldrick (MMF), Jess Iszatt (BBC), Kevin Brennan MP, Dave Rowntree (Musician/FAC), Olga Fitzroy (Recording and Mixing Engineer), Richard Lightman (Producer/Composer/Sound Designer/MPG).
Bottom row - Jill Hollywood (Producer manager, Echo Beach Management), Jack Savoretti (Artist), Helienne Lindvall (Songwriter/Musician/BASCA), Ninja (Artist), Issie Barratt (BASCA), Naomi Pohl (MU), Ric Salmon (ATC Management/MMF), Cam Blackwood (Record Producer/MPG).  

Photo credit: Joanna Dudderidge


CMM runs on the generosity of our five member groups and patrons. We have plans to make available valuable events and workshops in the future that will benefit Music Makers and beyond. If you’d like to partner with us in providing education, fun and more services to our community, we’d be delighted for you to connect with us to explore opportunities.




CMM would like to thank founding patron Imogen Heap and Mycelia for supporting our work.

About Mycelia

Founded by Imogen Heap, Mycelia is a research and development hub for music makers, driven by a growing community of creatives, technologists and industry champions for the love of music. Their mission, through technology, is to bring to life a music maker database which will help realise a fair, sustainable and vibrant music ecosystem. To the non-music folks, this ultimately means fairer and faster payments to artists and a richer marketplace from which to build their careers by easing collaboration creatively and commercially.

About Imogen

Self-produced, independent, engaged, Imogen Heap continues to blur the boundaries between pure art form and creative entrepreneurship. Writing and producing 4 solo albums, Heap has developed a strong relationship with her fanbase. Creating tracks for movies, TV and most recently, the entire score for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, in addition to collaborating with artists including Ariana Grande, Mika, Nitin Sawhney, Josh Groban and Deadmau5, Heap’s been nominated for five Grammys, winning one for engineering and another for her Taylor Swift’s contribution on the album 1989. She has also won an Ivor Novello Award, the Artist and Manager Pioneer award, the MPG Inspiration Award, a Drama Desk win for Outstanding Music in a Play and an honorary Doctorate of Technology. In addition to her 20+ year music career, Heap strives to humanise the technology surrounding music performance and business operations with projects including the MI.MU gloves, a gestural music making system, and Mycelia’s ‘Creative Passport’ an ID hub for music makers.




- FanFair guide for Artists - How to stop ticket touts
- Artist to Artist to Fan - FAC Pledge Fan Guide
- PledgeMusic Administration – AIM Guidance Note
- Do The Rights Thing - Top Tips: How To Network
- Attitude Is Everything - DIY Access Guide

Ivors Academy
- Manage Your Composing Career.
- Five Top Tax Tips.
- The Art of Negotiation.
- Songwriters on Songwriting.

- Managing Expectations: An exploration into the changing role and value of the music manager.
- Dissecting the Digital Dollar.
- The Music Managers Guide to Mental Health.
- Tips for Beating Tours When Buying Tickets Online.

- Resources coming soon...

- Safe Space - Sexual Harassment and Discrimination.
- Fair Play Venue Scheme.
- Advice on Hiring Musicians.

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FanFair guide for Artists - How to stop ticket touts Download here.
Artist to Artist to Fan - FAC Pledge Fan Guide Download here.
PledgeMusic Administration – AIM Guidance Note Download here.
Do The Rights Thing - Top Tips: How To Network Download here.
Attitude Is Everything - DIY Access Guide Download here.

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- Advice from Classical composers Dr Shirley Thompson OBE, Alexander Campkin, John McLeod and Soosan Lolavar.

- Eric Longley, Director of Taxation at Prager Metis, shares his wisdom with the aim to help composers and lyricists with this necessary part of business.

- Award-winning composer and sound designer, Marc Sylvan, on knowing your worth and knowing how to get it.

- Highlights from BASCA and FAC event ‘All About Songwriting’ hosted by Imogen Heap and Katie Melua, featuring: MNEK, Carla Marie Williams, William Orbit and BASCA Fellow Don Black.

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Managing Expectations, is underpinned by a survey of more than 180 music managers as well as in-depth interviews conducted by Music Ally’s Eamonn Forde with managers representing acts including The 1975, Gorillaz, Mumford & Sons, Robbie Williams, J Hus, Little Simz, Nick Cave, The xx, Blue Lab Beats, Two Door Cinema Club and Bill Ryder-Jones.

In detail, it examines how managers support talent development, their relationships with record labels, the diverse and expanding skills set they require, the challenges around mental health, and the evolving commercial models between music managers and both their creative clients and industry partners.

- Helping artists and managers navigate the streaming business.
- Dissecting The Digital Dollar is a series of reports, guides and tools from the Music Managers Forum designed to help artists and managers better understand the streaming business and the impact the shift to streaming has had on the wider recorded music industry. The reports were produced for the MMF by music business consultancy CMU Insights.

- Looking after yourself and the artists you work with.
- MMF and Music Support present this guide to help managers: achieve in their job without sacrificing their health, provide information on what to do if management or artists are having difficulties, and signpost organisations and services that exist to help and support during emergencies and in the longer term.

- Making ticketing fairer and more transparent for audiences and for artists.
- The FanFair Alliance has put together this guide, with 10 tips to successfully navigate the ticket-buying process. There are no guarantees of success but their advice will reduce your risk of getting ripped off – and help you buy tickets at the price set by the artist, not by a ticket tout.

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Resources coming soon...

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- Support and guidance if you face sexual harassment, discrimination or abuse in the workplace. - You can also sign up to support the Music Sector Code of Practice.

- A database of venues that have signed up to the MU’s Fair Play Guide, committing to treat musicians fairly.

- Information for members of the public who want to know how to find a music teacher or live music for their event, and what they need to know in advance.

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