Music Industry Links

Music Industry Links

The Music Industry Links below are for organisations who support music industry activities for a broad range of professionals, aspiring professionals, companies and projects.


AIM is the not-for-profit trade body exclusively representing the UK’s independent music sector. Now in its 20th year, AIM’s members range from the largest, most respected record labels and associated music businesses in the world to self-releasing artists and the next generation of entrepreneurs in music. AIM promotes the sector globally and provides a range of services, commercial opportunities and practical help to members.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England are the national development agency for creativity and culture. ACE want to grow skills, knowledge and networks to help establish the conditions in which creativity and culture can flourish across the country.  Below are three funding streams offered through Arts Council England:

National Lottery Project Grants is an open access programme for arts, museums and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations.

Creative People and Places focuses on parts of the country where involvement in arts and culture is significantly below the national average. ACE believe that everyone has the right to experience and be inspired by art, and they want to transform the opportunities open to people in those places.

Developing Your Creative Practice encourages ambitious work from independent creative practitioners. This programme specifically supports independent creative practitioners, who can apply for grants of up to £10,000.

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement.

They help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

Help Musicians UK has a funding wizard on their website that’s worth trying out:

Higher Rhythm

Provides music & media industry services and opportunities across the Yorkshire region including two recording studios, a licensed radio station, a record label, digital distribution, events promotion, artist development programmes, enterprise support, courses (including national & higher national diplomas) and volunteering opportunities. Providing the entire music and radio industries under one roof, Higher Rhythm is unique regionally, and is an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation as well as running artist development programmes funded by Help musicians UK and the PRS foundation talent development partner programme.


Acts as a centralised point to support, develop, grow and promote music in the city across all levels, genres and cultures. ML run projects, events, workshops, create networking opportunities, and signpost information on music in Leeds. ML work with individuals, artists, musicians, local organisations and businesses, funding bodies, local and national government and national music industry bodies.

Musicians Union

Membership is currently £227 per year. If you’re a student you can join for £20 per year. Benefits include Public Liability Insurance as well as basic equipment insurance. Whether you choose to become a member or not their website has some helpful general information for musicians at every level.

Music Venues Trust

Music Venue Trust is a charity which acts to protect, secure and improve Grassroots Music Venues, aiming to secure the long-term future of these venues which have played a crucial role in the development of British music. The MVT aim to preserve and improve venues, making them more efficient and improving the experience for performers and audiences.


FREE to join! Collects royalties on behalf of the performer(s) on any recording. If you are self- releasing you need to registers as BOTH a performer and a rights holders. For example, if you sang backing vocals on another bands track music and it gets released, then the label should register you as ‘backing vocals’. This means you will receive performer royalties if that track is played on the radio or similar. However, you must be a member to receive this.

PRS Foundation

The UK’s leading funder of new music and talent development, investing in the future of music by supporting talent development and new music across the UK. Enabling songwriters and composers of all backgrounds to realise their potential and reach audiences across the world.

PRS For Music

Collects on behalf of the songwriter(s) on any recording. Log your live performances with PRS and receive a fee. Songwriters are advised to register all their original songs with PRS, new and old. There is a £100 one-off joining fee for life-time membership.


If you are a music industry support organisation or funder whose work involves supporting music businesses in Yorkshire, and you would like your organisation to be listed amongst the above music industry links, feel free to contact us here