A-Z of CATEGORIES

‘A professional trade association representing and advocating for the voice of American Roots music in the UK. Our membership comprises musicians, both from the UK and overseas, plus professionals from all sectors of the music industry, such as agents, promoters, venues, festivals, labels, distributors, retailers, management, touring, journalists, broadcasters and publicists.’

~ Americana Music Association UK
VISITS (to the Website)168
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)236

Founded in 2011 as ‘the national professional association for arts development workers in the UK. Formerly the National Association of Local Government Arts Officers‘. ALERT ’At the last Trustees meeting, and after careful consideration with our Regional Coordinators, Trustees agreed that it was not appropriate to charge subscriptions for another year, and that the only possible next step would be to carry out a managed closure of Arts Development UK. ‘ [31 January 2018]

~ Arts Development UK
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)218

'The only UK organisation which is devoted entirely to supporting those leading choral music, both amateur and professional. We are committed to promoting, improving and maintaining opportunities for the professional development of all those leading singing of any kind, whether in the classroom or in the community. Our 800+ members represent nearly 2000 choral groups and include teachers, composers, singers and students, leading singing of all kinds. We run an extensive programme of courses and workshops, which cater for leaders of all kinds of singing, age groups and experience using a network of the best choral leadership trainers in the country.'

~ Association of British Choral Directors
VISITS (to the Website)229
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)166

'The national body representing the collective interests of professional orchestras, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector by providing advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.'

~ Association of British Orchestras
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)102

‘The main objects are: * To arrange events on a national basis, the form of which to be at the discretion of the host choir; * To encourage member choirs to arrange regional events in between the national Festivals; * To provide a channel for the exchange of information and discussion of mutually relevant matters; * To provide a wider platform for modern liturgical music and specialist training; * To provide a network for directors, organists and singers on the move or requiring assistance ... There is no subscription, and membership of the Association is open to all Cathedral Voluntary Choirs, by whatever name they are known. Since its formation in 1996, the Association has settled into a format of normally holding a weekend national event every eighteen months in either the spring or the autumn, often over one of the weekends of half term.’

~ Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)95
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)177

'The members comprise performers, teachers and those with an interest in our core aim, which is "to encourage the communication of English words, in singing and speech, with clarity, understanding and imagination".'

~ Association of English Singers & Speakers
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)298

‘A membership group of like-minded festival and event managers who believe in learning and teaching, sharing and networking to continuously improve the festival scene. Created in 1987 with a small gathering of people working in the community festival business, it now has over 250 members who exchange ideas and support one another to help develop our sector.’

~ Association of Festival Organisers
VISITS (to the Website)224
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)279

Founded 1949: ‘Aims to promote, develop and maintain public education in and appreciation of the art and science of music and in particular Gaelic Choral Music. It was formed purely as a representative body seeking to further the interests of all Gaelic Choirs. It is a governing body and does not interfere in any way whatsoever with the management or work of any individual choir.’

~ Association of Gaelic Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)210

‘A trade body established in 1999 to provide a collective voice for the UK’s independent music industry. AIM represents over 800 member companies, from the largest and most respected labels in the World, to small start-ups and individual artists releasing their own music for the first time. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally and provides a range of services to members, enabling member companies to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.’

~ Association of Independent Music
VISITS (to the Website)142
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)131

‘Accreditation and development body for the ART Training Scheme and Learning the Ropes, on a mission to improve the learning experience of new ringers ... Our Purpose To develop and support the delivery, integrity, and standards in the teaching, instruction and education in the art of change ringing.’

~ Association of Ringing Teachers
VISITS (to the Website)60
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)108

‘Founded in 1975 to promote a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing. We create opportunities which bring together teachers from all over the world. All AOTOS activities and services are open to members specialising in teaching any expression of song: from classical, through music theatre and folk, to jazz, rock and gospel; privately or in school, college or conservatoire.’

~ Association of Teachers of Singing
VISITS (to the Website)235
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137

... for Music, Dance and Speech: 'For nearly 100 years, we have been supporting community festivals to provide local opportunities for young performers. We support almost 300 festivals across the UK & Ireland and beyond ...'

~ British and International Federation of Festivals
VISITS (to the Website)163
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘A vibrant membership organisation founded in December 1969, covering the widest span of arts and science festivals in the UK. Our members include a huge range of genres including performing arts, literature, music, visual arts and outdoor arts. These include many of the large international cultural events, such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Cheltenham Festivals, through to small dynamic festivals such as the Corsham Festival and volunteer run festivals like Frome Festival and Proms at St Jude's.’

~ British Arts Festivals Association
VISITS (to the Website)155
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

'The professional body for music therapy in the UK, providing both practitioners and non-practitioners with information, professional support, and training opportunities. It is also a charity committed to promoting and raising awareness of music therapy, and providing information to the general public.'

~ British Association for Music Therapy
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)107

‘A healthcare charity giving medical advice to people working and studying in the performing arts. BAPAM help you overcome (and preferably avoid) work-related health problems, and we are dedicated to sharing knowledge about healthy practice.’

~ British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
VISITS (to the Website)144
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135

‘A registered charity supporting male barbershop singing in the UK. We are the largest barbershop organisation outside of North America, and have 60 registered choruses (choirs) and over 100 registered barbershop quartets. More and more people are experiencing the thrill and excitement of singing harmony in the distinctive barbershop style, which has resulted in a significant increase in the membership of our association. They all share the joy of singing - but it’s the harmony that makes the difference!’

~ British Association of Barbershop Singers
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)202

‘The wind band/ ensemble is arguably the fastest growing medium in “classical” music-making over the last 50 years. Much of this growth is due to the tremendous popularity of wind instruments in schools - Government research proves that wind bands have 25% more members within LEA Music Services than orchestras. Brass bands, string orchestras and other ensembles lag further behind. Many young musicians then progress to further study within conservatoires and universities, the majority of whom have active wind ensemble programmes. Others join the military music services - the Army validly claims to be the largest employer of classical musicians in the UK - which are of course focused around military bands. The vast number of adult community bands which exist all over the country offer players of all ages the opportunity to make music at a level which suits them. Accordingly, the scope of BASBWE is far reaching, both geographically and in terms of contact and influence ...’

~ British Association of Symphonic Bands & Wind Ensembles
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)144

‘The aim of the British BMG Fedeartion is to promote the performance and education of banjo, mandolin and guitar. It is committed to creating educational opportunities for players of all ages to learn and improve on their chosen instruments through running workshops and courses and advertising courses run by other individuals and organisations. The Festival is one of the main events in the BMG Federation's calendar and takes place every other year ... The Summer School is the other main event that the BMG Federation organises. This is an annual residential weekend, usually in June, offering courses for banjo, mandolin and guitar.’

 

~ British BMG Federation
VISITS (to the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)150

‘Formed in 1994 to support the understanding and enjoyment of the clavichord. It promotes recitals, workshops and lectures on the history, construction and repertoire of the instrument. It publishes a newsletter three times a year, which offers interesting and informative articles; reviews of concerts, books, music and recordings; and news of clavichord events in Britain and other European countries.’

~ British Clavichord Society
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)268

‘Founded in 1988 ... to further the interests of all involved with the oboe and bassoon ... whether students, amateurs, professionals or teachers ... The BDRS acts as a national forum for debate and the exchange of ideas, information and advice on all aspects of double reed instruments. It also fulfils an important role in encouraging greater interest in the instruments, and securing their place in the wider cultural and educational environment.‘

 

~ British Double Reed Society
VISITS (to the Website)228
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174

'Europe's oldest flute organisation has a lot to offer its members. Pan, the Society's journal, is recognised world-wide as a highly informative and entertaining flute journal. Three times a year Pan brings you articles on all aspects of the flute and flute playing. It is the authoritative guide to the latest flute news, listings of concerts, courses and reviews of new music, books and recordings.'

 

~ British Flute Society
VISITS (to the Website)101
Also indexedPan
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)207

‘Aims to advance the study of musical life in its full richness and diversity. We provide a forum for engaging in debate and sharing the findings of research through our many conferences and study days and through the publication of our journal Ethnomusicology Forum ... We offer awards to recognize outstanding scholarship, including the BFE Book Prize and grants and prizes for student members ... Membership is open to anyone interested in the study of music and dance from all parts of the world.’

~ British Forum for Ethnomusicology
VISITS (to the Website)100
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146

‘Promotes awareness, enjoyment, study, playing and ownership of harpsichords and related plucked keyboard instruments (such as the spinet and virginals) in Britain. Our aim is to create more public awareness and encourage more people to enjoy and play the harpsichord ... We compile a diary each month for our UK members; you can plan your concert-going with details of recitals and events featuring the Harpsichord that will take place throughout the British Isles during the forthcoming three months.‘

~ British Harpsichord Society
VISITS (to the Website)139
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)163

‘Exists to stimulate interest in all aspects of horn playing ... Membership includes three magazines per year and discounted tickets to the annual BHS festival each autumn.‘

~ British Horn Society
VISITS (to the Website)109
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)124

Founded 1976: ‘Encourages and promotes the study of the pipe organ, including the history and design of the instrument and its music. It owns the National Pipe Organ Register and is the listing body for historic organs. BIOS is effectively the amenity society for the British organ. It lobbies Government, Historic England and other national bodies on behalf of the instrument’.

~ British Institute of Organ Studies
VISITS (to the Website)92
Also indexedNational Pipe Organ Register
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

‘A discovery platform for new music in the UK. It grows all the time as more and more composers contribute their work, and as a diverse group of curators weave its content together in unique and original ways ... A treasure trove for anybody interested in new music from the 20th and 21st Centuries (including the present day), particularly music which has not been created for commercial gain and could otherwise be side-lined ... The British Music Collection is a space for composers who were either born in the UK or have worked in the UK to upload information about themselves and their works ... The Website is closely related to the British Music Collection physical archive – a publically accessible collection of over 40,000 scores, 21,000 recordings and other artefacts including books, programme notes and photographs housed at the state-of-the-art archive centre Heritage Quay at the University of Huddersfield. The British Music Collection celebrated its 50th Anniversary in November 2017.’

~ British Music Collection
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Also indexedUniversity of Huddersfield
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)136

‘Founded in 1979 by a group of musical enthusiasts, both amateur and professional, who believed in the need for an organisation which by its specific promotional efforts might help combat the generally indifferent attitude then widely displayed by many music lovers in this country towards their home-grown British musical tradition ... This aim is pursued through the dissemination of recordings and printed publications issued under the Society's own imprint, and the promotion of lecture-recital series and occasional concert performances for which the Society acts as sponsor.’

~ British Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)79
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)135

Formed 1985: ‘We exist to promote the trombone and its repertoire in all musical styles. The BTS commissions new compositions, arranges concerto performances, recitals, workshops, lectures and seminars. Once a year, we usually stage a major festival, held at a different location on each occasion, when a full day of trombone education and entertainment is on offer. There are also local and regional events and there is always a massed trombone choir session which everyone is invited to play in’.

~ British Trombone Society
VISITS (to the Website)79
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)106

‘The British Viola Society (BVS) welcomes membership from all violists: students, amateurs and professionals and also aficionados of the instrument ... aiming to support, promote and encourage every aspect of playing, teaching, composing and research relevant to the viola in Great Britain ... The British Viola Society is a member of the International Viola Society (IVS). 7% of members’ subscriptions go to the IVS, bringing together around 1500 violists across eighteen countries.’

~ British Viola Society
VISITS (to the Website)189
Also indexedInternational Viola Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)188
~ Choir Schools' Association
VISITS (to the Website)275
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)216

‘A community of like-minded people who believe every church should - and can - have good music at the heart of its worship and mission. A support network designed for clergy, musicians, and congregations alike, here you will find details of our people, our events, and the support and guidance we can give to you.’

~ Church Music Future
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)119
~ Cinema Organ Society
VISITS (to the Website)340
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176

‘Founded in 1976 for the benefit of anyone with an interest in these instruments and the music playable on them (which increasingly means just about anything!). We are very proud to be an organisation for everyone, young or old, keen amateur, student or celebrated soloist, from Great Britain or abroad. We know that everyone who joins will be looking for something slightly different from the Society ... CASS believes passionately in keeping the arts in a prominent place in contemporary society, and in these challenging times we hope to be among those to support the arts that they might be there for all to enjoy in the future. With this in mind, we offer funding for events and new works.‘

 

~ Clarinet & Saxophone Society of Great Britain
VISITS (to the Website)135
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)227

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music. We’re a non-profit cultural movement with hundreds of local branches around the world ... We’ve been working for the cause of Irish music since the middle of the last century (1951 to be precise). Our efforts continue with increasing zeal as the movement launches itself into the 21st century ... The Branch is the fundamental and most important unit of our movement, making it possible to propagate and strengthen our native cultural characteristics within local communities. Our members come together to organise sessions, classes, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, fleadhanna cheoil, and other events both for their own enjoyment and that of the community at large.’

~ Comhaltas
VISITS (to the Website)28
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)59

‘Formed in the UK in 1986, the Concert Promoters Association works to promote the interests of its members; and to represent them at a national level both to the public, and to other organisations, such as UK Music, the Office of Fair Trading, the Home Office, and the Departure of Culture, Media & Sport. If you are a member of the public, we highly recommend you visit the section on this website titled "About Your Concert Tickets".’

~ Concert Promoters Association
VISITS (to the Website)120
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)223

‘The voice of conservatoire education in the UK. We represent the collective views of eleven UK conservatoires. Our role is to develop best practice for training and education in the performing arts and to promote the sector’s excellence nationally and globally ... Each of the eleven UK conservatoires has its own distinct history, purpose and identity. Their different “flavours” provide applicants with an exceptionally wide range of study-options.‘

~ Conservatoires UK
VISITS (to the Website)54
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)102

‘For the preservation and promotion of Drum, Fife and Bugle Music ... The Corps of Drums Society was founded in London in 1977, with the aim of preserving and promoting drum, fife and bugle music based on the traditions of the British Army.’

~ Corps of Drums Society
VISITS (to the Website)78
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)112

‘The Association's membership consists of male voice choirs primarily from the Midlands and south west of England but this is not an exclusive criteria and other English male voice choirs would be very warmly welcomed to this organisation. The Associations aims are to raise charitable funds using the collective voices of English based Male Voice Choirs. Many thousands of pounds have been donated, to date, to various worthwhile charities.’

~ English Association of Male Voice Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115

‘EFDSS is the national folk arts development organisation for England. We are here to champion the English traditional arts – music, song, dance, storytelling, customs and traditions – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK.’

~ English Folk Dance & Song Society
VISITS (to the Website)99
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183

‘EPTA - the European Piano Teachers Association, UK Ltd was founded in 1978 by Carola Grindea, who also founded a Europe-wide co-ordinating body, EPTA. EPTA now has Associations in almost every European country, and an International Conference of all EPTA Associations is held in a different country each year ... The aims of EPTA UK are to promote excellence in piano teaching and performance, to bring teachers and performers together and to raise standards within the profession.‘

~ European Piano Teachers Association
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)90

Mission is ‘to support String Teachers - from teachers just starting out to those teaching at conservatoire level and beyond! ... We believe in the possibility for music to change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that as teachers we are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers‘.

~ European String Teachers Association
VISITS (to the Website)80
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)165

‘The Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Associations (FCOCA) exists for the benefit of those Associations to which old (former) choristers of any of the following foundations can belong: Cathedrals, Chapels Royal, Collegiate Churches, College Chapels of Oxford and Cambridge, and such other Choral Foundations as may from time to time be recommended by the Executive Committee for affiliation to the Federation ... The Federation exists to promote friendship amongst people from like backgrounds, to assist in maintaining and improving the high standard of cathedral music and help member associations to enter closer contact with one another.‘

 

~ Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers' Associations
VISITS (to the Website)102
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209

‘Exists to raise the profile of the guitar, and in particular stimulate interest amongst younger people. The current means to this end is by forming a network of existing societies to offer mutual support in the interest of promoting the classical guitar and related instruments, and providing a source of help and advice to enthusiasts.’

~ Federation of Guitar Societies
VISITS (to the Website)69
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)155

’As the "National Federation of Gramophone Societies", the Federation was launched in 1936. Although the title has been changed to reflect more recent developments, the aims of the movement have remained basically unaltered and the attraction is still present in the 21st century as over 200 societies continue to ply their trade. Recorded Music Societies are an integral but often unsung part of our musical fabric offering appreciation and understanding of music in stimulating and convivial company.’

~ Federation of Recorded Music Societies
VISITS (to the Website)104
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)265

‘We are a charity founded in 1956 and our purpose is: * To sustain our priceless heritage of cathedral music and support a living tradition; * To increase public knowledge and appreciation of that heritage and tradition; * To encourage high standards in choral and organ music; * To raise money by subscriptions, donations and legacies for choirs in need.’

~ Friends of Cathedral Music
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)192

‘An international organisation dedicated to the study of musical instruments. Founded in 1946, membership is open to all ... The Galpin Society is named after Canon Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), who had a lifelong interest in studying, collecting and making musical instruments. His enthusiasm is reflected in the Society’s broad remit today to promote the study of all kinds of musical instrument.‘

~ Galpin Society
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)305

‘The Guild was formed in 1888 and exists to encourage all musicians within the Church to attain the highest standards of music in the worship of Almighty God. Membership is open to anyone interested in church music and whilst the majority of members live in the UK the Guild has members living in all parts of the world.‘

~ Guild of Church Musicians
VISITS (to the Website)116
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

‘The home of songwriting for all songwriters, composers, singer songwriters, performing artistes, lyricists, DJs, poets and all those involved in the music industry whatever your age or experience.’

~ Guild of International Songwriters & Composers
VISITS (to the Website)121
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)158

Guitar Circus is first and foremost a charity that is dedicated to delivering opportunities that develop and nurture classical guitar education and performance across the UK. We offer ensemble training for talented students wishing to perform at the highest level and learn from world-class tutors through the National Youth Guitar Ensemble (NYGE). Every other year we present the World Youth Guitar Festival (WYGF) attracting students and whole ensembles of any ability from all over the world. Our festival features guitar workshops, concerts and other music activities including creating a giant classical guitar orchestra.‘

 

~ Guitar Circus
VISITS (to the Website)47
Also indexedNational Youth Guitar Ensemble | World Youth Guitar Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

‘The aim of the Society, which was formed in 1967, is "To advance, provide and encourage for the public benefit the art of handbell tune ringing in all its forms." It is the only national organisation supporting handbell, handchime and Belleplate players ... The Society is organised into 8 regions giving access to a nationwide network of handbell ringers from all walks of life and of varying abilities. Each region holds rallies where teams have the chance to ring individually or to combine to ring the same piece of music in “massed” ringing.’

~ Handbell Ringers of Great Britain
VISITS (to the Website)229
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)245

Founded 1913: ‘The IAO is an umbrella organisation which offers a national voice to all of its affiliated local associations. Including all of these associations the IAO comprises over 6,000 members worldwide. All people who love the organ and its music are welcome to join. Whilst many of our members are indeed organists and/or choir trainers, our wide range of programmes (many of which are arranged by our 90 affiliated associations) have a wide appeal to all.’

~ Incorporated Association of Organists
VISITS (to the Website)157
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)273

‘The UK's professional body for musicians. We support and protect the rights of those working in all areas of the music profession through our services, campaigns, and advice.‘

~ Incorporated Society of Musicians
VISITS (to the Website)193
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)223

‘The professional association for those involved in making, restoring, rebuilding and maintaining pipe organs in the UK. The work of our members is diverse, and a number of firms operate overseas. More than 35 businesses are accredited members, ranging in size from 1 to 50 employees. We also welcome anyone interested in the British pipe organ, either as individual or subscribing members.’

~ Institute of British Organ Building
VISITS (to the Website)68
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)81

‘The  only worldwide association for classical music artist managements. It is dedicated to serving all its members' needs including Affiliate and Group members and it strives to raise professional standards in the business of music.’

~ International Artist Managers' Association
VISITS (to the Website)134
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)190

‘Bringing together waits, waites,waytes, wayts, stadspijpers, stadtpfeiifer, ratmusik, piffari, piffaro and all those who perform as (or who are interested in) town and civic musicians from before 1836.’

~ International Guild of Town Pipers
VISITS (to the Website)97
Also indexedWaites
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)115

‘An arts agency dedicated to the promotion, understanding and enjoyment of the guitar, its music and artists. Our work places the guitar at the centre of an adventurous programming ethos that specializes in large-scale participatory events, reaching new audiences, nurturing talent and creating new music.’

~ International Guitar Foundation & Festivals
VISITS (to the Website)41
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)119

'The Society was founded in the United Kingdom on 1st January 1977, initially from members of the Band Section of the Military Historical Society ... The Society expanded rapidly with the formation of overseas branches and in 1998 an International Committee was formed to govern the Society, whilst the United Kingdom membership was established as a branch of the Society rather than the central nucleus as hitherto.'

~ International Military Music Society UK
VISITS (to the Website)98
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)236

‘A Trade Body for Songwriters and Composers ... We are the independent professional association for music creators across each and every genre – whether you create song, symphony or sync. And we are entirely self-funded, relying on the continued support of our members and partners to carry on our work ... While we have only been known as The Ivors Academy since 2019, we have existed since the 1940s, when the Composers Guild of Great Britain and the Songwriters Guild of Great Britain were formed. Along with the Association of Professional Composers, these three entities later became the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. And our flagship awards, The Ivors, have existed since 1956.’

~ Ivors Academy
VISITS (to the Website)163
Also indexedBritish Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)112

‘Grew out of informal discussions between jazz promoters, who felt the need to increase the profile and health of the music, and developed into a proposal to set up a formal network ... Membership is open to a wide variety of organisations and individual people who promote live jazz. This includes, for example, professional and voluntary promoting organisations, and festivals/ venues/ arts centres which feature jazz as part or all of their programme. We also welcome as members individuals or organisations who support the promotion of jazz. This includes, for example, organisations or people in education or media roles.’

~ Jazz Promotion Network
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)117

’LABBS is one of three barbershop-singing organisations in the United Kingdom. Our members love to sing and we take every opportunity to share our love of barbershop and our passion for harmony, wherever we can. Since its establishment in 1976, LABBS has grown to have 50 clubs and over 2000 members who are located up, down and across the country from Cornwall to Scotland. The choruses vary in size and are made up of women of all ages but at the heart is their shared love of singing, friendship and being part of a modern and dynamic association.‘

~ Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers
VISITS (to the Website)212
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)393

'Lesbians and Gays singing together | Umbrella Organisation for Lesbian and Gay Choirs in Europe'

~ Legato
VISITS (to the Website)154
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)227

'Exists to promote and champion Light Music throughout the world. It is also provides the necessary administration for the Library of Light-Orchestral Music ... The Society promotes a huge number of events throughout the year and annually mounts its own event where members can share their love for the Light Music genre.'

~ Light Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)150
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)268

'Founded in 1946, is the UK’s premier Bach Society and is dedicated to bringing the music of Johann Sebastian Bach "live" to both the devoted follower and curious newcomer. Our story is about a pioneering voyage of continuing musical discovery, innovation and adventure presented in the company of a Who’s Who of solo artistry, and a loyal and enthusiastic public following.'

~ London Bach Society
VISITS (to the Website)170
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)257

‘Promotes the art of cello playing, preserving its great traditions while encouraging its continuing development. The Society exists for the benefit of young students, professional players and teachers, for amateur players and lovers of the cello and its repertoire. As the “home” for cellists in the United Kingdom, the Society has presented some of the most exciting cello events of the concert season ... Our annual season also features educational events at major venues and cellist-composer celebrations, as well as a CelloDay for young students and special events for adult learners.’

 

~ London Cello Society
VISITS (to the Website)336
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)217

'Membership is open to composers living in and around London, UK ... LCF supports and promotes the work of its members (both amateur and professional), provides opportunities for learning, feedback on works in progress and discussion of ideas, and organises concerts for performance of new works by its members. The group also helps stimulate the creation of new works by co-ordinating workshops, tutorials and seminars on a wide range of composition related topics, from composition styles and theory through to the quirks of writing for particular instrumentations. There are no selection criteria for membership and the member composers range from beginners to professional composers with many years experience.'

~ London Composers Forum
VISITS (to the Website)147
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183

‘Exists to promote the lute and its music. Members get a new member's pack of 100 pages of lute music, a quarterly magazine, Lute News, with music supplement, an annual journal, “The Lute”, discounts on our growing range of publications and other benefits. Even if you can't make it to our meetings, playing days, and residential weekends in Britain, joining is an excellent way of building up your music library, and keeping in touch with other lute players, and with news in the lute world.’

~ Lute Society
VISITS (to the Website)117
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)187

‘The umbrella body for all organisations connected with music education in the UK, exists to provide a forum for debate and effect change through advocacy, representation and action.‘

~ Music Education Council
VISITS (to the Website)177
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)276

‘The UK trade body that represents the interests of UK businesses making and selling musical instruments and associated products. Manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishers and supporting businesses all come within our scope.’

~ Music Industries Association
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)183

Music Mark is a membership organisation for Music Services and/or Lead Organisations of a Music Education Hub, their teaching and support teams, their partners and their schools. We aim to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.’

~ Music Mark
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)141

‘Represents the full diversity of the UK’s music publishing sector. We act on behalf of 260 businesses that invest in, license works by, and support the livelihoods of songwriters, composers and lyricists – ranging from the UK’s largest and most established music publishers to independents and start-ups across all genres. These companies are the engine room of British music – they support our music makers – and drive an extraordinary cultural and economic success story.’

~ Music Publishers Association
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153

'A trade union run for its 30,000 members ... You're a musician, not a lawyer. You want to make music, not unduly worry about unpaid fees, cancelled bookings and intellectual property rights. That's why you join the Musicians' Union  ...'

~ Musicians' Union
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146

‘We exist to support accordion players young and old and all lovers of the instrument. We promote the accordion in the UK and worldwide ... Holds national competitions throughout the year, culminating in the UK Accordion Championships in the Spring. We celebrate the accordion and its players around the United Kingdom and Internationally in all styles and levels and welcome entries from all over the world.’

~ National Accordion Organisation of the UK
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)225

Founded 2017: ‘Represents a range of practitioners committed to supporting, developing and delivering person-centred music practice within healthcare ... The National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare is looking for new members to advocate for change, support the network, and build the evidence base for the efficacy of Person-Centered Music In Healthcare ... Our membership is diverse and includes organisations large and small as well as individuals’. Annual Conference held Early June.

 

~ National Alliance of Musicians in Healthcare
VISITS (to the Website)20
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)53

'An organisation run by volunteer officers with the aim of promoting choral music across the UK. To do this we provide help and assistance to member choirs, via this website, our periodic magazines News & Views, contact numbers and email addresses ... Our membership is growing rapidly, and numbers in excess of 700 choirs all around the UK. If you would like to find a choir local to you, see the Choirs link, and follow either the Choirs map or go to the geographic Group that interests you.'

~ National Association of Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)137
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)331

‘Has existed since 1981 to bring together all concerned with early music and to forge links with other early music organisations in the UK and around the world. NEMA also acts to represent musicians in the early music field to outside bodies, when required. Whatever your interest in early music - amateur or professional, scholar or performer, listener, instrument maker or CD buyer - you should join Nema.’

~ National Early Music Association
VISITS (to the Website)94
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)155

‘Britain's national harmonica association, with members world wide, supporting, helping and encouraging the playing of all types of music on the chromatic, diatonic, tremolo, octave and chord harmonicas.’

~ National Harmonica League
VISITS (to the Website)185
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185

‘We are a network of people who work with voice and song, and who believe that singing is everyone’s birthright, regardless of musical experience or ability.‘

~ Natural Voice Network
VISITS (to the Website)237
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)232

‘The Association, which is non political and non sectarian, provides a service to Flute, Brass, Concert and Accordion Bands within the one organisation. The North of Ireland Bands’ Association organises the Championship of Ireland Band’s Contest (including the Championship of the World for Flute Bands) and supports leagues which organise regular contests for different types of bands as well as solo, quartet and small ensemble competitions.‘

~ North of Ireland Bands’ Association
VISITS (to the Website)26
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)55

Aims ‘to promote male voice singing in North and Mid Wales’. About two dozen choirs in membership with contact details and links to Websites, where available. Also includes a Calendar of forthcoming events for some of the Choirs in membership.

~ North Wales Association of Male Voice Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)56
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)93

‘The Organ Club was founded by the famous British organ-builder, Henry Willis III. We aim to promote public awareness and appreciation of the art and science of the organ, its players and its music. Membership is open to all who are interested in the organ and organ music, anywhere in the world. Both players and non-players are equally welcome.‘

~ Organ Club
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)161

‘Founded in 1995 with the aim of raising the profile of this important musical genre. We provide a network for professional trios, encourage links with composers, organize master classes for student trios, sponsor lectures on the piano trio and its history, and seek in general to give it a more prominent role in the musical scene. Our reach is international and includes professional trios, composers, teachers, students, amateur players and others – we welcome everyone who values the piano trio medium and would like to support its development.’

~ Piano Trio Society
VISITS (to the Website)29
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)63

‘Founded in 1888, exists to promote the performance and study of liturgical chant and medieval polyphony, through the publication of editions, facsimiles and scholarly articles, and through educational and liaison events.’

~ Plainsong & Medieval Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)81
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170

’We're a network of most of the UK & Ireland's LGBT choirs and are really happy to share our experiences of starting up and growing. No choir is the same, but all choirs need a bit of elbow grease to keep them flourishing.’

~ Proud Voices
VISITS (to the Website)136
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)217

'The foremost society in the UK dedicated to the study of music. Membership is open to any individual interested in musical research.'

~ Royal Musical Association
VISITS (to the Website)93
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)188

'The heart and home of Pipe Bands world wide. The RSPBA is the recognised Centre of Excellence for the promotion and development of Pipe Band Music internationally.'

~ Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association
VISITS (to the Website)110
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)250

‘We are a Federation of Scottish societies of organists. Membership of any of the local societies is open to anyone with an interest in the organ ... While many of our members are practising organists, we welcome as members all those who have an interest in the organ and its music, and in church music. All local societies are affiliated to the Incorporated Association of Organists and SFO office bearers maintain cordial relationships with the IAO, the Royal School of Church Music and the Royal College of Organists ... The Scottish Churches Organist Training Scheme (SCOTS) is designed to provide organists and keyboard players with the skills to accompany and lead worship in church with confidence.‘

~ Scottish Federation of Organists
VISITS (to the Website)58
Also indexedScottish Churches Organist Training Scheme
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)142

‘Most children at state schools in Scotland do not have the opportunity to learn piping and drumming as part of their curriculum in the way they can learn other musical instruments. Most children at independent schools do. But this is not about class - it's about culture. Why should young people in Scotland not be able to learn piping and drumming at school - but they can learn the picolo or glockenspiel? If you would like to introduce piping and drumming tuition or a pipe band at your school get in touch and we can make it happen ...’

~ Scottish Schools Pipes and Drums Trust
VISITS (to the Website)90
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)134

‘The SMA welcomes interests in all musical repertoires and cultures and promotes music theory and analysis in the broadest sense, including formal and critical theory, aesthetics, semiotics, music psychology, cognitive science, music technology and many other subdisciplines and interdisciplines.’

~ Society for Music Analysis
VISITS (to the Website)49
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)125

‘Open to all organists active in the funeral business, and especially those playing at Crematoria ... Fellowship of the Society is available free of charge to organists of any ability who fulfil the following simple criteria: Do you act as an organist for funerals or play at a crematorium? If so, you are cordially invited to join this internet-based Society which aims to share information and conviviality with others involved in this important ministry.‘

~ Society of Crematorium Organists
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137

‘Promotes the study, practice and appreciation of the recorder.’

~ Society of Recorder Players
VISITS (to the Website)187
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)221

‘We are a membership organisation that provides support to organisations and individuals who help people make music in their communities - through leading music workshops and teaching - by providing these services: * supporting their professional development and providing opportunities to network; * giving information and advice and helping people make contacts; * raising awareness of issues in community music; * running a membership scheme.’

~ Sound Sense
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)107

‘The QUARTET OF NATIONS REGION 31 is a dynamic community of women singers representing Sweet Adelines International in England, Scotland, Wales and the Netherlands. We come together regularly to celebrate singing a cappella four-part harmony in barbershop style ... Today’s Sweet Adelines choruses and quartets sing exciting a cappella, four-part harmony music, barbershop style. The music includes special arrangements of today’s ballads, classic songs, popular show tunes and mainstream music.‘

~ Sweet Adelines International
VISITS (to the Website)51
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)125

Founded 2005: ‘Our purpose is to promote the Pipe and Tabor in all aspects including: performance, research, understanding and public profile. The Society holds a number of events, including an annual international festival. Our annual symposium explores the history, morphology, music and context of the tabor pipe around the world. We maintain a repertoire of music for the pipe and tabor.  This is available on-line to our members’.

~ Taborers Society
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)121

‘We are very much a “Club” at heart, aiming to provide a friendly focus for like-minded people who enjoy light music played on the Theatre Organ. The Club's work is facilitated by maintaining two districts (the North and the South) which ensures members' interests can be more closely catered for. There is also a bi-monthly newsletter to which members' contributions are encouraged. We are proud of our long-term appeal and along with members who have been with the club for over 60 years, there is also a steady stream of newer members ... The Club also has a fund available to make grants to worthwhile Theatre Organ projects.’

~ Theatre Organ Club
VISITS (to the Website)59
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)81

‘Since its foundation in 1966, The Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland has helped to foster and promote Scotland's unique musical traditions. It is a membership organisation and members include music enthusiasts, amateur and professional performers, tutors, and academics ... Encouraging both widespread popular participation and individual artistic excellence, the TMSA branches work on a local level to provide opportunities for universal participation by running festivals, ceilidhs, concerts, workshops and competitions. In this way they are able to sustain the specific cultural traditions of their area, as well as those of Scotland generally.’

~ Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland
VISITS (to the Website)62
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)112

Founded November 2014: ‘For the first time, the leaders of Britain's major marching band organisations have come together to talk about their groups and look at where they have common ground going forward. During the meeting in Burton-on-Trent, BYBA, TYMBA and DCUK outlined to each other the backgrounds of their associations, talked about their recent successes and also discussed the challenges they face ... With this we are pleased to announce the formation of the UK Marching Band Alliance, a partnership between our three organisations, an agreement to work together where appropriate to help each other and our members ... You will be able keep up to date with what our bands are doing through our social media streams’.

~ UK Marching Band Alliance
VISITS (to the Website)21
Also indexedBritish Youth Band Association (BYBA) | Drum Corps United Kingdom (DCUK) | Traditional Youth Marching Bands Association (TYMBA)
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)38

‘Official umbrella trade body for the UK commercial music industry,’

~ UK Music
VISITS (to the Website)156
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)208

‘In 1962, a group of 26 choirs formed an association to collectively address the needs of Male Choirs. Nowadays, the Association has 91 members including 11 members from elsewhere in the UK, 1 in the Channel Islands and 5 overseas members. Since its formation, the Association has increased in numbers and gained experience, which has made it a much more professional body and better able to achieve its aims and objectives.’

 

~ Welsh Association of Male Choirs
VISITS (to the Website)119
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)268

'As a voluntary group with no political, religious or other persuasion, the objectives of the Association are to study, preserve, perform, teach and enjoy the sacred and secular music and song of west gallery and allied traditions, together with their settings within a social and historical context.'

~ West Gallery Music Association
VISITS (to the Website)161
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)209

‘Since 1999, the Wind Band Association has brought like-minded musicians together from around the UK for the making of music. While other musical events are arranged from time to time, our main activity is the Annual Wind Band Festival, a residential weekend of music-making under the batons of various distinguished conductors.’ Festival normally held Mid October.

~ Wind Band Association
VISITS (to the Website)19
Also indexedWind Band Festival
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)33

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