An agreement was reached with eight industry bodies, including the BPI and AIM, signing up to launch a new umbrella organisation that will “present a unified industry voice” to be headed by BMR chairman Andy Heath and chief executive Feargal Sharkey.
UKMusic will represent the collective interests of everyone from artists to publishers and is designed to act for the industry in four key areas:
- public policy and lobbying
- external awareness and public opinion
- research and analysis
- industry relevant education and skills
The new body grows from the ashes of British Music Rights, which ceased to exist when AIM, the British Academy, BPI, MCPS-PRS Alliance, MMF, MPA, MU and PPL, signed up to a memorandum of understanding allowing BMR to expand into the cross industry organisation and change its name to UKMusic.