UK Music

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UK Music
Formation26 September 2008
Legal statusAssociation
PurposeIndustry Representation
HeadquartersUK Music, 49 Whitehall, London SW1A 2BX
  • London, UK
Region served
United Kingdom
Association of Independent Music, the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, BPI Limited, PRS for Music, MMF, Music Publishers Association Limited, Musicians Union, Music Producers Guild, Phonographic Performance Limited.
Michael Dugher
Andy Heath
WebsiteUK Music

UK Music is a British umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the production side of UK's commercial music industry: artists, musicians, songwriters, composers, record labels, artist managers, music publishers, studio producers and music collecting societies. Launched on 26 September 2008,[1] Feargal Sharkey, former member of The Undertones, became Chief Executive Officer and Andy Heath, former chairman of British Music Rights (BMR) became chairman.

Sharkey left the organisation in November 2011, with Jo Dipple taking over as Acting CEO. UK Music confirmed on 27 January 2012 the appointment of Dipple as the next CEO.[2]

In January 2017, the organisation announced that Dipple is to stand down as its CEO in June 2017.[3] In April 2017, former Labour Party MP and Shadow Cabinet member, Michael Dugher, was announced as Dipple's replacement. Dugher's appointment is expected to commence in May 2017.[4]

Members include the Association of Independent Music (AIM), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA), BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Limited, PRS for Music, the MMF, the Music Publishers Association Limited (MPA), the Musicians Union (MU) Music Producers Guild (MPG) and Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL).

The core goals of the organisation are the promotion of awareness and understanding of the following facets:

  • The interests of the UK music industry at all levels
  • The value of music to society, culture and the economy
  • Intellectual property rights and how they protect and promote creativity
  • Opportunities and challenges for music creators in the digital age

In November 2008, the magazine Music Week reported that Sharkey had written to Sir Ian Blair, then head of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Information Commissioner Richard Thomas "to clarify the 'use and purpose' of form 696, which asks for personal details on artists and musicians performing at gigs and the style of music they will be playing." In his letter, Sharkey wrote:

"...the collection of this personal Data by the Met Police in advance of a musical performance is not light touch. In explicitly singling out performances and musical styles favoured by the black community: garage and R&B, and MCs and DJs, we believe the use of risk assessment form 696 is disproportionate, unacceptable and damaging to live music in the UK."[5]

In December 2008, UK Music launched Sound Rights, a free online resource for teachers and schools to support music study in schools. This was aimed at supporting the study of "the role of music and musicians in society, the music industry and of artistic and intellectual property rights.”[6] In an interview with ISP Review in January 2009, UK Music Press Officer Adam Webb outlined the organisation's plans for tackling the problems of illegal file sharing over the internet and building working relationships with Internet Service Providers.[7]


  1. ^ "UK Music birth". UK Music. September 26, 2008. Archived from the original on December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  2. ^ Lester, Ahren (27 January 2012). "UK Music confirms Jo Dipple as new Chief Executive". Audio Pro International. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  3. ^ "UK Music chief executive Jo Dipple to stand down" (Press release). UK Music. 2017-01-17. Retrieved 2017-01-20.
  4. ^ (2017-04-27). "Outgoing Labour MP Michael Dugher appointed head of UK Music". Retrieved 2017-04-27.
  5. ^ Ashton, Robert (18 November 2008). "Sharkey warns police action is "disproportionate"". Music Week. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  6. ^ "News Item". The Association of Independent Music. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-21.
  7. ^ Jackson, Mark. "UK Music - Illegal File Sharing Interview". ISPreview UK. Retrieved 2009-02-21.