Tech Tip:Musical Associations: The Definitive List



AFTRA (American Federation of TV and Radio Artists)
AFTRA represents actors and other professional performers in television, radio, sound recordings, and new technologies. AFTRA negotiates pay scales and contractual payments for over 80,000 performers. AFTRA also offers health insurance and retirement benefits for active members.


5757 Wilshire Blvd, 9th Fl.
Los Angeles, CA
P: 323-634-8100
F: 323-634-8147
Contact: Sidney White


American Federation of Musicians
AFM is the musicians union representing 115,000 full and part time professional musicians. This organization works to improve wages and working conditions for its musician members. Nearly 300 hundred locals exist that provide information, support services, and networking opportunities. Call for a local near you.


1501 Broadway Ste. 600
New York, NY 10036
P: 212-869-1330
F: 212-764-6134
Contact: Union Services Dept.


ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) ASCAP is a performing rights society with over 100,000 members consisting of composers, songwriters, lyricists and publishers. ASCAP collects money from businesses that use music as part of their livelihood (such as radio stations, TV stations, cable programmers, live concert programmers, shopping malls, nightclubs, internet) and then pays the money as royalties to the composers and publishers of the works that are played. ASCAP also offers workshops, showcases, grants and scholarships to musicians. Joining ASCAP is free.


One Lincoln Plaza
New York, NY
P: 212-621-6000
F: 212-724-9064
Contact: Membership Dept.


ASCAP - Los Angeles
7920 W. Sunset Boulevard,Third Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90046
P: 323- 883-1000
F: 323-883-1049


ASCAP - London
8 Cork Street
London W1X1PB
P: 011-44-207-439-0909
F: 011-44-207-434-0073


ASCAP - Nashville
Two Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203
P: 615- 742-5000
F: (615) 742-5020


BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.)
BMI is a performing rights society with over 250,000 members consisting of composers, songwriters, lyricists and publishers. BMI collects money from businesses that use music as part of their livelihood (such as radio stations, TV stations, cable programmers, live concert programmers, shopping malls, nightclubs, internet) and then pays the money as royalties to the composers and publishers of the works that are played. BMI also offers workshops, showcases, grants and scholarships to musicians. Joining BMI is free.


320 W57th St.
New York, NY 10019
P: 212-586-2000
F: 212-246-2163
Contact: Member Services


BMI Nashville
10 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203-4399
P: 615 401-2000


BMI Los Angeles
8730 Sunset Blvd.
3rd Floor West
West Hollywood, CA 90069
P: 310 659-9109


BMI London
84 Harley House
Marylebone Rd
P: 011-44171-486-2036


BMI Miami
5201 Blue Lagoon Drive
Suite 310
Miami, FL 33126
P: 305 266-3636


HFA (Harry Fox Agency, Inc.)
HFA is a monitoring and collection service that represents over 22,000 American music publishers. Harry Fox licenses and collects mechanical fees for music copyrights used on commercial records, tapes, CDs, computer chips, motion pictures, radio and television programming, advertisements, in flight music, karaoke, and multi media.


711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
P: 212-370-5330
F: 212-953-2384


NACUSA (The National Association of Composers)
NACUSA is an organization of composers whose activities include presenting concerts, publishing a newsletter and hosting the Young Composers Competition every fall.


PO Box 49256
Barrington Station
Los Angeles, CA 90049
P: 310-373-3244
Marshall Bialosky


NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)
NAMM is an international products association consisting of over 7,000 music product retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and publishers from 100 different countries. NAMM hosts two annual trade shows (January in Los Angeles/July in Nashville) which showcase and demonstrate the latest musical products.


5790 Armada Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008
P: 760-438-8001
F: 760-438-7327
Contact: Member Services


NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers)
NARM serves the music and prerecorded entertainment software industry by advocating the common interests of its members to industry and public policy makers while working to promote the visibility of the entertainment software industry and it's participants. NARM also provides opportunities for education and networking through a series of conventions, conferences, and literature production.


9 Eves Dr., Ste 120
Marlton, NJ 08053
P: 856-596-2221
F: 856-596-3268


NARAS (National Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences) NARAS is an organization of more than 14,000 musicians, producers, and other recording professionals that actively promotes the quality of life and cultural condition for music and music makers. In addition to producing the Grammys, NARAS services include legislative advocacy, showcases, education workshops, and various publications.


3402 Pico Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405
P: 310-392-3777
F: 310-392-9262
Contact: Kristen Madsen


PPL (Phonographic Performance Limited)
PPL is a music industry collection society similar to a performing rights society in that they collect license fees from broadcast and public performances of copyrighted sound recording. PPL differs from performing rights societies in that the money collected from licenses is distributed to the record company that produced the copyrighted recording as well as the performer. PPL represents over 2,4000 record companies in the U.K.


1 Upper James Street
London W1R 3HG
P: 020 7534 1000
F: 020 7534 1111


RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America)
RIAA is a trade group that represents the U.S. recording industry. RIAA members manufacture and distribute 90% of all legitimate sound recordings produced and sold in the U.S. In addition to awarding Gold and Platinum sales certificates, RIAA strives to protect its member's creative interests, while combating record piracy and working to expand markets.


1330 Connecticut Ave, NW, Ste 300
Washington, DC 20036
P: 202-775-0101
F: 202-775-7253
Contact: Brigette Tenor


Rock for Choice
Rock for Choice is an organization that advocates the protection of abortion rights and women's health clinics in the music community through an evolving series of benefit concerts and recordings.


8105 W3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
P: 323-651-0495
F: 323-653-2689


Rock the Vote
Rock the Vote is an organization dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and helping young people realize and use their power to promote change in the political and civil lives of their communities.


10950 Washington Blvd., Ste 240
Culver City, CA 90232
P: 310-237-2000
F: 310-237-2001


SESAC is a performing rights association that collects royalties for its songwriter and publisher members. SESAC uses the BDS and MusiCode systems, a state of the art technology, for performance detection.


55 Music Square East
Nashville, TN 37203
P: 615-320-0055
F: 615-321-6290
Contact: Writer/publisher relations


SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada)
SOCAN is the only performing right organization in Canada. SOCAN licenses the users of music in return for a copyright fee, which is distributed as royalties to SOCAN members in Canada. SOCAN also works with foreign performing rights organizations to distribute money collected for foreign copyrights.


41 Valleybrook Dr.
Don Mills, Ont.
M3B 2S6
P: 800-55-SOCAN
F: 416-445-7108
Contact Member Services


Sweet Relief Musicians Fund
Sweet Relief provides assistance to financially needy musicians for medical expenses, alternative therapies, substance dependency, prescriptions, and living expenses if the artist is unable to work. Sweet Relief also has a living expense assistance program especially for retired or semi retired older musicians.


PO Box 39666
Los Angeles, CA 90039
P: 888-955-7880
F: 323-662-7067
Contact: Joanne Clabin


Women In Music
Women In Music supports and cultivates the talent of women in the music industry. Programs include education seminars, networking events, showcases, publications and the annual Touchstone Awards. Membership is open to women of all levels of industry experience.


PO Box 441
Radio City Station
New York, NY 10101
P: 212-459-4580