Ivan Chandler’s recommended reference library and contact list

Clearing music rights is a complex business. Here’s a list of my favourite books and contacts that make my job that little bit easier.

Reference works for clearing music rights

Music Week Directory

Annually published guide to the UK music industry and associated service companies. A ‘who’s who’ of the music industry.

Published by Intent Media Tel: 0207 354 6001

Email: Dave.Roberts@intentmedia.co.uk

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988

Not so much bedtime reading but a really useful reference work.

TSO Customer Services

Tel: 0870 600 5522

Fax: 0870 600 553

Email: customer.services@tso.co.uk

Website: www.tsoshop.co.uk

The Book of World Famous Music by James J. Fuld

Key to well-known classical, popular & folk songs and their place in music history.

Published in UK by Music Sales Ltd

Tel: 01284 702600 Fax: 01284 702592

British Hit Singles and Albums

The ultimate UK chart reference book with facts, information and statistics – available in most bookshops.
Published by Guinness World Records
3rd Floor, 184 – 192 Drummond Street, London, NW1 3HP.

All you need to know about the music business by Donald S. Passman

The title speaks for itself.

Published by Penguin Books, UK

(ISBN: 0-140-24010-1)

Music Business Agreements by Richard Bagehot

Published by Sweet & Maxwell

(ISBN: 0-421-62450-7)

Music: the Business by Ann Harrison

Published by Trotman Publishing

(ISBN: 978 18522 7259-3)

The DVD Music Publishing Guide by Ivan Chandler

My own contribution to the field and covering far more than the title suggests. Free when you register to receive updates from this website.

(ISBN: 978 0957 541504)

Contacts for clearing music rights

Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Lamb House, Church Street, Chiswick, London, W4 2PD

Tel: 020 8994 5599 Fax: 020 8994 5222 Email: info@musicindie.com

American Society Of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)

2nd Floor, 4 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA

Tel: 020 7439 0909 Fax: 020 7434 0073 Email: scdevine@ascap.com

BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors)

2nd floor, British Music House, 26 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LR

Tel: 0845 519 1471

British Phonographic Industry (BPI)

Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JA

Tel: 020 7803 1300 Fax: 020 7803 1310 Email: general@bpi.co.uk

British Actors’ Equity Association (EQUITY)

Guild House, Upper St. Martin’s Lane, London, WC2H 9EG

Tel: 020 7379 6000 Fax: 020 7379 7001 Website: www. equity.org.uk Email: info@equity.org.uk

Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI)

84 Harley Street, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HN

Tel: 020 7486 2036 Fax: 020 7224 1046 Email: jmiller@bmi.com

Mechanical Copyright Protection Society (MCPS)

2 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG Tel: 0207 580 5544 Website: www.prsformusic.com

Music Publishers’ Assocation (MPA)

6th Floor, 2 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Tel: 0203 741 3800 Fax: 0203 741 3810 Email: info@mpaonline.org.uk

Musicians’ Union (MU)

60-62 Clapham Road, London, SW9 0JJ

Tel: 020 7582 5566 Fax: 020 7582 9805 Email: info@musiciansunion.org.uk

The Production Guild (The Production Guild of Great Britain)

Room 329, Main Admin Building, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0NH
Tel: 01753 651767 Email: PG@ProductionGuild.com

PRS for Music (Performing Right Society)

2 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG Tel: 0207 580 5544 FEmail: info@prsformusic.com

Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL)

1 Upper James Street, London, W1F 9DE

Tel: 020 7534 1000 Fax: 020 7534 1111 Website: www.ppluk.com

Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)

3rd Floor, Fitzrovia House, 153-157, Cleveland Street, London, W1T 6QW

Tel: 0207 380 8230 Website: www.pact.co.uk

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“Ivan was extremely skillful in guiding us through the process of acquiring music rights for our digital programme. From start to finish he advised us promptly and clearly on the steps in the process to clear each of our chosen tracks and acquired the clearances we needed in the very tight timeline we had. I would thoroughly recommend his services.”

Niamh Dilworth, Senior Producer, Unicorn Theatre

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