There are four levels of membership of the MPG.
Full Membership (£120 per year) – this is open to recording industry professionals (see the eligibility conditions below) and provides a substantial number of membership benefits.
Studio Membership – (£500 per year*)is available any recording or rehearsal studio based in the UK with 5+ employees/directors/partners or more than 3 studios**
Studio Membership – (£250 per year*) is available any recording or rehearsal studio based in the UK with 1-4 employees/directors/partners and less than 3 studios**
Basic Membership – (FREE) is available to anyone. It provides access to the website and email notifications, but none of the other benefits afforded to Full and Associate Members.
*studio membership is offered on a “pay what you can” basis for the remainder of 2020 for those affected by the crisis
**studios for this purpose includes any production space – either a dry hire room or a traditional studio where a control room and live area would count as one space.
|Access to Members Only sections of the website||YES||YES||YES|
|Yearly subscription fee||£120||£500 /250||free|
|Representation through membership of UK Music and CMM, and directly, at local & national government.||YES||YES||no|
|Receive news about events, benefits, MPG developments via email||YES||YES||YES|
|Professional benefits, e.g legal advice, accountancy, equipment rental, membership of other organisations||YES||YES||no|
|Substantial discounts on pro-audio hardware and software||YES||YES||no|
|Substantial discounts on subscriptions to these magazine:||YES||YES||no|
|Substantial discounts for entry to events presented by other industry organisations including AIM, FAC, MMF, Music Tank, BASCA.||YES||selected||no|
|Free 45 minute consultation with MPG lawyer, Penny Ganz of Ganz Legal||YES||no||no|
|Free entry to MPG events (excluding the MPG Awards)
Please note that some MPG events are restricted to Full Members
|Special rates for tickets for the MPG Awards||YES||YES||no|
|Voting privileges for the MPG Awards||YES||selected||no|
|Invitations to industry product development and pre-launch demos||YES||selected||no|
|Searchable entry in the Members Directory||YES||no||no|
|Searchable entry in the Studio Members Directory||no||YES||no|
|Access to the private Studio Members discussion forum on Basecamp||no||YES||no|
|The MPG’s social media channels: access the many followers of the MPG Twitter account (currently 10,000+) and the extensive MPG Facebook network.||YES||YES||no|
Discounts for longer term Full Membership:
Members can opt for extended membership periods of 2 or 3 years, and receive an appropriate subscription discount:
Eligibility conditions for Full Membership of the MPG:
To qualify for Full Member status, you must have a credit for production, engineering, mixing, re-mixing or mastering on 4 commercially released tracks. This can either be 4 single tracks, 4 tracks on one album or EP, or 4 tracks across multiple albums or EPs. All recognised formats are acceptable, CD, vinyl, digital download, DVD and even cassette! These tracks must have been commercially available via traditional outlets, i.e. digital download from recognised online music retail sites, record shops, mail order. (Please note – non-recognised commercial sales directly by the artist at live venues do not qualify, similarly neither do downloads from personal sites such as Soundcloud).
Alternatively, if you work in film or television and have 4 credits for production, engineering, or mixing music, which has been commercially released in film or broadcast on television, you are also eligible for Full Membership.
After completing the registration form, you will be asked to validate your credits. You can do this by supplying links to any of these websites:
Supplying an ISRC or additional links to the commercial availability of the tracks is much appreciated.
Alternatively, you may send scans of bar-coded album artwork displaying your credits, or signed agreements. Please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org (and please indicate this on the submission form if that’s what you will be doing).