Useful Organisations
for Post-Production

Organisations to help you in your post-production sound journey.

Bectu is a trade union that looks after the interests of people working behind the scenes in the media and entertainment industries. This includes technicians, crew members, and other non-performer roles in broadcasting, film, theatre, and even IT and leisure. They negotiate fair pay and working conditions for their members, fight for job security, and campaign for better industry standards. If a member faces a problem at work, Bectu offers advice, support, and even legal defense. They basically act as a voice for these workers and help them achieve a successful and secure career in the creative world.

The PRS pay royalties to their members when their work is performed, broadcast, streamed, downloaded, reproduced, played in public, or used in film and TV. They support their members by influencing policy, providing support, hosting awards and events, and investing in new technology to ensure they are fit for the digital music age.

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, stands as a premier performing rights organisation, representing a community of 975,000 songwriters, composers, and music publishers. Operating on a not-for-profit basis, they prioritise the interests of creators above all else.  ASCAP ensures that when your music is publicly performed by licensed businesses, you receive fair royalties. By joining ASCAP, you gain access to exclusive benefits, networking events, educational workshops, and more, all designed to help you sustain and grow your music career.

PPL

PPL, founded in 1934, represents 140,000 performers and rightsholders in the UK, licensing recorded music for venues and broadcasting. They collect royalties for music played globally through international agreements with CMOs. PPL operates without profit to ensure fair distribution of revenue to its represented members after deducting operational expenses.

The Black Sound Society (BSS) comprises professionals spanning all levels of production and post-production in film and television sound. Their mission is to advance and protect the interests of their members while ensuring they remain informed about production techniques and emerging technologies. Through fostering a supportive community, the BSS offers guidance and assistance to both established industry professionals and aspiring black sound technicians, serving as a valuable network for advice and mentorship.

The Society of Composers & Lyricists (SCL), boasting a distinguished 76-year history, serves as the premier organization for professional composers and lyricists in film, television, video games, and musical theatre. Members benefit from a supportive community that spans all career stages, including students and patron sponsors. Alongside advocacy efforts, the SCL fosters camaraderie by providing valuable information on creative, financial, technical, and contractual aspects of music composition. Through ongoing dialogue with industry leaders, the SCL actively advocates for improvements in the workplace and working conditions for composers and songwriters globally. Membership options, which auto-renew annually by default, cater to professionals and aspiring talents alike, inviting all with a passion for music composition to join the SCL community.

The Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) is an organisation for sound editing professionals, committed to enhancing the global recognition of its members by educating both the public and the entertainment industry about the artistic significance of sound editing. With their expertise, MPSE members contribute to the auditory landscape heard worldwide, spanning various sound disciplines such as dialogue, ADR, sound effects, Foley, and music. MPSE warmly welcomes artists from all corners of the sound industry to join their ranks.

ASCAP is the top performing rights organisation for music in the US, representing 940,000 members of all genres and styles. As a not-for-profit organisation, they prioritise serving and supporting their members while advocating for their rights and fair compensation.

Songtrust is a global publishing administrator that monitors clients’ work on a global scale, maintaining direct relationships with 65 collection societies and pay sources across 215 countries and territories. They manage the process of registering songs worldwide to ensure that royalty earnings are not left uncollected, allowing artists to dedicate more time to their music creation.

Join the 33,000 musicians advocating for a fairer music industry. Together, they’re making a significant impact on the industry and paving the way for a brighter future by protecting their members’ rights and offering advice and support.

SoundExchange supports over 650,000 artists, labels, and publishers in the music industry, offering products and services, advocating for fair compensation for creators, and shaping the future of the music landscape.

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