Federation of Recorded Music Societies
(President - Julian Lloyd Webber)
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Julian Lloyd Webber
FRMS - WHO ARE WE?
The Federation of Recorded Music Societies (FRMS) can claim to have played its part in developing greater enthusiasm and understanding of recorded classical music over a substantial portion of the past century.
The Federation was formed in 1936 as the National Federation of Gramophone Societies. Although the title has changed to reflect more recent developments, the aims of the movement have remained basically unaltered and the attraction is still present in the 21st century as well over 100 societies continue to meet on a regular basis.
ADVANTAGES OF AFFILIATION TO THE FRMS
The Federation was formed in 1936 as a voluntary association of societies in the British Isles for the purpose of protecting their interests and furthering their aims. Twenty-three Societies originally affiliated - now the number is well over 100. Our main function is to manage licensing arrangements with Performing Right Society Ltd (PRS) and Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) for the licences necessary for performing recorded music in public, on terms favourable to our members. The fees are greatly reduced from those normally applied by these organisations for individual licences. A particular benefit of this arrangement is that it is the society itself that is licensed and not the premises. This means that the society is covered for PRS and PPL wherever it chooses to meet.
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Coronavirus: Advice for Societies
Officers of affiliated societies will no doubt be aware of current recommendations and precautions in the current crisis due to coronavirus, and be considering whether or not to suspend meeting for the time being.
This is a decision which each society must make for itself based on the societys particular circumstances. Members of the Federation committee are aware that a number of societies have already decided to suspend meetings, or had such a decision imposed on them by the operators of their meeting place.
As far as the Federation is concerned, our advice is that a society should consider suspending meetings, particularly if most of its members are in one or other of the most vulnerable groups. In coming to a decision on this, close attention should be paid to the latest government advice, which can be found at
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