Thinking of starting a new recorded music society?
lovers have been listening to recorded music since the 1920s when
only a fortunate few had the equipment and records to play, and they
did this in organised groups. In the 21st century there is still a
large number of active recorded music societies in the UK, with over
10,000 keen listeners.
What do I need to know?
got your venue, equipment and other essential facilities organised,
you need to get licensed to play recordings to your group of people.
Did you know that playing commercially issued recordings in public requires licenses?
didn't? then read the label or the case of an LP or a CD.
Check that your chosen venue does not already have either of the licences required. Otherwise you need a PRS licence (Performing Right Society) that covers the music played and the rights of the composers, arrangers, publishers, etc., and also PPL (Phonographic Performance) that covers the rights of the recording companies.
And if we don't?
If an inspector from one of the licensing bodies comes along and finds unlicenced performances being given, then a charge may be imposed which could be quite punitive and also retrospective.
can we get these licenses?
Tell me about the Federation
The Federation, originally formed in 1936, is an association of over two hundred such societies and one of its principal functions is to provide services without which individual societies would find it difficult to operate. In addition to the licences mentioned above, the Federation also offers optional public liability (your venue might insist on you having this insurance) and equipment insurances that are available at very competitive premiums.
How else can you help?
You have obviously looked at our modern web site on which your society can promote its activities. We also publish a twice-yearly magazine, The Bulletin, that is full of interesting articles, advice on programme planning, and record and book reviews, plus of course news and information from around the movement. Every affiliate gets a copy and it is possible to purchase additional copies for your members. Back copies can be seen on this website.
The Federation also offers technical advice to help you keep up to date on matters relating to your sound reproducing equipment.
We are interested, what else do we need to know?
Within existing affiliated societies, group sizes range from a couple of dozen up to the largest at over two hundred. We welcome the formation of new societies that may naturally start with modest levels of membership and we can even offer financial incentives in the early years of affiliation.
We can offer helpful advice, that can be tailored to your own situation, on the formation of a new group including licensing, rules of association, administration and insurances and this can be obtained from the Federation Secretary whose address can be found on our home page.
You will soon agree that the modest charges that we make are well worth it to affiliate to the Federation.
If you have an existing group then you will find it of great advantage to join the camaraderie that is the recorded music movement, and we will gladly give you more details about affiliation, its benefits and its costs.
you wish to form a new recorded Music Society, or affiliate an existing
one, then write to the Secretary, FRMS via the