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MMF unveil updated edition of the Essentials of Music Management

Written by the MMF and aimed at all levels of music manager, the Essentials takes the reader on a step-by-step journey from grassroots to international success - offering clear practical advice on getting a management company started, developing a team, and building partnerships across core sectors such as live, recording, music publishing and brands.


More winners and breakthrough shortlists revealed for the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) are delighted to reveal our much-anticipated shortlists for Breakthrough Artist and Breakthrough Manager for the Artist & Manager Awards in association with artist funding platform beatBread. We also reveal that Red Light Management and Music Declares Emergency will join our incredible roll call of winners.


MMF announce final call for Accelerator 2023 applications

Initial applications - which must be submitted before midday Monday 24th October - should take less than 30-minutes to complete. For full details go to:


FAC & MMF reveal more winners for the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

Four more winners are revealed for the November 17th ceremony


Becky Hill and Martin Hall to be recognised at the 2022 Artist & Manager Awards in association with beatBread

Becky Hill will receive our Artist of the Year Award for her outstanding achievements in 2022 The MMF & FAC recognise Martin Hall’s 30+ year career in artist management representing clients including Manic Street Preachers, The Script and Wet Leg beatBread confirmed as the A&MAs headline sponsor for the November 17th ceremony


MMF and YouTube Music open applications for the FIFTH Accelerator Programme for Music Managers

Talented UK-based music managers are being urged to apply before the October 24th deadline


Paul Bonham promoted by MMF to the role of Professional Development Director and Anneliese Harmon announced as GM

The Music Managers Forum expands resources of its UK office to bolster the range of professional development training offered to its 1,200+ members


MMF reveals the next wave of talented music managers to join the Accelerator Programme 2022

YouTube Music, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Music Industry Association continue to support the groundbreaking grants and training initiative for a fourth successive year


MMF publish Managing Expectations: Producer And Songwriter Manager Edition

The Music Managers Forum (The MMF) has today published a new report exploring the opportunities and challenges facing managers who specialise in overseeing the careers of songwriters, composers and music producers, calling on industry partners to better recognise and support their work - and for all labels and publishers to sign up to the Government’s Prompt Payment Code. Download the report for FREE.


Artist & Manager Awards 2021 in association with Soundcloud: BICEP & This Is Music to receive the Innovation Award, sponsored by TikTok - YMU Group Music to receive the Team Achievement Award

Hosted in association with SoundCloud, the Artist & Manager Awards takes place at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 18th November and will be hosted by Capital FM’s Roman Kemp. 


Artist & Manager Awards 2021, in association with Soundcloud: Mogwai to receive Pioneer Award

The Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) and Music Managers Forum (MMF) are delighted to reveal that Mogwai and Karma Artists have been added to the winners roll call at the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards.


Two new recipients announced for the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards, in association with Soundcloud

Celebrating achievements in the artist and manager community, the ceremony returns to London’s Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 18th November. We are also delighted to announce SoundCloud as our headline sponsor. The show will be hosted by Capital FM’s Roman Kemp. 


Elton John and David Furnish to receive joint honour at the 2021 Artist & Manager Awards

Celebrating a lifetime of achievements, the unique accolade will highlight Elton and David’s remarkable shared successes and their incredible ongoing impact on an upcoming generation of artists and audiences. 


Featured Artists Coalition and Music Managers Forum publish new White Paper in anticipation of Government’s response to calls for streaming reform

The aim of the document is to provide artists and managers with a condensed yet comprehensive overview of the key discussion points of the Committee’s work, and to outline the FAC and MMF’s shared positions on three key areas.


The 2021 Artist & Manager Awards returns to London's Bloomsbury Big Top on Thursday 18th November

With the Bloomsbury Big Top providing a fully-ventilated and secure environment, the FAC and MMF look forward once again to welcoming guests from across the industry


Joint response from FAC & MMF to the DCMS committee "Economics Of Streaming" Report

"We welcome today’s landmark report from Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee calling for artists, composers and musicians to benefit more equally from the boom in online streaming."

About Us

We are the world’s largest professional community of music managers.

Since its inception in 1992, the MMF has worked hard to educate, inform and represent UK managers as well as offering a network through which managers can share experiences, opportunities and information.

Our membership stands at over 1100 managers based in the UK with global businesses and a wider network of over 2700 managers in the USA.

Our core purpose is to:

  • Educate: We support managers’ continuous professional development within an evolving music industry.
  • Innovate: We create and highlight opportunities to develop and grow artist businesses.
  • Advocate: We provide a collective voice and leadership to affect change for a transparent and fairer music industry for artists and their fans.

The MMF engages, advises and lobbies industry associates and wider industry on issues that are relevant to managers. We continue to recruit members and grow our network so we are truly representative of the wider management community. The MMF Board recently updated the MMF Strategy. View it here.


The top priorities of MMF are:

Educating the world on the role of the music manager: help people understand the increasingly important role of the manager, how it is changing and what it is we do.

Professional development: supporting our members in developing their knowledge and skills as music managers through formal courses and more focused workshops and seminars

Investment into Music Industry: encourage more investment into manager and artists’ businesses, including our Accelerator For Music Managers Programme and artist investment opportunities such as labels, distributors, Help Musicians UK, PRS for Music, SME funding and Arts Council grants.

Representation: Campaigning on behalf of our members to affect change. Our Campaigns include:

Streaming – Our report Dissecting the Digital Dollar documents how streaming services are licensed by the music industry, why they are licensed that way and to inform debate around the evolving streaming sector. We actively encourage the industry to be transparent and ask for fair, industry wide equitable payments for artists.

Secondary Ticketing – The MMF were founder members of and support the FanFair Alliance, a campaign uniting fans, music businesses and artist against online ticket touting.

Mental Health – support managers in taking care of their own mental health and that of their artists signposting to professional advice as appropriate.

Collective Digital Licensing – hold those who collect artist and songwriters royalties to account, explore solutions to the data challenge to encourage innovation and growth.

Equality & Diversity Campaigns – we work with organisations that celebrate equality and diversity within the music industry, including Love Music Hate Racism and Pride in Music.

The MMF are also part of the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA) and the Council of Music Makers (CMM)


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