Copyright/ Music Publishing/ Legal organizations

October 17, 2016

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS (AFM)
Suite 600, Paramount Building
1501 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
(212) 869-1330; toll free (800) 762-3444
www.afm.org
The AFM is a trade union that represents professional U.S. and Canadian musicians in collective bargaining and contract negotiations in all aspects of the entertainment industry. It also publishes The International Musician.


AMERICAN MUSIC CONFERENCE (AMC)
5760 Armada Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008-4391
Tel: (760) 431-9124
www.amc-music.org
The American Music Conference has a number of informational brochures and pamphlets that are useful when answering inquiries about musical instrument instruction.


ASSOCIATION FOR INDEPENDENT MUSIC
P.O. Box 988
Whitesburg, KY 41858
Tel: (606) 633-0946/Fax (606) 633-1160
A membership organization of independent record companies and wholesalers which provides resources, meetings, information, legal assistance, and acts as a go-between with major retail record chains and the music unions. AFIM also sponsors the India Awards.


ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC PUBLISHERS (AIMP)
120 East 56th Street, Suite 1150
New York, NY 10022
(212) 758-6157
www.aimp.org

PO Box 1561
Burbank, CA 91507
(818) 842-6257

AIMP sponsors meetings and other events which provide support, feedback, information, and problem solving for members of the music industry.


CALIFORNIA COPYRIGHT CONFERENCE (CCC)
PO Box 1291
Burbank, CA 91507
(818) 848-6783
www.theccc.org
The California Copyright Conference (CCC) is a Los Angeles-based music industry organization whose membership is comprised of music publishers, songwriters, record companies, TV and film studios, attorneys and accountants dealing with the music business. The CCC meets eight times a year, presenting speakers to discuss matters of interest to the music community on business, creative and legal matters.
If you wish to be added to the CCC mailing list to be notified of upcoming events or to join the CCC, please send your name and address to the address listed above.


CANADIAN COPYRIGHT OFFICE
Bureau of Intellectual Property
Consumer and Corporate Affairs Department
Ottawa-Hall, Canada K1A OE1
You may request Canadian copyright applications and informational brochures through this office. The fee for each submission for copyright is $25 (Canadian) at present.

CHURCH MUSIC PUBLISHERS' ASSOCIATION
PO Box 158992
Nashville, TN 37215
Tel: (615) 791-0273/Fax: (615) 790-8847
www.cmpamusic.org
CMPA publishes the free booklet, The Church Musician and Copyright Law, and provides other services. Call for more information.


COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF THE USA
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
(212) 354-6401
www.csusa.org
A non-profit organization established to foster interest in and further the study of copyright law and of rights in literature, music, art, the theater and motion pictures. Programs include lectures, dinner seminars, and Copyright Circle luncheons. It also publishes the quarterly Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.


COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CMA)
1 Music Circle South, Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: (615) 244-2840 / Fax: (615) 726-0314
www.countrymusic.org
An international organization dedicated to the preservation, development, and promotion of country music. It sponsors educational activities, and presents awards in 20 categories in a televised ceremony.


GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION (GMA)
1205 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 242-0303
www.gospelmusic.org
An international service organization whose purpose is to preserve and promote gospel music. Members vote annually to present the Dove Awards in 20 categories.


HARRY FOX AGENCY, INC. / NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS' ASSOCIATION
711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Tel: (212) 370-5330 / Fax: (212) 953-2384
www.harryfox.com
The Harry Fox Agency handles mechanical and synchronization licensing for copyrighted musical compositions, and the distribution of royalties based on those licenses. Harry Fox Agency is a subsidiary of the National Music Publishers' Association, which addresses legislative and other issues about copyright, and regularly schedules meetings on topics of interest to the music community.
An assortment of publications are published by the Harry Fox Agency and NMPA, including:

  •  NEWS & VIEWS, a newsletter containing news about copyright legislation and NMPA; and
  •  NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHER'S ASSOCIATION, INC. / THE HARRY FOX AGENCY,INC., a descriptive brochure describing the history and responsibilities of these organizations.

ASCAP and NMPA work together on the Copyright Coalition, which has been actively involved in the Audio Home Recording Act, signed into law in 1992.


MUSIC PUBLISHERS' ASSOCIATION
www.mpa.org


NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL (NSAI)
15 Music Square West
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 256-3354
www.nashvillesongwriters.com
This "world-wide resource for songwriters" is a not-for-profit trade association devoted to serving and protecting songwriters in all fields of music. It offers a network of 75 workshops in 34 states and four foreign countries.


NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS
1771 N Street, NW
Washington, D. C. 20036-2891
(202) 429-5300
www.nab.org
A membership association of major television and radio networks, and individual radio and television stations. Interests include legislative activity and member services, including seminars.


NATIONAL MUSIC COUNCIL
45 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 563-3734
www.musiccouncil.org


NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION
711 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 370-5330
www.nmpa.org
The National Music Publishers' Association addresses legislative and other issues about copyright and regularly schedules meetings on topics of interest to the music community.
An assortment of publications are published by the Harry Fox Agency and NMPA, including:

  • NEWS & VIEWS, a newsletter containing news about copyright legislation and NMPA; and
  • NATIONAL MUSIC PUBLISHER'S ASSOCIATION, INC. / THE HARRY FOX AGENCY,INC., a descriptive brochure describing the history and responsibilities of these organizations.

ASCAP and NMPA work together on the Copyright Coalition, which has been actively involved in the Audio Home Recording Act, signed into law in 1992.


THE SONGWRITERS GUILD (SGA)
1560 Broadway, Suite #306
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (201) 867-7603 (general information hotline) / Fax: (201) 867-7535(mechanical inquiries)

6430 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
Tel: (213) 462-1108 / Fax: (213) 462-5430

1222 16th Avenue South, Suite #25
Nashville, TN 37212
Tel: (615) 329-1782 / Fax: (615) 329-2623
www.songwritersguild.com

An association of songwriters that helps to educate members, and represent them with publishers and record companies. Provides copyright information, administration services, and sample contracts.


UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT OFFICE
Library of Congress
Washington, DC 20559
(202) 707-3000 for information
(202) 707-9100 hotline for ordering forms
Copyright forms are downloadable from the U.S. Copyright web site at www.copyright.gov/forms. Write to request blank copyright registration forms of all types, or booklets explaining copyright topics. The hotline is a message machine - callers must know the exact names and numbers of forms.


VOLUNTEER LAWYERS FOR THE ARTS HEADQUARTERS:
1 East 53rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Tel: (212) 319-2787 / Fax: (212) 223-4415
(212) 319-2787 x1 Hotline
www.vlany.org
Provides free legal representation and comprehensive legal education to the arts community. Services include representation and counseling on copyright, contract, labor, real estate, nonprofit corporations, and tax exemption. Call this organization for an appropriate local contact in the US.