This page contains useful links and information for schools setting up a radio broadcasting station.
Arts Council of England www.artscouncil.org.uk
About: The national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from the Government and the National Lottery. Call: 0845 300 6200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Media Association www.commedia.org.uk
About: The Community Media Association is the UK representative body for the Community Media sector and is committed to promoting access to the media for people and communities. It aims to enable people to establish and develop community based communications media for empowerment, cultural expression, information and entertainment. Call: 0114 279 5219 or email:email@example.com
ERA (Educational Recording Agency Ltd) www.era.org.uk
About: On behalf of its Members ERA operates a Licensing Scheme for educational use of copyright material. Uniquely serving the UK educational sector, ERA is one of a range of collecting societies which help copyright owners and performers derive an income from the licensed use of their literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works.Call: 020 7837 3222 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFCOM (Radio Regulator) www.ofcom.org.uk
About: Ofcom is the communications regulator. They regulate the TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms and mobiles, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.They make sure that people in the UK get the best from their communications services and are protected from scams and sharp practices, while ensuring that competition can thrive.
Ofcom operates under the Communications Act 2003. This detailed Act of Parliament spells out exactly what Ofcom should do.The Act says that Ofcom’s general duties should be to further the interests of citizens and of consumers. Meeting these two duties is at the heart of everything we do.
If you want to complain to Ofcom please call on 020 7981 3040 or 0300 123 3333. They are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
PPL UK (Music Licensing) www.ppluk.com
About: PPL is a music service company working on behalf of their performer and record company members. PPL licenses sound recordings and music videos for use in broadcast, public performance and new media. You will need to contact them before commencing your school radio project. Call: 020 7534 1423 or email: email@example.com.
PRS-MCPS Alliance (Music Licensing) www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk
About: PRS formed as The MCPS-PRS Alliance in 1997 with the PRS for Music brand adopted in 2009, the organisation brings together two royalty collection societies; MCPS and PRS. They exist to collect and pay royalties to their members when their music is exploited in one of a number of ways – when it is recorded onto any format and distributed to the public, performed or played in public, broadcast or made publicly available online.You will need to contact them before commencing your school radio project. Call: 0800 068 4828 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .