+44 (0)8456 581054

London, United Kingdom

Services to Members

  • 3 Helplines
  • Advice Notes
  • A Members Handbook
  • Register of Members (updated annually) - alphabetical and geographical


  • A range of stationery is available, including forms for reports, contracts and accounts, and a membership certificate.

Piano Teachers’ Information Centre

  • The Piano Teachers’ Information Centre is housed at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. It contains a valuable reference collection of books, music, teaching methods, audio and video tapes which members are entitled to use.
  • The collection relies on donations from publishers, authors and other individuals. These are always welcome and should be sent to Susan Bettaney at Chetham's School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester M3 1SB.

The John Bigg Scholarship Fund

  • This fund provides bursaries for talented young pianists in need. Details and application forms are available to members from the Administrator.
  • Any contributions to the Fund, via the Administrator, would be most gratefully received.

The Mark Ray Memorial Fund

  • This new fund, established in memory of Mark Ray, who gave so much to EPTA, is for Continual Professional Development. Application forms are available to members from the Administrator.
  • Any contributions to the Fund, via the Administrator, would be most gratefully received.


About EPTA

EPTA – the European Piano Teachers Association, UK Ltd was founded in 1978 by Carola Grindea, who also founded a Europe-wide co-ordinating body, EPTA.

EPTA now has Associations in almost every European country, and an International Conference of all EPTA Associations is held in a different country each year.

Mission, Vision and Aims


EPTA’s purpose is to raise the standard of piano teaching, piano performance and general musicianship in the UK by providing opportunities for pianists, piano teachers and other interested parties

  • to exchange ideas
  • to learn from others
  • to share the experience of high quality performances
  • to undertake research
  • to share information through meetings, seminars, courses, conferences and publications


EPTA seeks to encourage:

  • excellence in piano playing and piano teaching
  • wider participation, especially among young people, in playing the piano
  • greater opportunity for performance, both solo and ensemble
  • increased access to concerts and recitals in all ways, eg: locality, transport, cost, frequency
  • the promotion of piano performance, at all levels, and from all sources
  • increased discrimination amongst audiences over the quality of performances
  • greater recognition of their achievement for those who perform well, at whatever level
  • wider acceptance of the educational value of learning to play an instrument, in particular, an instrument on which harmonic sonorities are readily accessible
  • wider acceptance of the value of such musical skills as sight playing, ear playing, memorising and improvising;
  • a growing repertoire of high quality music for pianists of all levels;
  • thorough training of all piano teachers in both the pedagogical and the musical aspects of their profession;
  • recognition of such training by the award of an appropriate qualification;
  • recognition, by parents and students, of such a qualification as a minimum standard for anyone setting up a piano teaching practice;
  • a proper perspective in the use of examination systems


The aims of EPTA UK are to promote excellence in piano teaching and performance, to bring teachers and performers together and to raise standards within the profession.

EPTA aims to fulfil its mission by:

  • promoting conferences, concerts, lectures, seminars, workshops, masterclasses and other events
  • producing a professional Magazine, a Members’ Handbook and other publications
  • mounting courses for established teachers and students
  • promoting research into piano playing and piano teaching
  • organising competitions for performers and for composers
  • offering bursaries and awards
  • expanding the regional network and supporting the work of Regional Organisers
  • encouraging the work of ‘EPTA Young Artists’
  • expanding the mentor system for teachers, and maintaining a Helpline
  • establishing a reference library of audio and video recordings, books and other printed materials relating to the keyboard

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Music Publishers Association

+44 (0)333 077 2350

Synergy House, 114-118 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5AA, UK

The Music Publishers Association exists to:

  • safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them
  • represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public
  • provide publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses
  • promote an understanding of the value of music and the importance of copyright
  • and provide information and guidance to members of the public.


Music publishing generates over a quarter of the UK music industry’s £2.5 billion in export revenue and British songwriters wrote or co-wrote 21 of the top 100 selling works in the US in 2016.

As well as safeguarding and championing the interests of its members, the MPA aims to promote the value of publishing to the wider music industry, creative industry, government and the general public.

The MPA also owns and operates two commercial businesses:

Mechanical-Copyright Protection Society – MCPS is the UK collection society that licenses mechanical (or reproduction) copyrights on behalf of over 26,000 music publisher and composer members.
Printed Music Licensing Ltd – PMLL represents music publishers to allow UK schools to make copies of printed music.
Collectively, these subsidiary businesses are known as the MPA Group. The MPA offers a number of other commercial functions for music publishers – including our range of widely-used template contracts, our blanket industry agreements, and in our role as the national agent for the dissemination of ISMNs.

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All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education

+44 (0)20 7219 5647

United Kingdom

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education is a cross-party body of MPs and peers with a shared interest in music education.

The APPG exists to support parliamentarians engaging in discussions relating to music education through Early Years, Primary, Secondary, SEND, Further and Higher education and lifelong learning. It has a particular focus on Curriculum, the National Plan for Music Education (NPME), challenges facing higher education and progression into the creative and cultural sector.

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Society of Recorder Players

+44 (0)1223 242506

United Kingdom

Established over 80 years ago, the Society of Recorder Players is one of the largest societies dedicated to promoting recorder music-making.

With over 1,200 members and a network of branches across Great Britain and Ireland offering playing opportunities to all abilities, the Society holds a Festival in a different part of the British Isles each year.

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Scottish Brass Band Association

+44 (0)150 581 4502

Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

Being the oldest established national brass band association in Europe, the Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) has been looking after the interests of Scotland’s brass bands since 1895.

The Association regulates all contesting activities in Scotland, including the maintenance of a registry system for all Scottish bands. It also organises all the main events in the annual Scottish brass band calendar and plays an active role in supporting its member bands mainly through the provision of information, in supporting youth development, in preserving the history of the band movement in Scotland and in promoting brass bands and their music to the general public.

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SEADOM (Southeast Asian Directors of Music)

+662-800-2525-34 ext. 3202

College of Music, Mahidol University, 25/25 Phuttamonthon Sai 4, Salaya Nakhon Pathom, 73170 Thailand

The SEADOM Association grew out of an initial idea by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sugree Charoensook, Dean of the College of Music, Mahidol University, to hold a conference of Asian music administrators where ideas, friendships and collaborations could be formed.

This original meeting was held at the campus of the College of Music, Mahidol University on 12-13 July, 2008. The original invitations to the meeting were extended throughout Asia, but the responses of interest were most strong in Southeast Asia, and that group decided that Southeast Asia should be the focus of attention for the association as it moved forward.

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Musicus Society

(852) 3974 6601

Musicus Society, Unit 912, 9/F Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong

Musicus Society, founded in 2010 by cellist Trey Lee, aims to promote music and its education through cross-cultural collaboration.

The Society’s core activities include:

  • Cross-cultural collaborations between local and overseas artists
  • Commissioning of new music based on Chinese culture
  • Support of music education for students of all social backgrounds to foster future cultural ambassadors from Hong Kong

Trey Lee has been described as a “superb cellist” by the late conductor Lorin Maazel and a “miracle” by Gramophone. He has worked with conductors, composers and orchestras worldwide such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Leonard Slatkin, Philharmonic Orchestra Radio France and BBC Philharmonic. He was the first Asian winner of of the prestigious International Antonio Janigro Cello Competition, and has been featured in Financial Times, on CNN and China’s national television CCTV.

Musicus Society curates the annual Musicus Fest, a festival which since 2013 has featured performances, masterclasses and symposiums from artists such as Oliver Triendl, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alexander Hülshoff and Xufei Yang.

Of the festival, Lee said “the career of a professional musician has always encompassed a multitude of roles, going from the concert hall into the teaching studio, and venturing out into the wider community; the musician’s work can take place in intimate historic sites as well as vast modern venues. In this spirit, Musicus Fest incorporates a holistic approach to music making and the musicians themselves.”


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Association of British Orchestras

+44 (0)20 7557 6770

32 Rose Street, London, UK

The ABO has been involved in music education for over 25 years, managing centrally coordinated education projects, participating in research, Government consultations on the National Curriculum, reviews and professional development. As an Association it champions its member orchestras’ and opera companies’ education and community work, highlighting the work through publications, briefings, and conferences.

Youth Ensembles

In 2010 the ABO was asked to take on responsibility for youth ensembles by the former National Association of Youth Orchestras. Following a survey of youth ensemble members, we have developed the following key objectives for our youth ensemble membership:

  • To connect the youth ensemble membership with each other and with the professional sector, keeping them well informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and sustainability.
  • To champion youth ensembles, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public, through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy and advocate the value of support for youth ensembles through local music education bodies and private investment.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge of those who work for or volunteer their tie to support their local youth ensemble.

In past years, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) has developed a role as coordinator of various national projects, including major initiatives involving the participation of a large number of member orchestras. As a champion of the education and community work of the UK's orchestras, one of the ABO's key objectives has been the support and development of this core area of work.  A series of nationally coordinated education projects over the past years resulted in a well-established Orchestras in Education programme, which existed to promote the education work of member orchestras and to develop the relationship between schools, teachers and orchestral players.

The ABO has also mounted a number of research initiatives, with a series of important industry reports being produced, such as regular statistical surveys of the UK's orchestras, and highly influential reports on environmental sustainability and noise damage to musicians.


The ABO is the national body representing the collective interest of professional orchestra, youth ensembles and the wider classical music industry throughout the UK. 

Our mission is to enable and support an innovative, collaborative and sustainable orchestral sector, and we exist to provide advice, support, intelligence and information to the people who make British orchestras a global success.  The key Strategic Objectives of the ABO cover three areas of activity:  Connecting, Championing and Developing.

Using the framework of the mission statement, our key aspirations for 2016-2019 will be to deliver on these key objectives through:

  • Connecting members to other members and the wider industry through networking opportunities, keeping our members well-informed and up-to-date with best practice to help build resilience and financial sustainability.
  • Championing British orchestras and the wider membership, raising their profile and influence with key stakeholders and the British public through political engagement, the media, social media and stakeholder bulletins. We will track and influence the development of cultural policy from the European Union, UK government, local government and devolved administrations , and advocate the value of public and private investment in the orchestral sector.
  • Developing the skills and knowledge of our members’ staff, including providing and signposting to high-quality professional development opportunities for all tiers of management and musicians and nurturing emerging leaders.

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RadhaRaman Society

+44 (0)771 866 2890

United Kingdom

RadhaRaman Society mainly organises a yearly festival of Bengali folk music and dance called RadhaRaman Folk Festival in the North of England (Leeds) since 2011 and Baul and Vaishnav Music Festival in London since 2013.

This is purely a community art organisation that promotes the grandeur of Bengali colourful folk music and dance as serious art forms for young Bengali diaspora around the world as well as the audience from diverse cultural background in the West through collaboration with other forms of folk music and dances e.g. jazz, Irish dance, etc.

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HKYAF Community

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF)

+852 2877 2625

Unit C, 8/F Wah Ha Factory Building, 8 Shipyard Lane, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation (YAF) is a charity that provides access to high quality, non-competitive free-of-charge arts experiences for all young people aged 5 to 25.

Established in 1993 by Lindsey McAlister OBE, JP, YAF organises inclusive and inspirational projects that reach out to youngsters of all cultures, backgrounds, languages and abilities, and actively creates opportunities for those who are disadvantaged and underprivileged.

What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand. – Confucius

YAF believes that quality art experiences can enrich the learning process by offering new ways of channelling energy and looking at the world. Amongst the multitude of crucial benefits that arts opportunities create are increased creativity, self-expression and self-esteem, plus problem solving, communication, leadership and teambuilding skills.

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The British Voice Association

+44 (0)300 123 2773

330 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE, UK

The British Voice Association (BVA) is the ‘voice for voice’ in the UK, an association of multi-disciplinary professionals who work to promote the field of voice in its broadest sense.

Our remit is the encouragement of a healthy voice, vocal skills and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine and education.


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Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA)

Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY, United States

Founded in 1983, the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) is an international organization of 270 professional performing arts organizations, represented by more than 450 performance librarians from symphony orchestras, opera and ballet companies, music academies, professional bands and ensembles in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia.

MOLA’s mission is to facilitate communication between professional performance librarians, educate and assist them in providing service to their organizations; provide support and resources to the performing arts, and work with publishers to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials for the professional musician.

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British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA)

+44 (0)20 7636 2929

2 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London, United Kingdom


The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) is the voice for music writers.

BASCA campaigns in the UK, Europe and throughout the world.

So that we may continue to do this, it is important that we can count the best songwriting and composing talent amongst our members.

We are the independent professional association representing music writers in all genres, from songwriting to media and contemporary classical to jazz.

We are entirely self-funding and rely on the continuing support of our members to carry on our work.

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European Guitar Builders Association (EGB)

+43 1 8903915

Wirtschaftsweg 5, Märkische Höhe, Germany

The EGB is an alliance formed by professional independent European luthiers.

We are dedicated to supporting each other by sharing knowledge, resources and experience in order to preserve and innovate the art and craft of guitar-building in Europe as a vital part of our musical culture.

The European Guitar Builders Association (EGB) was founded with the goal of organising independent luthiers as well as people related to the field of guitar-building across Europe.

The tradition of lutherie is a rich legacy. Methods tempered and knowledge accumulated over centuries. We want to preserve this but also carry it forward and expand it through innovation and the exchange of ideas and culture. We want to foster a sense of community among practitioners of our craft. Most builders are faced with similar problems and challenges. There is enormous potential in joining and helping each other, sharing experiences, cooperating and advancing the craft in a spirit of amity.

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European String Teachers Association UK (ESTA UK)

35 Calthorpe Road, Birmingham B15 1TS, United Kingdom

West Midlands

ESTA UK is dedicated to the needs of string teachers across the UK and to improving the quality of string teaching at every level, from toddler to conservatoire.
They provide support and professional development through their website; their magazine, Arco; and by organising events across the country throughout the year.
They offer generous financial benefits to members, including free insurance and legal cover, funding to put on local events and discounts to ESTA-organised seminars.
ESTA UK believes that music can change lives; that every child has the right to learn music; and that music teachers are responsible for the future generations of musicians and music lovers.
  • Free insurance and legal cover including Public Liability, Employers Liability Insurance with a 24-hour legal helpline and 24-hour tax helpline
  • Free customisable listing in our online public directory
  • Discounts on events organised by ESTA
  • Quarterly magazine Arco and biannual youth magazine JESTA, with unlimited copies of JESTA for your students
  • Reference videos and books on loan
  • Repertoire database for finding and suggesting repertoire suitable for students at all levels and searchable by musical and instrumental technique
  • Nannie Jamieson Nutshell Fund for assistance with short courses relating to teaching string instruments
  • Joan Dickson Chamber Music Fund for help in introducing young players to chamber music.
ESTA UK is a member of ESTA. ESTA UK is ESTA String Teachers Association Ltd, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity

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Music Mark

+44 (0)20 7939 6049

3rd Floor, 8 Holyrood Street, London SE1 2EL


Music Mark is a membership organisation for Music Services and/or Lead Organisations of a Music Education Hub, their teaching and support teams, their partners and their schools.

We aim to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high-quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people.

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CAGAC (Cymdeithas Addysg Cerdd Awrdurdodau Cymru)

Wales, United Kingdom


The heart of music education in Wales, CAGAC (Cymdeithas Addysg Cerdd Awrdurdodau Cymru / Welsh Authorities’ Music Education Association) is a sub-group of the Association of Directors of Education in Wales (ADEW), organised through the ADEW Improvement Coordination Group.

We aim to promote local authority music education in Wales – ensuring that all children and young people have the access and opportunity to learn, play and sing.

Our objectives:

  • To support music services in meeting schools needs in respect of range, and quality of service, including supporting generalist class teachers and non-music practitioners to deliver the requirement of the national curriculum
  • To challenge music services to meet learners needs for high quality, affordable group/individual tuition, delivered by trained staff and  with opportunities for progression and access to support to higher level learning
  • To have partnership working at the heart of operations by facilitating effective networking with other bodies; and sharing of good practice across all LA Welsh music services
  • To represent and reflect the views of ADEW in relation to music education in Wales, providing a pro-active and responsive national association on behalf of ADEW
  • To reflect and respond to Welsh Government policy and strategy for Music education and Music Service provision in Wales

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