Industry Links

IMPF is an associate member of CISAC (International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers) and ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishers) and works closely with the CMO members of CISAC at national level.  IMPF also works with IMPALA, ECSA and GESAC on European affairs. IMPF has a memorandum of understanding with AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers), a charter of cooperation with IMPEL, the licensing hub for independent music publishers, and a strategic alliance with The Ivors Academy to strengthen ties between music creators and publishers. IMPF also liaises at international level with CIAM (International Council of Music Creators) in this regard.  IMPF joins the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) at WIPO and is a Member of the Advisory Board of WIPO for Creators.  IMPF is a stakeholder to the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights of the European Union Intellectual Property Office. IMPF is a member of the Pro Music international coalition which promotes the myriad of different ways people can enjoy music safely and legitimately online. IMPF sits on the Advisory Board of Fair Muse  a project “Promoting Fairness of the Music Ecosystem in a Platform-Dominated and Post-Pandemic Europe.”

IMPF has a best practise Code of Conduct and Ethics and partners with Keychange to works towards gender balance on the Boards, Committees and activities of IMPF. IMPF is a memer of the Human Artistry Campaign coalition. IMPF also supports the Credits Due Initiative.  IMPF is pleased to have been closely involved in the development of CLIP, an online resource that helps creators understand their IP rights, and get proper credit and reward for their work. The platform launched on November 17 2023.

IMPF works and liaises with the following:

Agorateka is a Pan-European portal of the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), created through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights. It allows you to search through national-level portals that link to sites for music, film & television, e-books, video games and sports events. It provides fast and easy access to legal offers online.

The organization’s primary focus is to educate and inform music publishers about the most current industry trends and practices by providing a forum for the discussion of the issues and problems confronting the music publishing industry.

The International Council of Music Creators (CIAM) was created in 1966 to advocate for the cultural and professional aspirations of music creators. CIAM focuses on economic and legal interests, serves as a forum for the exchange of information, ideas and best practices, and provides practical advice to help musical creators achieve their goals.

The world’s leading network of authors’ societies. CISAC protects the rights and promotes the interests of creators worldwide. CISAC enable collective management organisations to seamlessly represent creators across the globe and ensure that royalties flow to authors for the use of their works anywhere in the world.

When it comes to creators’ rights and intellectual property, Creators Learn Intellectual Property – CLIP – is the trusted go-to knowledge platform. A globally minded platform catering to creators of all disciplines, with CLIP, creators can make informed decisions and be recognized and fairly compensated for their work.  IMPF is pleased to have been involved in the development of this platform.

Creative Europe invests in actions that reinforce cultural diversity and respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural and creative sectors.  The main objectives of the programme are to safeguard, develop and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity and heritage, increase the competitiveness and economic potential of the cultural and creative sectors, in particular the audiovisual sector. The novelties of the programme will contribute to the recovery of these sectors, reinforcing their efforts to become more inclusive, more digital and environmentally more sustainable.

Creativity Works! is a leading coalition of organisations, federations and associations representing Europe’s cultural and creative sectors.

Ensuring complete and accurate song metadata is attached to all recordings at the point of creation.

Developed out of a continent-wide consultation launched by EMC. Reaching out to the entire music sector, it identifies the sector’s collective needs and sets our priorities for the future.


The main objective of the alliance is to defend and promote the rights of authors of music at the national, european and international level by any legal means. ECSA advocates for equitable commercial conditions for composers and songwriters and strives to improve social and economic development of music creation in Europe.

EUIPO is the European Union Intellectual Property Office responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design. We also work with the IP offices of the EU Member States and international partners to offer a similar registration experience for trademarks and designs across Europe and the world.

A project that promotes Fairness of the Music Ecosystem and provides a timely response to the increased dominance of the biggest online music platforms and their algorithms.

Fair Trade Music International (FTMI) is the independent, not-for-profit organization behind the Fair-Trade Music movement.

GESAC comprises 33 authors’ societies from all over Europe. Together, representing over one million creators and rightsholders – from musicians to writers, visual artists to film directors and many more, in the areas of musical, audiovisual, visual arts, and literary and dramatic works.

Creative works shape our identity, values, and worldview. And there are fundamental elements of our culture that are uniquely human. Only humans are capable of communicating the endless intricacies, nuances, and complications of the human condition through art – whether it be music, performance, writing, or any other form of creativity. Developments in artificial intelligence are exciting and could advance the world farther than we ever thought possible. But AI can never replace human expression and artistry. 

ICMP is the world trade association representing the interests of the music publishing community internationally. The constituent members of ICMP are music publishers’ associations from Europe, Middle East, North and South America, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Included are the leading independent multinational and international companies and regional and national music publishers, mainly SMEs, throughout the world.

IFPI is the voice of the recording industry worldwide, representing the interests of 1,300 record companies across the globe.

The International Music Council (IMC), founded in 1949 by UNESCO, is the world’s largest network of organizations and institutions working in the field of music. The International Music Council promotes access to music for all and the value of music in the lives of all peoples.


Formed in 2000 by prominent independent labels and national trade associations, IMPALA has 5,000 members. IMPALA is a non-profit making organisation with a scientific and artistic purpose, dedicated to cultural SMEs, the key to growth and jobs in Europe.

IMPEL licenses and administers the digital rights of its publisher members’ Anglo-American repertoire for online activities on a multi-territory basis.  A collection of independent music publishers who have joined forces to increase their negotiating power in the digital market place, IMPEL is the only online licensing organisation that is owned by independent music publishers, operating for independent music publishers.

The Ivors Academy is the UK’s independent professional association for music creators. We are a community of diverse, talented songwriters and composers across all styles. Their talent creates the music that the world loves.

Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Keychange is a global network and movement working towards a total restructure of the music industry in reaching full gender equality.  Keychange consists of partners collaborating from 12 different countries, working proactively to make this change.

The United States Copyright Office (USCO) designated the industry-consensus Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC), created by U.S. music publishers and songwriters and backed by the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA), the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and the Songwriters of North America (SONA), as the new entity tasked with licensing and administering rights under the Music Modernization Act (MMA).


The internet deserves a better debate of ideas. Netopia believes in a free and open internet where people and companies may safely dwell, where society protects the freedom, privacy and rights of individuals and creates the preconditions for growth and diversity. Netopia’s mission is to develop visions regarding the future of the internet based on these values.

Pro-music is a coalition of people and organisations working across the music sector. The international alliance of musicians, performers, managers, artists, publishers, major and independent record companies and retailers across the music industry work together to promote the myriad of different ways in which people can enjoy music safely and legitimately online.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) promotes innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries, through a balanced and effective international intellectual property system.

WIPO for Creators is an open public–private partnership launched by WIPO and the Music Rights Awareness Foundation.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.


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