The British Phonographic Industry
) is the British record industry's trade association
Its membership comprises hundreds of music companies including all four "major" record companies (Warner Music Group
, Sony Music Entertainment
, and Universal Music Group
), associate members such as manufacturers and distributors, and hundreds of independent music companies representing literally thousands of labels.
It has represented the interests of British record companies since being formally incorporated in 1973 when the principal aim was to fight copyright infringement
It founded the annual BRIT Awards
for the British music industry, as well as the Mercury Prize
for the Album of the Year. In September 2008, BPI became one of the founding members of UK Music
, an umbrella organisation representing the interests of all parts of the industry.
The BRIT Trust
The charitable arm of the BPI, the trust was conceived in 1989 by a collection of leading music industry individuals with a mission to give young people a chance to express their musical creativity regardless of race, class, sex or ability. The BRIT Trust is the only music charity actively supporting all types of education across the entire spectrum of music. Through the projects it supports, which include Nordoff-Robbins
Music Therapy and The BRIT School
, the Trust offers young people the opportunity to enhance their lives through music.