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The Professions - Media, Entertainment & Publishing

Many of the professional bodies that cover this sector will provide their own qualifications and other services to members and others including publications and other resources....
The largest association of its kind in the World Welcome to The Agents' Association (GB). Our Member Agents represent all kinds of performers, celebrities and musicians within all areas of the Light Entertainment Industry.
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The Association of Photographers was first formed in 1968 as the Association of Fashion and Advertising Photographers and is one of the most prestigious professional photographers' associations in the world. The Association's aims remain the same today as they were more than 40 years ago...
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The Booksellers Association is a membership organization for all booksellers in the UK & Ireland, and we represent over 95% of booksellers. The BA represents and promotes its membership and provides a full range of products and services to members.
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BIPP is an internationally recognised qualifying organisation with over 100 years of experience in supporting and networking photographers. The core aims of the BIPP are to qualify and support professional photographers.
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BIMA IS THE BRITISH INTERACTIVE MEDIA ASSOCIATION With offices in England, Scotland, Wales and with our regional representatives spread across the country BIMA exists to do four key things... Support and promote the British digital industry Share knowledge and best practice....
BECTU is the UK's media and entertainment trade union; sectors covered include broadcasting, film, independent production, theatre and the arts, leisure and digital media. BECTU, formed in 1991, draws on the organising skill and sacrifice of many groups of workers.
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The Institute combines the role of professional society with that of a trade union - known as the IoJ(TU). The Institute's union section protects its members' interests in the workplace and campaigns for better conditions for working journalists.
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Equity is the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners. As a leading industry organisation, Equity is known and respected nationally and internationally for the work we do with, and on behalf of, our members working across all areas of the entertainment industry.
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The ISM was set up in 1882 to promote the importance of music and protect the rights of those working within music. It is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation which now has 7,000 musicians in its membership.
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About the IPG Publishing is a great business for companies to be in-but also a challenging one. Independent publishers' creativity, enthusiasm and contribution to the vibrant UK publishing industry should be celebrated and encouraged, and that's exactly what the IPG sets out to do.
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The Institute of Acoustics is the UK's professional body for those working in acoustics, noise and vibration. It was formed in 1974 from the amalgamation of the Acoustics Group of the Institute of Physics and the British Acoustical Society (a daughter society of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers).
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Established in 1952, the Master Photographers Association is the United Kingdom's only organisation for qualified and professional photographers. The MPA offers members a variety of membership benefits, including education, qualifications, informative regional meetings, national seminars, business building...
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The NCTJ brand is the long-established and respected benchmark of excellence for journalists. Alumni dominate all sectors of the media and 73 per cent of qualified journalists are NCTJ-trained. The NCTJ was founded in 1951 to run the newspaper industry's training scheme....
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The PA's mission is to strengthen the trading environment for UK publishers, by providing a strong voice for the industry in government, within society and with other stakeholders in the UK, in Europe and internationally; providing a forum for the exchange of non-competitive information between publishers....
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The Royal Photographic Society is an Educational Charity promoting both the art and science of photography. Membership is open to all, whatever level of experience or knowledge. No qualifications are required to join, just a passion and love for one or more of photography's myriad of genres, technologies and applications.
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The Royal Television Society is Britain's leading forum for television and related media. Membership is open to everyone with an interest in the medium. The RTS was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the Society in 1997.
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About: The Society of British Theatre Designers is a professional organisation run by designers for the benefit of designers. It was created to benefit theatre designers and their profession and to explore and further the role of the designer within the arts today.
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We started in 2005 with one goal in mind: to help women build successful and satisfying careers in the IT industry. We host and co-host regular networking events for female IT professionals to meet and discuss the issues facing the industry.
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The Writers' Guild of Great Britain is the trade union representing writers in TV, radio, theatre, books, poetry, film, online and video games. In TV, film, radio and theatre, the Guild is the recognised body for negotiating minimum terms and practice agreements for writers.
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