As a full AudioUK Member, you will be entitled to access to our legal services scheme; a range of member discounts; and will be kept up-to-date with new business opportunities.
You will also have the opportunity to take part in our policy-making processes and to work with us to expand our organisation – for example if you are based outside London you could set up a regional group.
We’ve outlined in more detail below some of our services – if you have any questions lease do get in touch by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
AudioUK Legal Services Scheme
AudioUK member companies have access to a bespoke Legal Services Scheme, through our retained Counsel, Paul March.
This will help you avoid the following:
* Spending hours updating your contracts
* Spending £250-350 per hour for basic legal advice
* Spending time explaining standard contract terms with agents
* Having to seek legal advice from lawyers with no broadcast experience
Paid-up members of AudioUK have FREE MEMBERSHIP of the AudioUK Legal Services Scheme AudioUK retains Paul to provide our members with access to high-quality broadcast-experienced legal advice – this is free for ‘first-line’ advice and some assistance. For more extensive work, or litigation, Paul can advise on suitably-qualified legal firms.
As well as quality advice, AudioUK provides the first ever industry standard draft contracts for engaging artists, producers etc. These contracts recognise the unique requirements of the independent producer when dealing with talent. Currently there are eight standard contracts available to Legal Scheme members via the Members-Only area of this website (access to logged-in members only):
* Artist (e.g. actor)
It is intended to offer two further contracts in due course:
* Executive Producer
These AudioUK standard contracts have now been available and in regular use for several years. They were road tested in negotiations with the major talent bodies and with selected agents, and were originally drafted, in consultation with AudioUK, by the Media and Intellectual Property department of the AudioUK solicitors Hill Dickinson. They are maintained and updated by Paul March.
Each contract comes with full explanatory notes, which are a producer’s brief to the issues involved in the document, including where appropriate suggestions how you can tailor it to improve your situation.
AudioUK has negotiated a series of discounted available only to members. To take advantage of these, members can email e for your discount code.
Member discounts include:
- Discounts on many AudioUK events, including the Audio Production Awards
- Primary Membership of The Radio Academy at just £15 per year, giving access to substantial discounts on events and awards
- a 15% discount on a subscription to Broadcast magazine
Members also benefit from recommended suppliers, such as business services including Health and Safety advice from WeDoHR.
Membership: fees and joining
Full membership is open to production companies – including registered sole traders, partnerships and limited companies – making audio content on a professional basis for commissioning organisations such as the BBC, UK commercial radio, recognised audio platforms, companies or agencies.
Associate membership is open at the discretion of the Board to anyone who wishes to be kept informed of AudioUK’s activities, including freelancers, students, academics and others with an interest in audio production who may not qualify for full membership. Associates receive our general membership emails, but do not have voting rights or access to benefits such as the legal services scheme.
The current fees for full membership, which includes the Legal Scheme, are as follows (from 1st July 2018):
Turnover (audio & radio)
A: up to £15,000
B: £15,001 to £25,000
C: £25,001 to £50,000
D: £50,001 to £75,000
E: £75,001 to £100,000
F: £100,001 to £150,000
G: £150,001 to £300,000
H: £300,001 to £500,000
I: over £500,001
The membership year runs from July 1st to June 30th the following year. New members joining through the year are charged pro rata.