About Us

The Production Music Association (PMA) is the leading advocate and voice of the production music community. We are dedicated to advancing the unique value of production music and working together to ensure a better future for our community.

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Our Mission

We are a non-profit organization counting over 670 music publisher and composer members. Major labels, independent boutiques, emerging composers and well-known Grammy™ winners are all part of our membership. Together, our members account for over 1,000,000 individual copyrights and PMA music is heard daily in every country around the world

Our goal is to provide to all our members, the education, support and advocacy needed to support their careers and enhance the value of their craft.

We Strive to Fulfill Our Mission By:

  • Working with performing rights organizations, legislators, legal counsel and content creators in the aim of improving the reporting, monitoring, collection and distribution of performance fees and royalties for our members.
  • Providing our members with a community that aligns in common interest to engage in collaboration - creatively and in regard to business development.
  • Educating our members and the marketplace about music rights and other issues that impact the production music community.
  • Showcasing members' music and creating opportunities between composers and publishers.
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Our History

In 1997, a US performing rights society planned to impose a cap on production music royalties that would have been considerably damaging to our community.

Several production music companies overcame their professional differences and came together to successfully oppose this issue.

They quickly discovered that working together greatly amplified their influence and shortly thereafter formed the Production Music Association. Thus began an ongoing journey to bring our community together, and help create a strong, sustainable future.

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Today and Tomorrow

The PMA is moving forward on a whole host of issues.

We’re creating industry-wide technology standards and hosting popular events all over the country, including the highly successful Production Music Conference held annually in the fall in Los Angeles. We’re lobbying PROs for accurate distribution and educating both composers and our user base. We are involved in everything from fingerprinting and online licensing models to copyright issues and global outreach.

We speak with the combined power of all our members and every additional voice makes us louder.

Our Accomplishments

  • Ensuring that millions of dollars of performance royalties found their way to the properly-entitled writers and publishers;
  • Persuading our community, broadcasters and the PRO’s about the issues surrounding direct licensing and non-exclusive retitling.
  • Influencing the technological developments affecting the tracking, reporting and payment of our members’ music.
  • Advocating for our members in opposition to those who believe music should be free.
  • Partnering with global organizations to strengthen our mission worldwide.

Who We Are

The Production Music Association is a small team, run by one full-time staff member and a volunteer Board of Directors. All Board representatives are employed by a music library that is a member of the PMA.

Morgan McKnight
Morgan McKnight

Executive Director

Production Music Association (PMA)

Adam Taylor
Adam Taylor

Chairman

Associated Production Music

Joe Saba
Joe Saba

Vice Chairman

Video Helper

Ron Mendelsohn
Ron Mendelsohn

Secretary

Megatrax

Marcia Kautz

TREASURER

Warner Chappell Production Music

Blaine McGovern

Board Member

Universal Publishing Production Music

John Clifford
John Clifford

Board Member

True Road Music

Joel Goodman
Joel Goodman

Board Member

Icon Trailer Music

Brian Brasher

Board Member

Pitch Hammer and Annihilation

Andrew Gross
Andrew Gross

Board Member

Konsonant Music

Rob Reale

Board Member

4 Elements Music

Edwin Cox
Edwin Cox

Board Member

West One Music

Randy Wachtler

Board Member

11One Music / RJW Music Consulting

Darrel Shirk

Board Member

BMG Production Music

Alan Lazar

Board Member

Composer

Martin Weinert

Board Member

Intervox Production Music