Association of Professional Recording Services

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) Minutes, 1983-1990; British Record Producers Guild (BRPG) Minutes, 1985-1992; APRS exhibitions and applications for space 1981-1995; press cuttings, publications; files on correspondence, advertising, marketing committee, sound levels; correspondence and news cuttings regarding the concert for the Children of Chernobyl Charity, 1992; Re-Pro correspondence and publications, 1990s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) is a leading force within the British Music Industry, maintaining contact with numerous UK and international associations, as well as with other bodies concerned with standards, training, technical and legal issues. Its members are recording studios, post-production houses, mastering, replication, pressing and duplicating facilities, and providers of education and training, as well as record producers, audio engineers, manufacturers, suppliers and consultants. Its primary aim is to develop and maintain excellence at all levels within the UK's audio industry.

Initially known as the Association of Professional Recording Studios, the Association became a limited company in 1951 and changed its name to the Association of Professional Recording Services in the early 1980s. In 1990 it created a separate membership group for pressers and duplicators (PAD), followed by record producers British Record Producers Guild (BRPG) (later named Re-Pro), a section for manufacturers, hire companies and consultants (the Suppliers Group) and, in 1997, APPS for audio post-production facilities.

Reference: Association of Professional Recording Services, APRS Constitution & About the Association (http://www.aprs.co.uk/about.html). Accessed 7 March 2002

Arrangement

The archive is not listed. A box list was prepared before the archive was moved to the Centre. The box list is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

Much of this archive is closed under the requirements of the Data Protection Act. Until it is properly listed, only minutes and publications are available. Please contact the Centre for further details.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Association of Professional Recording Services in 1999.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for Association of Professional Recording Services (GB 152 AAR2070).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

All financial records over six years old have been destroyed, further weeding is required.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.