Established in 1988 by several music distribution companies, ERA allows for dialogue between distributors, record labels, industry associations, such as the British Phonographic Industry and government departments. Furthermore, ERA monitors legislation affecting its members and negotiates with government agencies on behalf of its members. Recently, this has included advocating for the enforcement of antipiracy laws. Decisions are conducted via a council of 18 elected members from the association’s members. ERA is affiliated with the National Association of Record Merchandisers and other overseas retail Associations, including the Global Entertainment Retail Association.