Award-winning membership publications, online facilities and merchandise
The Musician journal
The Union's journal, The Musician, is distributed quarterly to members and each edition includes interviews, articles, campaigns, news and reviews.
The publication is recognised as one of the leading periodicals of the trade union movement and won Best Journal/Magazine at the TUC Communications Awards in 2005, 2008 and 2013.
The journal is also produced in customised MP3 files and distributed in CD format to visually-impaired members. A PDF version of a selection of editions of The Musician, plus sample MP3 files can be downloaded from this page. Should you require other MP3 files of specific articles, please contact your Regional Office.
Material for consideration for inclusion should be sent to: The Editor, Musician, 60-62 Clapham Rd, London SW9 0JJ, or submitted by email to keith.ames@theMU.org
N.B. The ISSUU page turner will work in the iPad and also the iPhone (3G or later). Android mobile users can download an App to view offline here. Please note that this App is made by ISSUU and is not managed by the Musicians’ Union. Please note that documents must be viewed over an internet connection and data charges in downloading may be incurred with your mobile device operator.
Reviews of members’ work
To submit your work for review in The Musician, send recordings, full contact info, biog and PR material to: Reviews, The Musician, 60-62 Clapham Rd, London SW9 0JJ. You should also forward your cover artwork and/ or photos (minimum 300dpi resolution) to: keith.ames@theMU.org
If you wish to submit an online release for consideration, please email Keith Ames with either MP3 files or links to where the track can be accessed. All releases to be considered must be available to MU members, the industry and public. Please note we try to support as many members as possible, and preference is given to members not previously reviewed.
MU Members’ Handbook
The MU annually the go-to guide to all the services of the Union: the MU Members’ Handbook. A winner in the Best Publication category at the TUC Comms Awards in 2008 and 2011, the book contains comprehensive career advice for the working musician, full information on how the Union works, together with details of the Union’s insurance cover and a highly valued tax savings guide.
The Musician Extra
The MU’s Regions and Sections regularly produce The Musician Extra newsletters for distribution to the appropriate members. The six Regional editions of The Musician Extra are produced for members in advance of the Regional AGMs that are held each autumn. 2014 will also see the release of pre-Conference 2015 editions in December.
Those from the MU Sections, and the Equalities Committee, are produced in keeping with the demands of the relevant democratic procedures.
Each Extra includes news of MU elections, plus on occasion MU event information, discount schemes and articles of particular interest to members of the Region or Section in question. Editions of The Musician Extra are distributed in either print or digital form, as appropriate. Each copy is available in large-print, text-only format for visually-impaired members, upon application to the appropriate Regional Office or MU Section or Equalities contact.
The MU increasingly keeps members up-to-date with news and events via our dedicated MU News facility by distributing customised emails. These range from releases specifically promoting an event and calling for registrations, to the nationally distributed MU News, which contains news of significant campaigns and results. In order that you can benefit fully from the MU’s developing range of member communications, please ensure that the Union has your up-to-date email address on file. You can do this by visiting your own membership file online or by contacting your Regional Office.
Free MU merchandise
The MU produces a wide variety of merchandise for its members, in order to promote membership of the Union and support our campaigns. These items include lanyards, beermats, badges, flyers, pens, pencils, T-shirts, stickers, bags and posters. Many of these items are free to members and available from your Regional Office.
The Union puts on numerous events for members during the year and details of these are sent to members by email. Such events may be organised by your Region or a national MU department. The Union also regularly has a presence at major trade shows. Look out for details of these in MU member communications.
For more editions of The Musician in audio please visit our SoundCloud.
Large print resources
In addition to providing The Musician in audio and the large print versions of The Musician Extra, all documents provided by the MU, including rate cards and advice leaflets, can be requested in large print from your Regional Office.