Advice & downloads

The MU looks after the interests of more than 30,000 professional musicians, offering practical advice and downloadable resources for those working in all industry sectors. See Public resources here
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Playing live

A wide range of advice for MU members, from first rehearsals to touring abroad, agents to depping, including MU live rates and Standard Live Engagement Contracts.

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Teaching

Advice and resources for MU members who teach, covering such subjects as good working practices, our partners, protecting your hearing, and teaching contracts and rates.

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Recording & Broadcasting

Advice and downloadable resources for session musicians, writers, arrangers and copyists, including MU rates and our minimum terms agreements for recording and broadcasting.

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Legal advice

Includes the MU Contract Advisory Service and Legal Advice and Assistance Scheme, Specimen Agreements, partnerships, management, sampling and endorsements.

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Insurance

Free MU equipment insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Personal Accident Cover, Professional Expenses Insurance and Family Motoring & Accident Aftercare for members.

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Getting paid

The MU's Ask Us First service, the benefits of systematic invoicing, how to claim interest on late payments and a downloadable version of our comprehensive Tax Savings Guide.

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Career advice

Practical advice on developing and sustaining a successful career, from first rehearsals and gigs, to getting press, maintaining an online presence and flying with instruments.

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Orchestras

Full- and part-time agreements and advice for MU orchestral members, covering such areas as playing casual concerts and depping, and the important role played by MU Stewards.

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Health & Safety

Advice on a wide range of Health & Safety issues, from ensuring venue safety and the Disability Discrimination Act, to dealing with performance anxiety and PAT testing.

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MU communications

Downloadable PDF and/or audio versions of MU member communications, including The Musician journal, The Musician Extra newsletters and seminar notes.

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Learning

The MU recognises the importance of learning and acknowledges the role it can play in supporting its members by the enhancement of existing skills or assisting members in learning new skills.

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Equalities

This section of the MU website aims to inform and update members on equalities news and events as well as sharing updates from the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and to inform members about organisations, projects and initiatives that the MU supports.

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