Help shape the future of music, arts and culture in the North West

The North West has a rich history of a strong and vibrant cultural sector with positive economic, social and education impacts. Changes to central and local government funding threaten to undermine this however.

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Buskers’ guide promotes harmony in Liverpool

A new guide is being produced to help promote better relations between buskers in Liverpool city centre and local businesses. It is thought to be the first of its type in the country.

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Manchester’s Night & Day venue calls for further support following Council licence review

The owners of the Night & Day live music venue have been notified by Manchester City Council that their licence is to be reviewed.

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Applications are now open for mjf originals

Applications are now open for mjf originals, the bespoke scheme for commissioning new jazz work for first performance at mjf 2014.

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Join TUC march to save the NHS, Manchester, 29 Sept

The MU are supporting the TUC march to "Save The NHS" on 29 September in Manchester. As well as marching we have decided to quite literally "bang the drum" by putting together a samba band for the event with the help of "Manchester School of Samba".

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PRSF fund for touring and co-commissions cross border

Beyond Borders - a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Colwinston Trust.

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Are you a music educator in Greater Manchester?

Brighter Sound have been commissioned by Manchester City Council to conduct a consultation in relation to Manchester Music Education Hub (MyHub) the new music hub responsible for steering Manchester’s music education strategy.

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Musicians' Hearing Service: special offer for MU members

Musicians Hearing Service

The Musicians’ Hearing Service (MHS) is offering a set of ERs at £138, with a free hearing test for anyone who has ERs that were purchased in 2008 or before.

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MU Launches Fair Pay Campaign

The MU is launching a campaign for fair pay for musicians which can be found at The campaign comes in response to the growing number of examples of musicians being expected to work for free whilst other workers involved in the event are being paid. Share your comments on Twitter using #WorkNotPlayMU.

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PPL Performer Session with FAC and the MU

PPL performer session event

PPL collects money when records are broadcast or when artists perform on recorded music. But you can only receive that money if you are registered.

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