Join the MU

Here are the top six benefits the MU can provide for you. The right hand side of the page has testimonials by MU members, from pop stars to high school recorder teachers, where they reveal how the Union has helped them and their careers.


The numerous benefits of MU membership include:

Insurance schemes

Members are insured for legal liability of £10m, to cover injury to members of the public or damage to property. You also get instrument and equipment insurance up to £2,000, Personal Accident cover and tax investigation cover. NEW: Members have access to Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme from just £50 a year (plus £5 admin fee). For more information and to buy the cover click here.

Legal assistance

Whenever members have disputes over unpaid fees, cancellations, injury compensation, intellectual property rights, or need help with contracts for recording, songwriting, touring or merchandising, the MU’s legal team is there to help — at no extra cost.

Nationwide network

As a member, you have access to online noticeboards that allow you to contact fellow musicians. There are dedicated helplines for personal, legal, financial and medical assistance and access to music–focused and other courses and workshops.

Rights protection

Composers, songwriters and producers can call upon the MU to protect their copyright and property rights. The Union continually updates its rights’ service for musicians in recording and publishing, including online developments.

Career & business advice

Membership enables you to maximise career opportunities by joining a community of musicians, benefiting from their wide experience. Our professional advisers offer commercial guidance while regional and specialist services will help you advance your music career.

Teacher services

Musicians who teach can get assistance with lesson planning documentation, obtaining Criminal Records Bureau clearance, National Insurance contributions, pension issues, claiming holiday pay and other teaching-related matters.

The full range of benefits:

—  Experienced staff & Officials

—  Nationwide Regional Offices

—  Dedicated helplines

—  Careers & business advice

—  Contract Advisory Service

—  Industry lists & leaflets

—  Campaigns & lobbying

—  Specialist Sections

—  Networking opportunities

—  MU website

—  Membership Directory

—  The Musician journal

—  Public Liability Insurance cover

—  Exclusive insurance schemes

—  Instrument protection

—  Health & Safety

—  Lifelong Learning

—  Courses, seminars & workshops

—  Personal injury package

—  Benevolent assistance

—  Medical hotline

—  Legal assistance

—  Partnership Advisory Service

—  Fee recovery & dispute resolution

—  Salary & rate negotiation

—  Contracts & Specimen Agreements

—  Consent forms

—  Rights protection

—  Media & session specialists

—  Fee collection & distribution

—  Tax Saving Guide

—  Pension schemes

—  Works Registration Service

—  MU Diary

—  Discount schemes

—  MU merchandise