Join the MU

How much is it to join?


The annual membership rates are:


Credit/debit card


Quarterly Direct Debit (4 payments)


Monthly Direct Debit (12 payments)



Full Time Student Rate – £20 per year by credit/debit card only. (There is no Direct Debit option)

NUT / Musicians’ Union Joint Partnership Scheme – £105.50 per year by credit/debit card only. (There is no Direct Debit option)


Membership is for 12 months and on a yearly renewable basis.

The Student Rate is payable by members in full-time education.

Payment of subscriptions is due on the anniversary date of your joining the Union. This renewal date is printed on your membership card for handy reference.

An invoice for the annual subscription is issued prior to the anniversary date. Subscriptions can be paid by cash, cheque (payable to the Musicians’ Union), credit card, or by direct debit.

Please note that members may be denied access to certain benefits if their subscriptions are not paid up to date at the correct rate.

Political Fund

Trade union members need a political voice. Politicians make decisions that affect the lives of union members at work and at home. Unions need to be able to influence those decisions. For that they have to have a Political Fund. If you do not want to contribute to the MU Political Fund, however, you do not have to – you have the right to opt in or out of paying the levy whenever you want. Musicians applying to join in Northern Ireland should note that their subscriptions will include a deduction from the standard MU rates in order to reflect the legal requirements of the Union’s Political Fund for members in Northern Ireland. For more details please contact the Union.