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25 Jul 2016

TheatreDigsBooker discount for MU members

The MU has teamed up with TheatreDigsBooker to help MU members find accommodation whilst on tour.

22 Jul 2016

OiRA – a new risk assessment tool

Conduct a simple and thorough health and safety risk assessment of your performance space using OiRA, a free online tool.

14 Jul 2016

Labour Leadership Elections – Who Can Vote And How

The Labour Party has confirmed who can vote in the upcoming Labour leadership elections.

07 Jul 2016

MU endorses Andy Burnham for Greater Manchester Metro Mayor.

The Musicians’ Union endorses Andy Burnham’s candidacy as Greater Manchester Metro Mayor.

07 Jul 2016

MU endorses Luciana Berger for Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor

The Musicians’ Union has endorsed Luciana Berger’s candidacy as Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

07 Jul 2016

Health and Wellbeing Month in association with Help Musicians UK, BAPAM and Musicians’ Union

For the entire month of August, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Musicians' Union (MU) will partner to provide a range of events about how to look after yourself as a professional musician.

28 Jun 2016

Represent MU Members in Scotland at STUC Equalities Conferences

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) is holding three conferences later this year to discuss issues that affect workers.

28 Jun 2016

Save Passing Clouds community music and arts centre

Sign the petition to protect Hackney venue Passing Clouds, which is under threat from developers.

27 Jun 2016

MU Reacts to Vote to Leave European Union

MU General Secretary reacts to Brexit

24 Jun 2016

The Musician as Fundraiser Shares Fundraising Best Practice

New videos from The Musician as Fundraiser project share musicians’ experiences fundraising for four UK orchestras.

23 Jun 2016

TUC LGBT Conferences passes MU motion on access to PrEP

The MU motion to the Trades Union Congress’ annual LGBT Conference on access to PrEP passed unanimously.

15 Jun 2016

NUJ Scotland training courses open to MU members

The National Union of Journalists Scotland are running training opportunities in May, June and August which are open to MU members.

14 Jun 2016

Showcase Scotland Expo at Australian Music Week 2016

Applications are now open for a showcasing opportunity at Australian Music Week 2016 (AMW).

31 May 2016

EU Referendum – registering to vote

Want to have your say in the EU referendum? Make sure that you are registered to vote by the deadline of 7 June.

12 May 2016

Measuring Music Survey – Please add your voice

UK Music’s annual survey on the state of the music industry has now been launched for 2016. The survey shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes to complete and by doing so you will be entered into a prize draw.

12 May 2016

MU statement on the BBC White Paper

The MU cautiously welcomes today’s statement on the BBC by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP.

10 May 2016

City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board Public Consultation: Inaudibility Clause

The City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board is currently conducting a public consultation regarding the city's grassroots live music scene. This follows concerns raised by musicians about a clause in local legislation which states that 'all amplified music and vocals shall be so controlled as to be inaudible in neighbouring residential premises.'

10 May 2016

Scaling back the BBC would be “devastating” for the private sector, TUC report warns

The TUC says that steps to weaken or undermine the BBC would cause real and lasting damage to the UK’s creative industries – the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.

10 May 2016

Help stop ticket resale abuse

The Musicians Union supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ticket abuse. Greater transparency and fairness is needed to avoid profiteering and exploitation of genuine music fans.

05 May 2016

Consultation on Managing the Effects of 700 MHz Clearance

Please take part in Ofcom’s consultation if you have or use equipment that will be negatively affected by the 700MHz band clearance.

27 Apr 2016

Get Total Motor Assist at a 100% discount

MU members can get Total Motor Assist free with their MU membership. Sign up now!

27 Apr 2016

Do you perform on BPI commercial audio recording sessions?

Completing the wrong session agreement could cost you.

21 Apr 2016

The Performance Fund: Flash Funding Winners Announced

Flight Brigade and False Advertising among winners of PRS for Music Foundation Flash Funding, in partnership with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union.

19 Apr 2016

MU Hub Report highlights job losses for instrumental music teachers

The Musicians’ Union (MU) are today releasing their third report into the state of music education in England.

12 Apr 2016

Music for Youth National Partnership Award Winners

As part of the Union’s work supporting Music for Youth, the MU sponsors a National Partnership Award. Find out what the 2015 winners got up to.

11 Apr 2016

Sign the instruments on planes petition

Call on the European Council to ensure musicians travelling with instruments are treated fairly.

06 Apr 2016

The Performance Flash Fund – apply now

Apply for Flash Funding by 11.59pm on Friday 8 April with PRS for Music Foundation, in association with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union.

04 Apr 2016

MU position on Europe

The MU has reaffirmed its support for Britain remaining part of the European Union.

29 Mar 2016

MU statement on the situation at the ENO

The MU expresses its dismay and disappointment regarding the news that Mark Wigglesworth has decided he is unable to continue as English National Opera Music Director.

24 Mar 2016

Essential Guide to Music Funding 2016

The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding 2016 features contributions from the MU, PRS for Music, Help Musicians UK, Arts Council England and more.

22 Mar 2016

Young workers: attitudes to work, unions and activism

University of Birmingham researchers are looking for young people to participate in a TUC research project on young workers and trade unions.

17 Mar 2016

Attitude is Everything State of Access Report 2016

Simple changes to online information provision could drastically improve the experiences of Deaf and disabled venue and festival goers, shows new report.

17 Mar 2016

MU Discount for ‘Festival Futures’

Hear from industry experts and network at Association of Independent Festival’s Festival Futures event. Plus MU members get a 10% discount.

15 Mar 2016

Entertainment Unions Launch Alternative Vision for BBC

The Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) is launching its BBC Alternative White Paper in Parliament today (Tuesday 15 March).

14 Mar 2016

Music industry campaign prompts action from Government to help protect UK music venues

UK Music, Music Venue Trust and Musicians’ Union welcome new Government legislation to protect music venues.

10 Mar 2016

Section Committee Nomination Form 2016

Members wishing to stand for the Union’s Section Committees in 2016 can log in and download the Nomination Form now. Deadline for Nominations: 24 March.

07 Mar 2016

Bristol Live Music Census 2015

Live music generated £123 million for the local Bristol economy in 2015, but many venues are under threat.

07 Mar 2016

Music in Hospitals and the Big Lottery

Vote for Music in Hospitals to receive £50,000 from the Big Lottery to deliver a series of live music concerts to older people in care homes in Wales.​

18 Feb 2016

Survey to Support Grassroots Music Venues

Help make the case for live music venues by taking and sharing this short survey.

18 Feb 2016

Please Sign the Petition to Keep English National Opera as a Full Time Company

The English National Opera (ENO) chorus, who are represented by Equity, are currently being threatened with job cuts and having their pay reduced to 75%.

08 Feb 2016

Love your Trade Union!

Show others what the MU means to you and raise awareness of the draconian Trade Union Bill as part of the TUC’s #heartunions week.

03 Feb 2016

Live music venues under threat in Aberdeen

Sign the petition to support Aberdeen venues and call on the City Council to adopt the Agent of Change principle.

02 Feb 2016

XpoNorth 2016: Creative Industries Take The High Road

XpoNorth conference and showcase is back, and open to applications from musicians who would like to take part.

02 Feb 2016

Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund

Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund gives awards to musicians planning a sabbatical from their normal working lives.

02 Feb 2016

Wiltshire Music Centre seeks non- executive Chair of Trustees

Wiltshire Music Centre promotes a year-round programme of over 100 live music concerts as well as music education and community initiatives.

27 Jan 2016

Creative industries worth almost £10 million an hour to economy

UK’s Creative Industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy, according to DCMS figures.

26 Jan 2016

Music industry ‘taskforce’ assembled to tackle U.S. visa problems

Following discussions in early 2015 between the Musicians’ Union (MU) and USA Homeland Security, the MU and British Underground (BU) have released a ‘Guidance Note’ for musicians travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme or ESTA and showcasing at events in the States such as A3C, CMJ and SXSW.

25 Jan 2016

Beyond Stage Fright: managing performance stress

Beyond Stage Fright involves top international musicians, writers and teachers sharing their insights into managing performance stress.

21 Jan 2016

Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords

Over the next few weeks the House of Lords will be discussing the Trade Union Bill, which amongst other things threatens the basic right to strike.

18 Jan 2016

MU supporting Bacc for the Future campaign

The MU is joining forces with 160 other organisations to protest against plans to make the British Baccalaureate virtually compulsory and further restrict the chances for young people to study creative subjects.

12 Jan 2016

FIM update: European regulation on air passengers’ rights

FIM is calling for musicians’ unions worldwide to put pressure on governments to support musicians flying with instruments, and will be asking musicians to get involved.

11 Jan 2016

Union pays tribute to Bowie

It is with great sadness that we learned about the death of David Bowie, a lifelong MU member and music legend.

05 Jan 2016

Tokyo Conference – performers demand fair share of online revenue

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) conference held in Tokyo in December has called for fair, proportional and balanced remuneration for the online use of performances.

22 Dec 2015

Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut

The MU is disappointed at the Scottish government’s draft budget, which outlines a 9.5% spending cut to culture.

17 Dec 2015

“World’s biggest panto” has no live band

The Musicians’ Union is disappointed that the production of Cinderella at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, dubbed the ‘world’s biggest panto’, does not have a live band.

17 Dec 2015

Performers' Alliance APPG Reception Highlights

Watch highlights from the Performers' Alliance All Party Parliamentary Group Reception, hosted by Musicians' Union, Equity and The Writers' Guild of Great Britain in December 2015.

14 Dec 2015

Edinburgh Instrumental Music Service threatened with 75% cut

Say no to proposed cuts to Edinburgh’s Instrumental Music Service, and show your support for Edinburgh’s music teachers.

03 Dec 2015

Independent Venue Week back for January 2016

Now in its third year, Independent Venue Week is back in January 2016 with a week-long series of gigs all around the UK.

02 Dec 2015

Guidance note: Elastic Artists Agency Ltd

Are you having a problem getting paid by this company? If so please read the following information. If you are an MU member, you can also contact your MU Regional Office.

26 Nov 2015

People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

The TUC backed national People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs takes place in London from midday this Sunday and all MU members are invited to attend.

26 Nov 2015

Threat to Arts Venues in Peckham, south east London – sign the petition

A new plan to build luxury flats is threatening the continued operation of the CLF Art Café, Bussey Building & Copeland Park. The new scheme will also restrict or prohibit the use of the CLF and Bussey Building’s outside courtyard space which could result in the loss of up to 700 jobs.

26 Nov 2015

Want to develop your musical theatre writing?

The ‘BOOK Music & Lyrics’ Lab for musical theatre writers opens for applications on 1 December 2015.

26 Nov 2015

STUC St Andrew’s Day March and Rally - No Racism: Refugees Welcome Here

The STUC annual St Andrew’s Day anti-racism march will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015.

26 Nov 2015

The Musicians’ Union: a Social History, exhibition and conference

The University of Glasgow is running a month long exhibition covering various aspects of the MU’s one hundred and twenty-two year history in January 2016 at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

26 Nov 2015

DCMS faces further cuts after Spending Review

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s overall budget has been cut by a further 5% in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review of 25 November, with the department's administration costs facing a cut of 20%.

24 Nov 2015

Underwire Film Festival: celebrating the talents of female filmmaking

The MU was delighted to support the Underwire Film Festival again this year - the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. The Union sponsors the Best Composer Award, which this year was awarded to Josephine Stevenson.

05 Nov 2015

The AIF and MU announce details of ‘Fair Play for Festivals’ agreement

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and the MU have launched an agreement that will mutually benefit emerging artists who are represented by the MU and the AIF’s 55 member festivals.

03 Nov 2015

Fair Play Venues

The MU’s Fair Play Venue Scheme aims to support grassroots venues, recognise good practice and stamp out the unfair treatment of musicians.

03 Nov 2015

Contact your MP about the Trade Union Bill

Help us kill the bill, and protect your rights as working musicians. Email or Tweet your MP before Tuesday 10 November.

31 Oct 2015

Tributes to Len Worsley

Tributes to Len Worsley, 29 June 1925 – 15 October 2015.

27 Oct 2015

Manchester Jazz Festival 2016 welcomes artists’ submissions

Fancy a gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2016? This is a contemporary jazz event and aims to champion artists playing original work, especially those living and working in the North West of England.

22 Oct 2015

Talk to your MP about the Trade Union Bill & your rights as a musician

We are fighting the draconian Trade Union Bill, and we need your support.

21 Oct 2015

Music for Youth Proms 2015

Book your ticket to the Music for Youth Proms to support hundreds of young musicians from across the UK.

21 Oct 2015

Leading Northern Ireland arts organisations face 7% cut

Thirty-two of Northern Ireland’s biggest arts organisations are facing funding cuts of 7% - or £620,000.

20 Oct 2015

PACT / MU Agreement ballot result

The result of the recent consultative ballot on a new agreement between the Musicians’ Union and PACT (the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) was in favour of the new agreement with associated changes and this will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

19 Oct 2015

Protecting Music Venues - Report Launched

The MU is delighted to announce the launch of the London Venues Task Force report.

12 Oct 2015

Third annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture: 'Workers' Rights are Human Rights'

In honour of workers’ leader Jimmy Reid, Nicola Sturgeon will address the issue of why workers’ rights are human rights and how this can be used in defence against the Tory Government’s attacks on workers’ economic, political and social rights in Scotland.

09 Oct 2015

Report from the MU Midlands Region AGM

The Regional Organiser’s report from the recent Midlands Region AGM held in Birmingham on 29 September is now available.

09 Oct 2015

Take the Fair Internet For Performers Survey

Take the Fair Internet Survey to help us fight for your right to a fair share of online revenues from digital uses of your work.

09 Oct 2015

Mental Health at Work: A young workers’ guide

New guide to supporting people with mental health issues in the workplace.

07 Oct 2015

Air Canada offers discounts for musicians

Musicians travelling with instruments on Air Canada flights may be eligible for a discount and more time to board.

07 Oct 2015

Jazzahead Bremen 2016

Applications for the Jazzahead Bremen 2016 showcase are now open.

02 Oct 2015

Support the FAIR INTERNET campaign

The Internet is for everyone. However, today, whether they are famous or not, performers are still not fairly rewarded when their performances are exploited via online on demand services.

23 Sep 2015

Important Changes to Q-Park Parking Discount

From 1 October 2015, Q-Park will provide an online discounted parking rate of £5 throughout the UK.

17 Sep 2015

Hague Court of Appeal: CBA applicable to freelance musicians

The Hague Court of Appeal this week struck down a ruling that would have put collective bargaining agreements covering freelance orchestral musicians across Europe under threat.

16 Sep 2015

£96 discount for MU members at the Live UK Summit

MU members are invited to take advantage of heavily discounted tickets for the LIVE UK Summit in London.

16 Sep 2015

Members discount on Overscore Manuscript Tape

Scottish MU Member Stuart Thomson has devised, developed and launched ‘Overscore’, a unique, removable manuscript tape.

16 Sep 2015

Misleading “buyout” consent forms – don’t be caught out!

What to do if you are offered a suspect or non-MU consent form.

16 Sep 2015

MU London Region Annual General Meeting

We are delighted to announce that Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of the Music Venue Trust, will be speaking at the MU London AGM.

16 Sep 2015

10% discount for MU members attending Festival Congress

MU members can take advantage of a 10% discount on all tickets at this year’s Festival Congress hosted by the Association of Independent Festivals.

16 Sep 2015

Take this short survey for Arts Council England

Ensure your voice is heard and show Arts Council England how they can help you and the music sector.

16 Sep 2015

Join the TUC National Rally and March in Manchester

Join the MU and our samba band in the TUC march, "Yes to workers rights, No to austerity", Sunday 4 October in Manchester

09 Sep 2015

Guidance on entering the U.S. to perform at a showcase

It is up to you to prove to the border guard that you have the right to enter the U.S. to perform at a showcase. This guidance is designed to assist in that process.

09 Sep 2015

Changes to Class 2 NI

There are changes occurring to the collection of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions- if you are affected you should have received a letter from HMRC.

07 Sep 2015

MU and Co-operatives UK launch guide to forming Music Teacher Co-operatives

The Musicians’ Union and Co-operatives UK launch an initiative aimed at creating more music teacher co-operatives.

26 Aug 2015

Changes to health and safety law for self-employed

The Government recently made changes to Health and Safety Law in regard to the self-employed.

26 Aug 2015

PRS for Music launches Streamfair campaign

PRS for Music is campaigning to increase awareness of streaming’s impact on songwriters and composers.

18 Aug 2015

Input into survey about training opportunities

Please fill in this short survey so that FEU training is better able to develop the key training opportunities you need to support your career.

22 Jul 2015

John Smith announced as new Chairman of PPL

John Smith, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU) and President of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), will succeed Fran Nevrkla OBE as Chairman of PPL (which is a part-time position) on 1 January 2016.

20 Jul 2015

MU endorses Burnham and Flint

The Musicians' Union (MU) has today decided to endorse Andy Burnham for Labour Party leader and Caroline Flint for deputy.

17 Jul 2015

Private Copying Regulations Quashed by High Court

MU delighted at today’s High Court decision to quash the Government’s private copying exception.

16 Jul 2015

MU condemns ‘unnecessary’ Trade Union Bill

The Government has now published its Trade Union Bill, which includes plans to criminalise picketing, permit employers to hire strike-breaking agency staff and a requirement that at least 40% of those asked to vote support the strike in most key public services.

16 Jul 2015

New funding facility: Career Development Bursaries

A new scheme has been set up by Help Musicians UK to fund exceptional career development opportunities for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, songwriters or small groups aged between 21 and 30.

16 Jul 2015

MU joins debate on streaming services and remuneration for artists

The MU has joined the debate about streaming services and remuneration for artists that was recently highlighted by the row between Taylor Swift and Apple Music.

15 Jul 2015

Harry Pitch

We are saddened to report the passing of Harry Pitch, harmonica and trumpet player, on Wednesday 15 July 2015.

14 Jul 2015

March with the MU at Tolpuddle

Join the MU at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset. We will be marching with the MU Great Western Marching Band.

08 Jul 2015

WOMEX 15 Budapest Bursaries

What are the Wales Arts International WOMEX 15 Bursaries?

22 Jun 2015

Jed Williams Memorial Bursary

Jazz 4 Jed are inviting applications to the Jed Williams Memorial Bursary from people involved in the Welsh jazz scene.

19 Jun 2015

UK music industry wins High Court copyright case against Government

The High Court today ruled against the UK Government in a Judicial Review case brought by the Musicians’ Union (MU), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music.

12 Jun 2015

GFTU Trade Union Management Programmme

The GFTU has announced the new dates for the GFTU trade union management programme 2015

12 Jun 2015

PRS licence fee 'pass on' - guidance note for members

PRS for Music licence fees (PRSfM) – traditionally paid by promoters and venue owners – are increasingly being passed onto musicians, either as a cost involved in hiring a venue or as a deduction from their performance fee.

05 Jun 2015

The Musician: Let the Music Play On

From Bergen-Belsen to the higher echelons of British classical music: cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch has travelled an extraordinary journey. In the Summer issue of The Musician, Anita speaks exclusively to the Musicians' Union about her life story.

05 Jun 2015

The Musician: Pop Goes Politics

Do British musicians still rage against the machine?

05 Jun 2015

The Musician: The Numbers Game

The Musician Summer 2015 explores the causes and consequences of ageism across all the ages and genres and investigates savvy strategies to battle discrimination.

02 Jun 2015

York Guide to Busking Released

The City of York has released clear guidance for buskers, local businesses and residents.

01 Jun 2015

Air Studios - support the legendary recording studio

The MU is aware of the potential problems that may be caused by the proposed building work to be undertaken next to Air Studios.

21 May 2015

Online summit: Beyond Stagefright

The Beyond Stage Fright online summit is a series of video interviews given by top international soloists, principal orchestral players, along with leading writers and teachers who all share their unique take on managing performance stress.

21 May 2015

Attitude is Everything call for deaf & disabled music fans in the North East

Fancy some free gig tickets and improving the local music industry at the same time in the North East?

21 May 2015

MU member discount for The Hub ‘One Dayer’ 2015.

1 July 2015 sees the second all-day networking and ideas event hosted by ‘The Hub’ at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

21 May 2015

Major rights group launches online campaign for artists

In May, four organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to campaign for the fair remuneration of online revenues.

21 May 2015

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House accepts pay deal

Members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House have voted in favour of a two-year pay deal: 2% for 2014/15 and 2% for 2015/16.

21 May 2015

Travelling overseas? Instrument passport now available

You may be aware that for the past year we have been advising our members on the regulations regarding the movement of instruments containing Ivory, Rosewood, Abalone and other endangered species overseas.

21 May 2015

TUC Black Workers Conference

The TUC Black Workers Conference was held at Congress House, London on 17-19 April 2015.

21 May 2015

TUC launches LGBT Charter

The TUC’s new Charter for International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity explains how unions can support the struggles of LGBT people in the many countries where homosexuality is illegal and subject to popular prejudice.

21 May 2015

Scotland United Against Austerity, Rally, Saturday 20 June, George Square, Glasgow

The People’s Assembly in Scotland and the STUC have announced that they are organising a rally in Glasgow to co-incide with a number of events throughout the UK on 20 June. This is to unite in opposition to austerity and provide a show of strength in opposition to the Tory Government.

21 May 2015

Support the campaign to save The Arches, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council Licensing Board has ruled that the famous venue can now no longer operate after midnight, the impact of which could lead to the venue shutting down.

21 May 2015

Review of Entertainment Licensing in Northern Ireland

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced a review of the current entertainment licensing regime in Northern Ireland which has been in place for almost 30 years.

15 May 2015

Sign up as a supporter to get a vote for Labour leader

In the past, all MU members who had opted into the political fund received a vote in Labour party selections – for example for leader or for Labour mayoral candidate. Please be aware that the rules have now changed and that you will not automatically receive a vote for these elections.

07 May 2015

Private Copying Judicial Review Heard At High Court

The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music were in the High Court this week for the long awaited judicial review of Government’s decision to introduce a private copying exception without fair compensation to songwriters, composers and musicians, which is in contravention of EU law.

06 May 2015

Music online: Rights groups launch remuneration campaign

Today, four international organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to launch a campaign for the fair treatment of all performers in the digital environment.

22 Apr 2015

A tribute to Vince Sipprell

On January 30th, Vince Sipprell passed away at the age of 35.

14 Apr 2015

Tribute to the memory of Danny Longstaff, musician, promoter, activist and MU official.

A dedicated site in memory of Danny has been opened and all who knew him are very welcome to contribute messages, stories and pictures.

14 Apr 2015

Take part in TUC Young Workers’ housing campaign

Ask your local candidates what their plans for housing are. You don’t have to be a Young Worker to take part.

13 Apr 2015

Olivier Award Winners

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of Olivier Awards 2015.

08 Apr 2015

TUC launch new Charter for International LGBT Solidarity

The TUC has launched a new Charter for International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity.

08 Apr 2015

Join the MU at Liverpool Sound City

Once again the MU will be in attendance at Liverpool Sound City and will be hosting a panel as part of the official conference. MU members also get £30 discount on Sound City delegate passes.

08 Apr 2015

Live Music Act extension comes into effect as venue capacity increases to 500

The Live Music Act extension came into effect on 6 April 2015, meaning venues with an audience of up to 500 people will benefit from the deregulation of live music.

08 Apr 2015

Increase agreed for live rates

The Executive Committee has agreed an increase of 1.5% on the following live rates for the period 2015-2016. These rates become effective from 1 April 2015.

08 Apr 2015

Rises agreed in Recording & Broadcasting rates

An increase has been agreed for the LPAG Library Agreement with the Library Producers Advisory Group, plus the MU Standard Library Agreement will increase by 7.15%. Both effective 1 Mar 2015.

08 Apr 2015

Universal loses Market Court case over Internet Music rights

Two sons of the late Albert Järvinen, guitarist for the Finnish band Hurriganes, won a clear victory over Universal Music Finland over the internet rights of two albums originally released in the early 1970s. The case was processed with legal aid provided by the Finnish Musicians’ Union.

08 Apr 2015

Keep Music Live in Edinburgh

Sign the petition to get rid of the Council's 'inaudibility' clause in its licensing policy.

01 Apr 2015

Music Venue Trust launches Understanding Small Music Venues report

The report reveals independent music venues are operating under significant financial and regulatory pressures, underpinned by a negative public image.

24 Mar 2015

Mayor of London unveils plan to boost busking and street performance across London

Following last year's #BackBusking campaign, which was set up to investigate the problems faced by buskers performing around the city, the Mayor's Busk in London scheme is now up and running. It aims to make busking and street performance much easier in the capital and includes London's first Busking Code of Conduct, a resource devised by performers, councils, businesses and the police.

20 Mar 2015

MU disappointed at BBC Trust findings

The Musicians’ Union has expressed disappointment at the BBC Trust’s conclusions from its service licence review of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and Asian Network, which were published yesterday. In particular the MU is concerned about the proposal to drastically reduce the coverage of live music on Radio 1.

09 Mar 2015

Mountview launches new MA in Writing Musicals

Mountview has announced the launch of a new MA in Writing Musicals, the first of its kind in the UK. This full-time course has been developed to provide practical training and experience in the art of writing musicals.

06 Mar 2015

Southbank WOW Festival Orchestra, London

MU members have expressed concern that no payment is offered for the Southbank WOW Festival Orchestra project. The Southbank Centre’s Music Director, Gillian Moore, has written to us clarifying the offer and remuneration for professional musicians.

05 Mar 2015

MU joins London Venues Task Force

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the creation of the capital's first Music Venues Task Force, which is to look at steps the city can take to protect and secure its vital network of live music venues.

04 Mar 2015

Arranging, Music Preparation and Orchestration rates for 2015

The minimum rates for the General Terms & Conditions for Arranging, Music Preparation and Orchestration are now available.

04 Mar 2015

MU members urged to contribute to UK Music research into the music industry's contribution to the economy

Last year 900 composers, musicians and songwriters in the UK took part in an economic survey run by UK Music. These responses were a key input to Measuring Music, UK Music's study on the economic contribution of music.

01 Mar 2015

Cumbrian trio celebrate 55 years in same band

MU members Alan, Jimmy and Rueben Slater are three brothers who started playing professionally in 1960 when they were aged 13 to 16 years old. The Slater family business, based in Wigton, ran a funfair and the boys named themselves after one of their traction engines. Hence Rue & the Rockets.

23 Feb 2015

Tribute to Gary Hyde - drummer, activist and MU Official

Gary was born in his beloved town of Margate 73 years ago. He was the eldest of 4 children and all of them are artistic in some way and also very passionate and dedicated to fighting whatever causes come their way.

23 Feb 2015

Entertainment Unions issue joint statement following ENO meeting

The general secretaries of BECTU, Equity and the Musicians' Union - respectively Gerry Morrissey, Christine Payne and John Smith - have issued a joint statement following a meeting with senior management at English National Opera (ENO).

13 Feb 2015

Entertainment Unions back members working at ENO

The General Secretaries of the Musicians' Union (MU), Equity and BECTU have sought an urgent meeting with senior management at the English National Opera. The request for the meeting was a response to the sudden departure of the ENO’s chairman and executive director and preceded this week's decision by the Arts Council to place the company into special measures.

11 Feb 2015

Write to your MP to call on their support against secondary ticketing

Write to your MP to call on their support against secondary ticketing.

11 Feb 2015

Live Music Act extended

The Live Music Act will be extended to cover audiences of up to 500 and live unamplified music will be deregulated on any premises from 6 April 2015.

03 Feb 2015

Music Venue Trust creates Music Venues Alliance: 'Championing the Grassroots'

The Music Venue Trust has formally announced the launch of the Music Venues Alliance, an association of venues and organisations that have united behind the work of the Trust.

30 Jan 2015

Support the campaign against Bath City anti-busking order

Bath Council is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order to ban the use of amplification by street entertainers in specific areas of Bath City Centre.

27 Jan 2015

Understanding small music venues

Music Venue Trust and the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance present the interim findings from their national research into the UK's music venue circuit.

23 Jan 2015

Ulster Orchestra takes a first step on the road to recovery

The Union is pleased to announce that confirmation was received of a further £500k funding from Stormont for the Orchestra, which is in addition to the extra £100k already pledged by Belfast Council and secures the orchestra's finances until April 2016.

21 Jan 2015

MU and Eurostar

Eurostar is committed to providing the best and most affordable means by which MU members can take their instruments into mainland Europe. Given the ongoing uncertainty of travelling by air with your instruments, the MU has been working with Eurostar to find a more reliable, cost effective and safer means of transport.

21 Jan 2015

Change to the Planning Guidance for Noise recognises Music Venues

The MU have been made aware that on Christmas Eve 2014 a change was introduced to the planning guidance that recognises the existence of music venues.

21 Jan 2015

Jazz for Labour: A concert for fairness and diversity

Great jazz artists come together and, through their music, express support for Labour’s values of fairness and diversity.

21 Jan 2015

Orchestral Audition Master Classes announced for 2015

The MU is pleased to confirm its ongoing partnership with Morgensterns, now in its third year, by providing six more Orchestral Audition Master Class days during 2015.

21 Jan 2015

New Cultural Enterprise Office Support Directory

The Cultural Enterprise Office has updated its Support Directory with a complete list of organisations and websites providing support to creatives working in Scotland.

21 Jan 2015

Scottish Trades Union Congress - Young Workers Conference and LGBT Workers Conference

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) will be holding its 4th LGBT Workers Conference on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May in Clydebank.

06 Jan 2015

Flying with a US Airline

On the 30 December 2014, the US Department of Transport issued a ruling which marks a major step forward for musicians travelling by air with their instruments.

06 Jan 2015

Fair Play Venue Scheme

Dave Webster, the MU’s National Organiser for Live Performance, was filmed at Venues' Day in December by thehub - one of the leading creative resources in the independent sector - at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.

05 Jan 2015

War Horse Band Dispute Resolved

We are pleased to confirm that the legal dispute relating to the termination of the musicians from the West End Production of War Horse has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

16 Dec 2014

Classic FM Teacher of Year Awards 2014 winner: Simon Router

This year the MU was honoured to sponsor the 'Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year' award as part of the Classic FM Teacher of Year Awards 2015.

16 Dec 2014

BA charging £300 for a cello

It has come to our attention that British Airways have changed their ‘additional seat’ fees for musicians travelling with cellos. Whilst the minimum payment for short haul flights is £40, the fee for long haul flights is £300.

16 Dec 2014

Save Tin Pan Alley

The iconic 12 bar club on London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’ (Denmark Street) is due to close to make way for an urban makeover.

08 Dec 2014

MU supports campaign to save Madame Jojo's

Sign the petition to save iconic venue Madam Jojo’s in London, due for demolition.

04 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement

Yesterday the Chancellor announced that he would be extending the creative industries’ tax breaks to include orchestras.

02 Dec 2014

Letter of thanks from Rome Opera to British MU

The Orchestra and Chorus of Rome Opera Theater would like to sincerely thank you for being so close to their 180 musicians as they faced the insane decision made by the Board to outsource the entire Orchestra and Chorus.

27 Nov 2014

VAT Place of Supply of Services – changes due in 2015

Members are alerted to impending changes to VAT rules, coming into effect on 1 January 2015. The changes only affect B2C transactions where the customer is a private person based in another EU member state.

27 Nov 2014

Delight at Rome Opera outcome: musicians reinstated

Last night Loris Grossi, trombonist at Rome Opera Theatre (ROT) and FIM member, announced that the 182 members of ROT who were sacked on the 2nd October 2014, have been reinstated.

26 Nov 2014

MU, Basca and UK Music Launch Judicial Review

The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have launched an application for Judicial Review of the Government’s introduction of a private copying exception without providing fair compensation for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders within the creative sector.

20 Nov 2014

Busking in London

Members may be aware that the MU has been working with the Greater London Authority and other stakeholders in an attempt to devise a pan London busking Code of Conduct ‘Busk In London’.

19 Nov 2014

UK Music calls time on unpaid internships

UK Music has joined forces with Intern Aware, to launch an Internship Code of Practice for music companies and young people. The Code will help employers understand their role and duty when hiring an intern, and importantly show them their responsibilities in terms of pay and tenure.

14 Nov 2014

MU responds to the Taylor Swift versus Spotify debate

The discussion over the value of streaming services for musicians entered a new phase when pop artist Taylor Swift removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify. Like many artists seeking to avoid the ‘cannibalisation’ of music sales from streaming, Swift withheld her new album 1989 from Spotify and other streaming services.

21 Oct 2014

Save the Ulster Orchestra – sign the petition

Please sign the petition calling for a long term, meaningful and financial commitment to funding and promoting The Ulster Orchestra. We encourage all who value the arts and musical culture to support the petition.

09 Oct 2014

MU to be an official partner of Venues' Day

On Tuesday 9 December 2014, 250 delegates from across the UK will gather at the Purcell Rooms at London's South Bank, for the first ever networking event specifically aimed at celebrating the work of independent live music venues.

06 Oct 2014

Notice for members working on cruise ships

The Union have been made aware that any musicians engaged on cruise ships or by owners of luxury yachts are now subject to the minimum conditions set out in a new 'seafarers agreement'.

05 Oct 2014

Scandal in Rome: the mayor dismantles the Opera

In an outrageous act of cultural vandalism, the mayor of Rome has announced his decision to dismiss all the artists, i.e. 200 orchestra musicians and choir members, working for the Rome Opera.

04 Oct 2014

For musicians travelling overseas with their instrument

Do you have ivory; Brazilian rosewood; abalone; tortoise shell, whalebone or other materials built into your instrument? Are you travelling overseas with your instrument? If so, there are certain precautions you should take to protect your instrument, especially if travelling to the USA.

10 Sep 2014

MU calls for more protection for live music venues

The Musicians’ Union is today putting a motion to the TUC Congress which would aim to offer more protection for live music venues.

02 Sep 2014

Campaign calling for Agent of Change principle to be made law

You can support the call for the adoption of the Agent of Change principle into UK Law from 11 September.

02 Sep 2014

Increases secured for Royal Sinfonia and WNO

Against the bleak background of orchestral pay freezes it is good to be able to report a small increase in pay at two orchestras.

02 Sep 2014

Update on the Disclosure and Barring Service

The DBS have extended the amount of time that an individual can join the Update Service with their DBS certificate.

01 Sep 2014

Freelancers at the Royal Opera House

The MU has terminated its Extras and Deputies Media Agreement with the Royal Opera House and therefore freelance musicians will be paid for any recording work they take part in at the ROH, under the relevant MU agreement going forward, for example our agreement with the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT).

08 Aug 2014

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.

05 Aug 2014

The Fleece Saved?

Bristol City Council last night approved plans for flats to be built next to The Fleece. Fortunately for the venue, planning permission will be subject to a number of strict acoustic conditions.

04 Aug 2014

Musicians’ Union members campaign outside War Horse Prom

West End orchestral players and members of the Musicians’ Union (MU) leafleted outside the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 3 August in advance of the BBC’s War Horse Prom, to make audience members aware of the MU’s ongoing campaign to ‘Save the War Horse Band’.

30 Jul 2014

Private copying exception

UK Music is disappointed that the Government has ignored important warnings from Parliament and industry about technical flaws in legislation to introduce a much needed exception to copyright for private copying.

28 Jul 2014

AIM Startups

AIM Startups is designed to help creative start-ups and as part of their program, AIM offers access to funding, mentoring, training, networking events and on-going support.

17 Jul 2014

MU supports The Fair Digital Deals Declaration

The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is a statement of commitment made by independent record labels to treat their artists fairly in agreements relating to digital exploitation of artists’ work in recorded music agreements with third parties.

17 Jul 2014

Tribute to Johnnie Gray

One of the great characters of British jazz, Johnnie Gray has passed away aged 94. Born in Coventry in 1920, he took up the tenor saxophone at school before becoming an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce.

07 Jul 2014

Support My Music Teacher

Tell us why you support your music teacher – how your music teacher changed your life and helped you achieve your ambitions.

21 May 2014

MU to remain neutral over issue of Scottish independence

The decision follows the MU’s forum on ‘The Future of Music in Scotland,’ which was held on 11 April 2014 at Glasgow City Halls.

28 Apr 2014

War Horse Prom Announcement

We have been contacted by a number of members about the War Horse Prom, scheduled for this summer, which will be hosted by the BBC in conjunction with The National Theatre. The Prom has been planned to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War

25 Apr 2014

Save the War Horse band

The Musicians’ Union is fighting to save the War Horse band and keep music live in theatres across the UK. The National Theatre (NT) has attempted to terminate the contracts of the five members of the War Horse band engaged to perform in the West End production of the show which continues to run at the New London Theatre.

15 Apr 2014

MU champions Milton Keynes Music Co-operative

Musicians are very resourceful. They need to be, given current public funding cuts. The loss of £22m in three years from music education has resulted in hundreds of instrumental teachers losing their jobs.

09 Apr 2014

MU supports 'Back Busking’ campaign

The MU attended the launch of the Mayor of London’s Back Busking campaign at St Pancras this morning, an event which featured a live performance by The King’s Parade, a band featuring MU members.

08 Apr 2014

Art of Teaching

The project aims to share good practice amongst instrumental and vocal teachers. So far over 100 films representing gifted teachers working across genres, ages and levels of ability have been produced.

18 Mar 2014

Sexism in Music

In the current issue of The Musician, the MU explores the accusation that the music industry is letting its female musicians down, and considers solutions for a more positive future for women carving a career in the British music industry.

05 Mar 2014

Artists, Managers and Performers alliance (AMP) calls for 50/50 split on streaming royalties

AMP, the recently formed alliance between the Musicians’ Union, the Music Managers’ Forum and the Featured Artists’ Coalition, is calling for streaming royalties to be split equally between the artist and the label in a submission to the EU consultation on copyright.

10 Feb 2014

European Parliament supports instruments on planes regulation

The European Parliament voted on 5 February in favour of a new proposal which would finally solve the problems that musicians face when travelling on planes with their instruments. The text must now also go before the European Council before it is approved.

05 Feb 2014

MU calls for Government to do more for music education

The Musicians’ Union has issued a report calling on the Government to work with Ofsted to ensure that schools recognise the importance of music education.

31 Jan 2014

The MU and EIS announce joint membership agreement

Members of the MU and the Educational Institute of Scotland Members are set to benefit from being represented and supported by both organisations.

03 Dec 2013

LGBT History Month

As LGBT History month approaches in February, the MU is planning to celebrate the lives of four musicians who should be an inspiration to us all.

15 Nov 2013

James Dean Bradfield wins Musicians' Union Classic Rock Award

Manic Street Preachers’ founding member and guitarist James Dean Bradfield was named winner of this year’s Musicians’ Union Maestro Award at the Classic Rock Awards last night.

23 Oct 2013

Musicians' Union welcomes decision on National Insurance regulations

The Government has today announced that they will repeal the current National Insurance regulations in respect of entertainers. This means that from 6 April 2014, those individuals engaged as an actor, singer, or musician, or in any similar performing capacity will pay Class 2 and Class 4.

29 Jul 2013

120 years celebrated at Conference

The MU celebrated 120 years at its 35th Delegate Conference in Manchester on 23 and 24 July. Over one hundred members and invited guests joined the MU’s Executive Committee and speakers from industry, education and Parliament at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, a stone’s throw from where the Union was first established in 1893.

27 Jun 2013

WIPO treaty extends performers rights

The UK has signed a new World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) treaty which grants a new suite of rights to performers in Audio Visual Performances.

02 May 2013

Musicians' Union marks 120th anniversary on 7 May

7 May sees the 120th anniversary of the first meeting of musicians in Manchester, which led to the founding of the Musicians' Union. The meeting was called by a 21 year old clarinettist, Joe Williams, who was to become the Union's first General Secretary.

04 Apr 2013

Increase in the Theatrical Management Association (TMA/MU Agreement) rates

The subsistence rates and touring allowance paid under the Union’s collective agreement with the Theatrical Management Association (TMA/MU Agreement) have increased from Monday 1 April across both subsidised and commercial sectors.

13 Mar 2013

MU welcomes new instruments on planes proposal

The Musicians’ Union has welcomed a new proposal before the European Parliament which would finally solve the problems that musicians face when travelling on planes with their instruments.

19 Feb 2013

MU secures fair rates of pay for musicians at King’s Head Theatre

In answer to the enquiries received from members with regards to the rates of pay advertised at The King’s Head Theatre in Islington, London, we are pleased to report that a speedy and positive resolution has been reached.

15 Feb 2013

Class 1 National Insurance Update

The Court of Appeal hearing in the ongoing case of ITV Services Ltd v HMRC has been further adjourned. As a result of this unexpected delay, we are pleased to report that HMRC have decided that due to the “commercial impact” the National Insurance regulations are having on the entertainment industry, they will revert to Ministers as soon as possible with recommendations on the future National Insurance treatment of entertainers.

13 Feb 2013

Do I need a VISA for SXSW?

On 13th February 2013 updated VISA advice was provided by The US Embassy in London and should be of particular interest to any musicians travelling to SXSW.

11 Feb 2013

MU wins SOLT Conciliation

The Conciliation Board has unanimously agreed with the MU position that the NT would be in breach of the terms and conditions of the SOLT / MU agreement by terminating the contracts of the musicians working at War Horse in London.

14 Jan 2013

ITV / MU Agreement - rates increase

As a result of negotiations between the MU and ITV in 2011, there will be an increase of 1.5% to session rates under this agreement for programmes scheduled for off-peak slots, including day-time, and those made for broadcast on secondary channels.

20 Dec 2012

MU and BASCA challenge exception

The MU and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) have come out against the Govt’s announcement of a private copying exception without fair compensation.

11 Dec 2012

Low levels of pay for musicians revealed

New research commissioned by the Musicians’ Union has been published demonstrating the chronic levels of low pay and no pay for self-employed professional musicians.

14 Nov 2012

MU Launches Fair Pay Campaign

The MU is launching a campaign for fair pay for musicians which can be found at www.worknotplay.co.uk. 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.

12 Nov 2012

MU Music Education Hub Representatives

We are in the process of recruiting Hub Representatives and we are very pleased on the amount of interest we have received so far. There is still time to register your interest…

19 Oct 2012

John Smith re-elected as MU General Secretary

John Smith has been re-elected as General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU). John, who first became General Secretary of the MU in 2002, will serve a further five year term.

26 Sep 2012

Musicians' Union Live Music Kit boost to grassroots

The MU offers a ‘Live Music Kit’ containing practical and creative advice for venues to encourage grassroots live music across England and Wales.

20 Sep 2012

Musical instruments on planes debate taken to Brussels

The Association of British Orchestras and the Musicians’ Union recently met with the European Commission’s Department for Transport to discuss legislative opportunities that would enshrine the right of musicians to travel with their instrument in the aircraft cabin.

19 Sep 2012

Get the MU mobile app!

The Musicians' Union app is available in the App Store and Google Play for the iPhone, iPad and mobile phones running the Android operating system.

11 Sep 2012

Café Rouge asking musicians to perform for free

The Musicians’ Union has criticised the Café Rouge ‘Vive la Musique’ charity evenings being held on 18 September 2012 for asking musicians to perform for no fee.

10 Aug 2012

MU’s campaign at the London 2012 Olympics

The MU’s campaign to ensure that musicians were paid at the London 2012 Olympics received media coverage across the UK, Europe and the USA. Unfortunately, LOCOG continued to say that there were no offers of unpaid work to professionals.

05 Jul 2012

London Olympics/Paralympics 2012

If you work for LOCOG or one of the contractors working on the Games and have a problem at work, a procedure has been put in place by the TUC and ACAS to provide advice and assistance to trade union members who find themselves in dispute with their employer/engager.

01 Jul 2012

General Secretary Election 2012

In accordance with current trade union legislation, the Executive Committee announced in the summer issue of The Musician that an election for the position of General Secretary will take place, and invited proposals for nominations to be submitted for consideration by Regional AGMs.

29 Jun 2012

LOCOG owes us some answers

Further to the BBC London News piece in which Horace Trubridge was interviewed about professional musicians being asked to work for no fee at the Olympics, the MU is demanding answers from LOCOG.

27 Jun 2012

MU urging musicians not to work for free at Olympics

We’ve been investigating this situation since April and we have uncovered several instances of professional musicians being asked to work for no fee at the Olympics.

26 Jun 2012

MU welcomes Beijing Treaty

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the new Treaty that has been signed on 26 June at the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) International Diplomatic Conference in Beijing.

30 May 2012

MU calls for consistent policy for instruments on planes

Following British Airways' recent change to carriage policy, the Musicians’ Union is calling for the Government to follow the example that has been set by the U.S. Congress this year and introduce a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes.

16 May 2012

Teachers' Conference 2012

The third MU Teachers’ Conference is set to take place at The Menzies Hotel & Golf Club in Cambridge on 19-20 October. The conference will run over two days with valuable debate, workshops and networking for MU members who teach.

27 Apr 2012

Fair Play: a guide to co-promotions, ticket deals and live opportunities

With this practical guide, musicians can avoid unfair deals and just play the most worthwhile shows.

19 Apr 2012

Will the London 2012 Olympics benefit musicians?

The London 2012 Olympics could be a huge boost to many sectors of the UK economy. However questions are being raised about what it will mean for professional British musicians.

08 Mar 2012

Live Music Bill receives Royal Assent

The Live Music Bill has received Royal Assent today, which makes it the Live Music Act. The Act states that an exemption to the Licensing Act should take place when ‘the live music entertainment takes place in the presence of an audience of no more than 200 persons’.

10 Feb 2012

MU calls for consistent policy for instruments on planes

The Musicians’ Union is calling for the Government to follow the example that has just been set by the U.S. and introduce a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes.

10 Feb 2012

UK Music launch Equality & Diversity Charter

In an event at London’s Commonwealth Club on 8 Feb, the UK music industry launched a commitment to increase equality and diversity within the commercial music sector. The founding members of UK Music have agreed to champion the initiative.

20 Jan 2012

Justice for Colombia

Justice for Colombia, the UK trade union movement’s human rights campaign, has been working on Colombia since 2002 to protect human rights and defend trade unionists.

25 Nov 2011

MU welcomes National Plan for Music Education

The MU has welcomed the Government’s National Music Plan. MU National Organiser for Teaching, Diane Widdison, takes a balanced look at the plan.

07 Nov 2011

Congratulations to Steve Winwood, winner of the inaugural MU Classic Rock Award

Musicians’ Union members were invited to vote, for the very first time, for their MU Maestro in the 7th Classic Rock Awards. Voting took place in September and by the end of the month a clear winner had been chosen, the legendary multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist, Steve Winwood.

21 Oct 2011

Joan Armatrading wins Gold Badge Award

This year's Gold Badge, sponsored by the Musicians' Union, has been awarded to Joan Armatrading during a prestigious event at The Savoy, London.

23 Sep 2011

New MU Agreement with the BBC

The MU has implemented a new agreement with the BBC this week to cover music recorded for use in BBC audio and audio-visual content.

14 Sep 2011

Victory for term extension campaign

The proposal to extend the term of protection of copyright in sound recordings from 50 to 70 years has been accepted in Europe.

11 Aug 2011

Lost Arts website has now been launched to track cuts

The Lost Arts website (www.lost-arts.org) has now been launched. It will record all of the projects, initiatives and organisations that will be lost due to the cuts in public funding for the Arts.

10 Aug 2011

Musicians should not have to work for free at charity events

John Smith, General Secretary, appeared on Radio 4's Today programme earlier in the week regarding a motion giving musicians a choice over whether or not to donate their fee.

08 Jun 2011

Lost Arts - Event and Lobby of Parliament 15 June

The Lost Arts website will record all of the projects, initiatives and organisations that will be lost due to the cuts in public funding for the Arts.

08 Jun 2011

Jackie Clifton: MBE for her services to music and visually impaired

The Musicians' Union is delighted to acknowledge Jackie Clifton’s MBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

26 May 2011

Lost Arts - Event and Lobby of Parliament 15 June

The Lost Arts website will record all of the projects, initiatives and organisations that will be lost due to the cuts in public funding for the Arts.

26 May 2011

BPI and Musicians' Union unveil new agreement

A new BPI and MU agreement for commissioning and paying UK session musicians comes into force from Wednesday 1 June 2011. The agreement is available to download.

18 Apr 2011

MU launches a Manifesto for Opera in Scotland

The MU is launching a manifesto to create an appetite for opera throughout Scotland, to increase the number of people experiencing it, and to attract and retain creative talent.

03 Mar 2011

MU success for members who busk on the Underground

PRS for Music-registered members with Tube pitches will now find it easy to get paid for playing their own material.

08 Feb 2011

MU and NUT launch partnership

A new alliance with the National Union of Teachers aims to promote music education and oppose cuts to music services.

10 Jan 2011

Union responds to Gove letter

Union criticised by Education Secretary for advising members to avoid touching children during instrumental teaching lessons.