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Benefits of MU Membership

The MU represents over 31,000 musicians. We work for you by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, as well as offering services, benefits and advice tailored to your needs at every stage of your career.


Be free from insurance worries

Avoid legal wrangles

Get the recognition you deserve

  • Career development advice
  • Free training, workshops and networking events
  • Regional officials offering a face to face service on your day to day problems
  • Specialist officials to give advice on specific areas of your work
  • Help with issues such as hearing and health and safety

Join a bigger band

  • The MU is the largest organisation representing musicians in the UK
  • We influence the music industry through our membership of organisations such as UK Music, PPL and the British Copyright Council
  • We work with other unions through the TUC and the Federation of Entertainment Unions to improve your rights
  • The MU has strong links with international governments and musicians’ organisations in order to secure improvements for musicians both here and abroad.

Be sure your voice is heard

  • Keep Music Live campaign to maintain live performance in theatres and beyond
  • Work not Play - – our stand against musicians being asked to work for free
  • Influence over policy in all Parliaments and Assemblies, for example through our parliamentary group
  • Lobbying successes such as the Live Music Act 2012, which has made it easier to put on gigs at grassroots level

Be better represented

  • The MU only represents musicians. We are your union.
  • We do not have corporate members, which avoids potential conflicts of interest.
  • In everything we do, from legal cases to lobbying and from campaigns to negotiations, you can be confident that the MU is only ever acting in the interests of you – the musician.
  • We are part of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), which represents musicians worldwide on issues such as intellectual property and travelling with your instrument.

Ready to become a member?

Just joined the MU. Amazed by all the benefits you get from joining!

Tanya Stephens, harpist