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Help in Times of Need

The support available

On this page you will find information about:

  • Grants you can access with your MU membership
  • The MU benevolent fund
  • Other sources of help in times of need

Adoption Grant

Adoption grants of £250 are available to members who are current and not in arrears of their membership fee now and at the time of the adoption. Grants are not available until the second consecutive year of membership, and must be made within six months of the date of adoption.

Apply for an Adoption Grant Online.

Maternity Grant

Maternity grants of £250 are available to members who are current and not in arrears of their membership fee now and at the time of the birth. Grants are not available until the second consecutive year of membership, and must be made within six months of the date of birth.

Apply for a Maternity Grant Online.

Parental Grant

Parental grants of £250 are available to members who are current and not in arrears of their membership fee now and at the time of the birth. Grants are not available until the second consecutive year of membership, and must be made within six months of the date of birth.

Apply for a Parental Grant Online.

MU Funeral Grant

A funeral grant of £250 is payable in respect of Union members whose death occurs during their membership. A claim form is available from your Regional Office.

Benevolent Assistance

One of the stated objectives of the Musicians’ Union is to provide benevolent assistance to members or their dependants in times of need, whether due to illness or another cause.

To apply, download and save the request form and return it, completed to your Regional office. This form is fillable so there is no need to print it out. Please provide as much detail as you feel we need to assess your situation, all information provided will be kept strictly confidential.

The Benevolent Fund is a modest and limited resource, maintained solely by volunteering donations. We are therefore only able to offer a small grant to members suffering financial hardship as a result of sickness or accident.

A sub-committee of the Regional Committee will consider your application as soon as possible after it’s received.

Other sources of assistance

Since 1921, Help Musicians UK has helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long term difficulties and enjoy retirement. As well as providing advice and guidance, it gives financial and emotional support.

It plays a vital role in supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. For many it’s a lifeline. If you need help or know someone who does, please visit helpmusicians.org.uk

The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain was founded in 1738 by George Frederick Handel and others, to support musicians and their families when in distress due to ‘age, infirmity or disease’. For more information, write to: the Royal Society of Musicians, 10 Stratford Place, London W1C 1BA, telephone 020 7629 6137, or visit royalsocietyofmusicians.co.uk

PRS for Music was founded under the name of the Performing Rights Society (PRS) in 1934. The PRS for Music Members Fund exists to help all of its members, ex-members and the dependants of  deceased members. The type of help offered includes short-term loans to cover unexpected financial crises and one-off payments in cases of hardship or illness. For full information about PRS for Music, please write to: The Secretary, PRS for Music Members Benevolent Fund, 2 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG. Alternatively, please call 020 3741 4067, email fund@prsformusic.com or visit prsformusicfund.com

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) is the industry charity of the film, cinema, commercial television and affiliated industries. Whether salaried, freelance, retired, or on a short-term contract, you (your family or dependants) are eligible for its help, providing you have worked in the industry for two years. For full information, call the CTBF Support Line on 0800 138 2522, or its main switchboard on 020 7437 6567.

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) BAPAM is a unique charity delivering specialist health support to musicians via free and confidential GP assessment clinics, and referrals to the best treatment available. Wherever you are in the UK or Ireland (North and South), there is a service for you. In addition to their central London provision, BAPAM now has clinics in Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle/Gateshead, Manchester and Portsmouth.

For an appointment, please phone 0845 602 0235 (landlines), 020 7404 8444 (mobiles) or 004420 7404 8444 (from Republic of Ireland) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. For more information, a list of complementary and mainstream practitioners, and guidance on staying fit and healthy, please visit bapam.org.uk

Related downloads

Benevolent Fund Assistance Request Form (PDF 51.89 bytes file opens in new window)