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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

FAQs About the £1 Membership Offer, For Members and Potential Members

Can I join the MU for £1?

The offer is open to anyone joining online who has never been a member of the MU before. Once you have signed up, our membership services team will need to verify your application. This can take up to 24 hours on working weekdays, and up to 72 hours on weekends and bank holidays.

Why do I have to enter my direct debit details to join for £1?

MU Membership is charged on an annual basis. This offer allows you to pay £1 for the first six-months of an annual membership. After your first six months, you will be charged by direct debit at the regular monthly cost for your remaining six months.

Does this offer apply to student or members of partner Trade Unions?

The full cost of an annual student membership is less than the cost of using the six-months for £1 offer to purchase a regular membership.

Members of certain Trade Unions can access a 50 percent partnership discount on annual membership to the MU, this is roughly equivalent to the cost of using the six-months for £1 offer to signup to a regular annual membership.

Why is the MU doing this?

We know that there are many musicians out there who are not members of the MU. Research tells us that a large number of these musicians feel that the membership is expensive and are unsure of whether the benefits are worth the cost.

We feel strongly that the extensive benefits of membership are well worth the money, so we are giving people the chance to ‘trial’ membership for a significant discount.

How much will I have to pay once my six months is up?

Once your six-months are up, you will be charged the remaining balance for six-months of a regular annual membership. This will be paid through direct debit, in six monthly or two quarterly installments. 

What benefits will I get during the six months?

You will have access to all MU benefits and services as soon as your membership has been validated. However we may not be able to offer legal help for past or ongoing issues that started before you joined.

Can I join for £1 if I am a lapsed MU member?

At this stage, unfortunately not. We are keen to allow musicians who have never been members to experience the range of benefits, in the hope that they will see the full cost of a subscription as good value in the future.

Depending upon its success the scheme may be expanded over time.

I am a current, paying MU member. How does this scheme benefit me?

The MU has had approximately 30,000 members for a very long time. Increasing costs of benefits such as legal services and insurance, and dwindling licensing income, have put significant financial pressure on the union.

We have tried to keep fee increases as low as possible over the past few years, but long term the current position is untenable. We hope that this scheme will increase membership numbers so that we do not have to substantially increase the cost of an MU subscription in future.

The savings to be made from the full range of benefits and services that a membership offers still vastly outweighs the cost of a full subscription.