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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.

How does it work?

A venue may be considered a Fair Play Venue if it endorses the principles of our Fair Play Guide. The Fair Play Guide offers advice – to both artists and promoters - on co-promotions, ticketing deals, showcases and competitions, so that musicians can identify when a deal is fair.

Fair Play Venues must also be against pay-to-play, where unscrupulous promoters expect musicians to sign up to unfair ticketing deals.

Once the venue signs up, it gets a Fair Play Venue sticker to display within the premises to show that it plays fair. That way you, and other musicians, know it should treat you fairly and with respect.

We are in the process of building a comprehensive nationwide database of such contacts which currently has 50+ venues.  So if you are planning a tour, then you can get in touch at for details of specific Fair Play Venues to approach.

How does a venue get involved?

If you have played a gig that went well, at a venue where you were treated fairly and had a positive experience, let us know about the venue and who runs it.

To nominate a venue, or find a Fair Play Venue near you, email us at

Published: 03/11/2015
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