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Blog Posts

20 Mar 2019

Report Released Recommending that Government Must Act Now to Protect Music

A new report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee says the Government must act now to protect music. The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to see the inquiry take on board our concerns about working in the European Union (EU) post-Brexit.

19 Mar 2019

Breaking the Class Ceiling

The Performers’ Alliance All Party Parliamentary Group is looking into social mobility in the creative sector, including music.

07 Mar 2019

Musicians’ Union to Attend Trades Union Congress Women’s Conference

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be attending Trades Union Congress (TUC) Women’s Conference once again this Women’s History Month.

06 Mar 2019

Young Guns Network Talks Sponsorship and Finding Funding

Young Guns Network’s latest panel looked at sponsorship and how you can find funding for new releases, events and other music industry projects.

27 Feb 2019

Musicians’ Union (MU) Publishes new Advice Hub for Members’ on the Effects of Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has added a new section to the website, with the aim of answering queries and concerns that musicians may have during the Brexit process.

21 Feb 2019

New Research Highlights Growing Gender Gap in Pop Music

New research from the BBC is putting the spotlight on the gender gap in the pop music. Musicians’ Union (MU) National Organiser for Scotland & Northern Ireland Caroline Sewell spoke to BBC Radio Scotland about the challenges women in pop face.

11 Feb 2019

Stand Up To Zero-Hours Contracts This HeartUnions Week

This HeartUnions Week, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is calling on you to take a stand against zero-hours contracts.

04 Feb 2019

Call for Information from Musicians who Have Been Denied Settled Status

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has received a report of a musician denied settled status after spending more than twenty-five years living and working in the UK.

31 Jan 2019

LGBT+ History Month: A Guest Post from Composer Hillman Mondegreen

LGBT+ History Month explores the history, celebrates the present, and looks to the future of LGBT+ people in the UK. This February, we invited Musicians’ Union members to share their experiences. Hillman Mondegreen, composer for Ephemerals, explores.

14 Dec 2018

A Christmas Round-Up From Musicians’ Union General Secretary Horace Trubridge

A blog from the Musicians’ Union (MU) General Secretary Horace Trubridge, reflecting on the past year’s events and looking forwards to the next one.

13 Dec 2018

How Does the European Copyright Directive Affect You?

The European Copyright Directive is facing strong opposition from YouTube. But it is the best way of making sure musicians and creators are paid for the work they do.

21 Nov 2018

MPs Back Musicians’ Union Call for Access to Free Music Lessons in Schools

Children from low-income families are half as likely to learn an instrument, according recent research by the Musicians’ Union (MU).

19 Nov 2018

Disability History Month: Five Tips for Booking Disabled Artists

Attitude Is Everything, the disability-led charity improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, shares its five tips for booking disabled artists with the Musicians’ Union.

15 Nov 2018

Young Guns Network’s First Workshop of The Year

The Musicians’ Union (MU) was delighted to attend the Young Guns Network’s first workshop of the year, ‘Networking Smarter: How to Grow Your Career in the Music Industry’, in partnership with BIMM.

12 Nov 2018

Anti Bullying Week and Combatting Workplace Bullying and Harassment

Anti Bullying week runs from 12-16 November every year. This year’s theme is “choose respect”.

06 Nov 2018

Risk of Under-Representation in the Music Industry

New Musicians’ Union research shows many parts of the UK are at risk of under-representation in the music industry, as lower income families are priced out of music lessons.

05 Nov 2018

Brexit and the Future of Copyright Protection

If you work in the music industry, you need to understand copyright. Put simply, copyright enables musicians and creators to protect and make money from their work. Without it, musicians would not be able to get their music out there and make a living.

31 Oct 2018

Gigging and Touring Before the EU

Over 15,000 people have signed the Musicians’ Union (MU) petition for a touring visa for musicians working in the European Union post-Brexit.

19 Oct 2018

Reporting Back From the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences

Music lifts spirits, communities and the UK’s economy. That’s why this year, the Musicians’ Union (MU) went to both the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences to talk about a touring visa for musicians post-Brexit, music education and the other big issues affecting the MU’s 30,000 members.

18 Oct 2018

Your #MUmoment: Nicole Boyesen

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra player Nicole Boyesen shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

16 Oct 2018

Music and the #MeToo Movement Featured on Front Row

Musicians’ Union (MU) Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl discussed music and the #MeToo movement one year on with BBC Radio 4’s Front Row.

12 Oct 2018

In Praise of the Album

To celebrate the inaugural National Album Day, Musicians’ Union (MU) General Secretary Horace Trubridge writes in praise of the album as an artform.

18 Sep 2018

Let Them Know, #YesOrNo

Writer, poet, director, producer and MU member Jenifer Toksvig explores the auditioning process, the dangers of ‘pencilling in’ and the #YesOrNo campaign.

13 Sep 2018

Concerned About Your Right to Work in the EU Post-Brexit? Ask Your MP & Devolved Representatives to Back Musicians

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Government and Parliament to introduce a European Union (EU) touring visa for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit.

11 Sep 2018

Your #MUmoment: Tegwen Jones

Orchestral musician Tegwen Jones shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

08 Sep 2018

Musicians, MPs and More Take the #LoveMusic Campaign to Google's London HQ

The Musicians’ Union (MU) joined artists, MPs and industry bodies outside Google’s London HQ to support musicians and creators ahead of a crunch vote in the European Parliament on Wednesday 12 September.

07 Sep 2018

Noise Regulations and You

You may be aware that a musician recently took a personal injury claim against the Royal Opera House (ROH) in the High Court and won. The judge determined that his hearing had been damaged while employed at the ROH.

07 Sep 2018

Your #MUmoment: Daniel Trodden

Orchestral musician Daniel Trodden shares his most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

05 Sep 2018

Your #MUmoment: Aaron Carrington

Guitarist Aaron Carrington shares a moment in his life made by orchestral music as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

30 Aug 2018

Your AGM, Your MU

It’s AGM season at the Musicians’ Union (MU). But what does that really mean? We look at what they are, why they matter, and how you can use your power to make a difference on the issues you care about most.

29 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Hugh Glover

Coach driver for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Hugh Glover shares a moment in his life made by orchestral music as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

28 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Mike Gerrard

Orchestral musician Mike Gerrard shares his most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

23 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Joe Newman

Musician Joe Newman shares a moment in his life made by orchestral music as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

21 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Iona Brown

Orchestral musician Iona Brown shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

14 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Nickie Dixon

Orchestral musician Nickie Dixon shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

10 Aug 2018

Safe Space Update from Musicians’ Union Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl

Musicians’ Union (MU) Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl looks at what the MU is doing to tackle sexual harassment and abuse of power in the music industry.

09 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Iona Brown

Orchestral musician Iona Brown shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

08 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Camilla Mathias

Musician Camilla Mathias shares a moment in her life made by orchestral music as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

03 Aug 2018

Your #MUmoment: Audrey Henning

Orchestral musician Audrey Henning shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

31 Jul 2018

Your #MUmoment: Alexandra Raikhlina

Orchestral musician Alexandra Raikhlina (Royal Northern Sinfonia) shares her career highlights as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

27 Jul 2018

Your #MUmoment: Martin Bowen

Orchestral musician Martin Bowen shares his most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

24 Jul 2018

Your #MUmoment: Anita Langridge

Orchestral musician Anita Langridge shares her most poignant career moment as part of the Musician Behind the Moment campaign.

11 Jul 2018

Musicians' Union Takes Part in Mental Health Event in Parliament

The Performers' Alliance APPG, made up of the Musicians' Union, Equity and the Writers' Guild, held an event in parliament on Tuesday to discuss mental health issues and how they affect performers in the entertainment sector.

25 Jun 2018

Horace Trubridge: A Fair Share Of The Digital Pie

The Musicians’ Union (MU) aims to ensure that musicians receive a fairer share from the digital exploitation of their talent. MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge looks at the issues and how the MU is fighting for its members.

08 Jun 2018

Five Musicians and a Music Fan Called Steve

Tens of thousands of musicians and music lovers have signed our petition calling on Government and Parliament to back free movement for musicians working in the EU. So many, in fact, that we can make a case for Brexit based solely on the experiences of five different Steves.

01 Jun 2018

Why Musicians Need Unions: Changing the World of Work for Good

As part of the Trade Union Congress' 150 year anniversary campaign, the TUC150 story collection, bassist Becky Baldwin discusses her involvement with the Musicians' Union.

30 May 2018

Why Free Movement Matters

Brexit puts musicians’ ability to work in the EU – and earn an income from live performance – at risk. Take a look at some of the reasons why.

21 May 2018

Ask Your Political Representatives to Support Free Movement for Musicians Post-Brexit

Over 150 MPs, MSPs and Peers have committed to protecting musicians’ right to move freely and easily in the European Union (EU) after Brexit. But this is no time to get complacent.

17 May 2018

LGBT+ rights and Brexit: the facts

The UK’s membership of the EU has strengthened protections for LGBT+ people in this country. Now Brexit is putting those hard-won rights at risk.

15 May 2018

Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl on The Musician Behind the Moment

Musicians’ Union Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl talks about The Musician Behind the Moment, on BBC Radio Ulster’s Classical Connections with John Toal.

03 May 2018

BBC News reports on low pay for orchestral players

Musicians' Union (MU) research shows almost half of the UK’s orchestral musicians do not earn enough to live on, despite the extraordinary role that orchestras play in people’s daily lives.

02 May 2018

The Musician Behind the Moment

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is launching The Musician Behind the Moment, our new campaign to show the true value of the UK’s orchestral musicians.

12 Apr 2018

Parents Support Free Movement for Musicians

It's not just musicians who have been signing the MU petition calling on Government and Parliament to support free movement for musicians post-Brexit. Those around them are making themselves heard too.

26 Mar 2018

Brexit: 1 Year to Go

This Thursday is a year to the day since Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, beginning the Brexit process.

26 Mar 2018

The Musical Theatre Kit

In this blog, Neil Crossley examines the difficulties often met in the creation of musicals, and how the Musical Theatre Kit serves to meet a real need.

23 Mar 2018

Thangam Debbonaire MP: It is vital Brexit does not constrain the reach of musicians

Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West, discusses her successful call for Margot James MP – the Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport – to meet with Musicians’ Union representatives and discuss their concerns over Brexit.

07 Mar 2018

International Women's Day 2018: MU Members Share Their Top Festival Moments

Thursday 8 March is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, we asked Musicians’ Union (MU) members about their favourite festival moments.

02 Mar 2018

Women's History Month 2018: Time's Up

No-one should experience or fear sexual harassment, abuse, bullying or discrimination at work. Time's up. The Musicians' Union (MU) set up safespace@theMU.org for everyone in the music industry to share their experiences in confidence. We will listen.

23 Feb 2018

UK Live Music Census Shows Small Venues Are Good For Everyone

The Musicians’ Union (MU) was delighted to host the launch of the UK’s first Live Music Census report. It digs deep into the economic, social and cultural value of small venues, and the challenges facing both venues and the musicians who work in them.

20 Feb 2018

LGBT History Month: "It’s a shame that none of the glorious romantic scores we play are about a gay couple"

This LGBT History Month, we asked Musicians' Union (MU) members to tell us about their experiences working in the music industry. Glen Sheldon reflects on his life as an orchestral player #LGBTHM2018

19 Feb 2018

Hearing, Health and Safety at Work

As we await the judgment in a landmark case on hearing damage and health and safety law, Musicians’ Union (MU) Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl comments on the cause and extent of hearing problems affecting musicians.

14 Feb 2018

Making the Most of Your Fanbase - AmericanaFestUK Highlights

What do you know about your fans, and how can you use that data to develop that crucial artist/fan relationship? Highlights from AmericanaFestUK, supported by the Musicians’ Union (MU).

12 Feb 2018

LGBT History Month: "The West End is a great place to work... all kinds of musicians should get the chance to experience it"

This LGBT History Month, we asked Musicians' Union (MU) members to tell us about their experiences working in the music industry. #LGBTHM2018

08 Feb 2018

Musicians' Union Gives Evidence On Free Movement for Musicians Post-Brexit

Musicians’ Union (MU) General Secretary Horace Trubridge was in Parliament on Wednesday 7 February to talk about free movement for musicians post-Brexit; why we need it, and what it might look like.

06 Feb 2018

Wellbeing on Your Journey to 'Success' - AmericanaFestUK Highlights

How do you define success, and develop the emotional resilience necessary to sustain your music career? Highlights from AmericanaFestUK, supported by the Musicians’ Union (MU).

02 Feb 2018

The Artist & The Truth - Billy Bragg Delivers Keynote at AmericanaFestUK

Highlights from Billy Bragg's keynote address at this year’s AmericanaFestUK, run by the Americana Music Association UK and supported by the Musicians’ Union (MU)

29 Jan 2018

Fair Play Venue Q&A: The Trades Club #IVW18

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is proud to support Independent Venue Week (IVW). To celebrate, we’re highlighting independent venues, on our Fair Play Venue list, across the UK. First up, The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. #IVW18

29 Jan 2018

Fair Play Venue Q&A: Sneaky Pete's #IVW18

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is proud to support Independent Venue Week (IVW). To celebrate, we’re highlighting independent venues, on our Fair Play Venue list, across the UK. Next up, we chat to Nick from Sneaky Pete's in Edinburgh #IVW18

20 Dec 2017

Are You Going to a Pantomime or Musical this Christmas Season?

Give live music a shout-out! Let us know if you enjoyed a pantomime or musical featuring live music this Christmas season. Share your appreciation using the hashtag #KeepMusicLive.

08 Dec 2017

Effective Negotiation Webinar Highlights

Highlights from the Musicians’ Union (MU) webinar on Effective Negotiation. Find out how to negotiate effectively and creatively so you get the recognition you deserve.

01 Dec 2017

Is Brexit Affecting Your Work Already? We Want to Hear From You #WorkingInTheEU

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is fighting to protect free movement for musicians working in the European Union (EU) post-Brexit. We want to hear from you about how Brexit has affected your work plans for 2019 – touring, performing, teaching or studying in the European Union. #WorkingInTheEU

23 Nov 2017

What To Do When Asked to Work For Free

Surprise, surprise – a trade union talking about fair pay for Young Workers’ Month. But it is a truth (probably) universally acknowledged that musicians will be asked to work for nothing. So what should you do when asked to work for free? #YWM17

22 Nov 2017

Conductor James Rose On His Musical Journey

Conductor James Rose looks back on his musical journey so far, what next, and the cultural and logistical challenges to overcome this UK Disability History Month #UKDHM

16 Nov 2017

MU Assistant General Secretary on Sexism & Sexual Harassment in the Music Industry

Musicians' Union (MU) Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl reports from a meeting with the Nordic Musicians’ Unions, discussing sexism, sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation in the music industry.

02 Nov 2017

Young Workers' Month 2017 #YWM17

It’s a fact of being a musician that people will ask you to work for free all the time. This Young Workers’ Month, we’re talking about being asked to work for free and how the Musicians’ Union can support you in getting a fairer deal. #YWM17

02 Nov 2017

The Value of PR

Vicky Pitchers of VJP Media blogs for the Musicians’ Union (MU) on the value of PR, and how doing PR well can help end the cycle of being asked to work for free this Young Workers’ Month #YWM17

17 Oct 2017

Black History Month #BHM2017

Nadine Wild-Palmer shares her thoughts on Black History Month (#BHM2017) and celebrating the richly diverse culture we live in.

12 Oct 2017

Representing Women in Festival Line-Ups

Festival line-ups are often criticised for neglecting to represent female artists. Join the discussion - send us your thoughts and experiences in advance of our AIF panel event.

11 Oct 2017

Another Orchestra is Leaving the UK because of Brexit

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is leaving London because of Brexit, in part of because of the lack of clarity on freedom of movement for musicians post-Brexit.

24 Jul 2017

The Quick Guide to MU Conference

If you’re new to the Musicians’ Union (MU), Conference can seem confusing. But it’s not as complex as it might seem. Here’s our quick guide to the 37th Biennial MU Delegate Conference…

20 Jul 2017

Highlights from the TUC LGBT+ Conference

The Musicians’ Union (MU) once again took part in the Trades Union Congress (TUC) annual LGBT+ Conference at Congress House in London. Here are some of the highlights…

20 Jul 2017

The Basics: Writing a Biog for Your Band with The Unsigned Guide

The Unsigned Guide new series The Basics helps you tackle the fundamentals of promoting your music and communicating with the music industry.

06 Jul 2017

Ask Your MP to Support Free Movement for Musicians Post Brexit #WorkingInTheEU

Over 100 MPs and Peers have signed the Musicicians’ Union (MU) pledge to protect musicians’ right to travel freely and easily in the EU. That’s great – but there’s still work to do. Take action now! #WorkingInTheEU

06 Jul 2017

The MU at the Women Chainmakers’ Festival

Musicians’ Union (MU) highlights from the Women Chainmakers’ Festival, supported by the MU Midlands Region.

12 Jun 2017

Take Action for Free Movement in the EU post-Brexit #WorkingInTheEU

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is campaigning for musicians’ right to travel freely and easily in the European Union (EU). We know it is an issue virtually all members care about – touring in Europe is an important source of income. To make the case for it, we need your help. Take action! #WorkingInTheEU

06 Jun 2017

Fair Remuneration from Streaming

The Musicians’ Union (MU) continues to lobby at the European Union (EU) and UK levels for fair remuneration for performers and songwriters from streaming. Here’s why, and how it affects you.

31 May 2017

Trade unionism in action at the Royal Opera House

Members of the Royal Opera House Orchestra have voted in favour of taking a lower pay increase for 2016 - to fund an improved pension scheme for new and future colleagues.

30 May 2017

Beginner’s Guide to Brexit at The Great Escape

Musicians’ Union (MU) Assistant General Secretary Naomi Pohl represented MU members at the Beginner’s Guide to Brexit panel at The Great Escape. Here are some of the highlights…

27 Mar 2017

Support Our Dirty Dancing Campaign on World Theatre Day

MU members and live theatre fans are continuing to protest the current touring production Dirty Dancing. Support the campaign #KeepMusicLive

07 Mar 2017

It’s Our NHS – a view from the demo

MU Midlands Organiser Stephen Brown shares his experience marching for the NHS and why all MU members should care about the fight to save our national health service from further cuts.

13 Feb 2017

Heart Unions Week: “I've been a member of the MU for 10 years”

To celebrate Heart Unions Week, we asked MU members what the Union means to them. Share the love using the hashtag #HeartUnions

10 Feb 2017

Heart Unions Week: “By standing together we can realise a future we can be proud of”

To celebrate Heart Unions Week, we asked MU members what the Union means to them. Share the love using the hashtag #HeartUnions

09 Feb 2017

Heart Unions Week: “Being involved in the Musicians' Union means that my voice is heard”

To celebrate Heart Unions Week, we asked MU members what the Union means to them. Share the love using the hashtag #HeartUnions

08 Feb 2017

Heart Unions Week: “Working together can take us all forwards”

To celebrate Heart Unions Week, we asked MU members what the Union means to them. Share the love using the hashtag #HeartUnions

30 Jan 2017

MU Discusses Dirty Dancing’s ‘Dirty Dealing’ on BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire

MU Midlands Organiser Stephen Brown discussed Dirty Dancing’s ‘dirty dealing’ on The Breakfast Show with Trish Adudu, BBC Radio Coventry & Warwickshire.

27 Jan 2017

What the Fair Play Venue Scheme Means to Independent Venues

To celebrate Independent Venue Week, we asked some of our Fair Play Venues why they signed up and what the Fair Play Venue Scheme means to them.

26 Jan 2017

We need to talk about LGBT venues! What Happened Next…

In 2016, we hosted a panel examining recent closures of LGBT venues and what we could do to preserve them in the future. A year on, things are beginning to change.

23 Jan 2017

Why we’re Supporting Independent Venue Week 2017

IVW is a seven-day celebration of small music venues around the UK, and the MU is proud to be involved once again. Here’s why.

15 Dec 2016

Disability History Month: Lizzie Emeh & Heart n Soul

Lizzie Emeh shares her experience working with Heart n Soul, a creative arts charity in South London that believes in the talents and power of people with learning disabilities.

15 Dec 2016

Disability History Month: Drake Music

Drake Music discusses using creativity and technology to overcome these barriers and create new opportunities for music this Disability History Month.

13 Dec 2016

Disability History Month: The OHMI Trust

The OHMI Trust discusses removing the barriers to music-making for people with physical disabilities this Disability History Month.

08 Dec 2016

Disability History Month: Heidi McGeough

Heidi McGeough shares her experiences as a singer/songwriter and a registered blind guide dog owner, this Disability History Month.

30 Nov 2016

Get Noticed! CV / Profile Workshop Highlights

To celebrate Young Workers’ Month, the Musicians’ Union (MU) hosted ‘Get Noticed!’, a CV / profile boosting workshop led by FEU Training. Here are some of the highlights.

29 Nov 2016

Composing 101: highlights from the MU panel at Underwire Festival's Wired Women

Media composers Andrea Posse, Victoria Wijeratne, Marie-Anne Fischer, and Roma Yagnik discuss the creative challenges and rewards of their craft.

24 Nov 2016

We Need Musicians’ Loading Zones to Keep Music Live

New research shows parking restrictions are putting live music in towns and cities at risk. That’s why the Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling for Musicians’ Loading Zones to keep music live.

22 Nov 2016

Disability History Month: Therapy in Musical Expression

Essex-based music service T.I.M.E. provides opportunities for musical expression to all.

16 Nov 2016

Why I Joined the MU: Nat Witts

“It’s your chance to be directly part of a governing body and help create change for the better” – Nat.

16 Nov 2016

Why I Joined the MU: Diljeet Bhachu

“Come and join me and other young workers in the MU and let's be voices for the future and make change happen” – Diljeet.

14 Nov 2016

Freelancers are losing £5k a year to free work

This Young Workers’ Month, we look at the stats on working for no fee in the creative industries and how young musicians can protect themselves.

04 Nov 2016

Join the fight for live music in theatre!

This Young Workers’ Month (#YWM16), MU members and live music fans will be protesting outside Dirty Dancing showings across the UK. Here’s why, and why it matters to you.

02 Nov 2016

Why I Joined the MU: Rebekah Ubuntu

“Without the MU, the music industry would be a confusing dispersed abyss that someone like me who is emerging would find impenetrable and intimidating” – Rebekah.

26 Oct 2016

Why I Joined the MU: Sherika Sherard

Sherika Sherard shares why she joined the Union, and how it feels to be an MU member.

24 Oct 2016

We Need to Talk About: Diversity in Orchestras

Almost 15% of our population identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, but do our orchestras reflect this? Catch up with the highlights of our Black History Month panel.

20 Oct 2016

Why I joined the MU: Nadine Wild-Palmer

Nadine Wild-Palmer shares how she found her voice, and how the Musicians' Union has supported her and her career.

17 Oct 2016

Why I joined the MU: Abi Jenaé

Abi Jenaé shares why she joined the Musicians’ Union, and how the Union has supported her career, in celebration of Black History Month.

14 Sep 2016

“It all starts with a song!” Judy Stakee Workshop Highlights

Discover Judy Stakee’s secrets to songwriting success in our highlights from her recent “It all starts with a song!” workshop at MU HQ.

30 Jun 2016

5 Strategies for Success, with FEU Training

What strategies do successful people use to achieve what they want? FEU Training explores 5 strategies for success, and how to apply them.

23 Jun 2016

How to ‘get on’ at Festivals

Advice on applying for and getting the most out of festivals, from the MU and Association of Independent Festivals panel at Liverpool’s Sound City 2016.

06 May 2016

Bands! Artists! Learn about funding for your music… with The Unsigned Guide

The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding is a free source of information summarising the options out there for emerging bands and artists.

12 Apr 2016

Not Alone – Trade Union and Co-operative Solutions for Self-employed Workers

Pat Conaty, of Co-operatives UK, explores the role trade unions can play in support of the co-operative movement.

16 Mar 2016

Women in Music panel offer their advice for #IWD2016

We asked each member of our International Women’s Day, Women in Music panel for the one piece of advice they would offer women working in the industry.

15 Mar 2016

Stand for election to your Section!

Get involved in your Section (network) and help us better represent you.

14 Mar 2016

Women in Music #IWD2016

Highlights from our International Women’s Day panel on the challenges facing women in the music industry, and how we can overcome them.

07 Mar 2016

How to set up and build your own private teaching practice – part 2

Part 2 of our seminar highlights from Music Education Expo, focusing on marketing yourself and oft forgotten must dos.

03 Mar 2016

How to set up and build your own private teaching practice – part 1

Part 1 of our seminar highlights from Music Education Expo, focusing on making a business plan for your private teaching practice.

02 Mar 2016

Let’s talk about co-operatives!

Across the country, co-operatives are saving jobs, providing work and furthering careers. We asked a panel of experts how a co-op could help you.

05 Feb 2016

We need to talk about LGBT venues!

Highlights from our LGBT History Month panel discussion on the future of LGBT venues.

21 Jan 2016

Working for Longer

It is difficult to talk about health and wellbeing without touching on some difficult questions. We put some of those to the panel at our Orchestra Section Conference.

19 Jan 2016

Low Pay

With part time contracts, working ‘below the rate’ and making up the hours increasingly becoming the norm, how can we improve pay for orchestral players?

14 Jan 2016

Sustainable Orchestras: Securing the Future

Is there a long-term, sustainable model for financing an orchestra? Find out what the panel had to say at our first ever Orchestra Section Conference.

16 Dec 2015

Disabled Artists Survey: what did we learn?

How easy is it for disabled musicians to do their job? The Musicians’ Union and Attitude is Everything investigate.

30 Nov 2015

#YWM15: How to pitch for work - part 2

More tips on how to pitch for work effectively, taken from our Young Workers’ Month ‘Get the best deal’ workshop.

27 Nov 2015

Insight Presentations: Digital Marketing

Founder of Motive Unknown, Darren Hemmings’ 3 tips for digital marketing success.

26 Nov 2015

#YWM15: How to pitch for work - part 1

Tips on how to pitch for work effectively, taken from our Young Workers’ Month ‘Get the best deal’ workshop.

24 Nov 2015

Insight Presentations: Artist Branding

Artist branding tips from Mr. Scruff manager Gary McClarnan.

23 Nov 2015

#YWM15: Starting out as a Freelance

Tips on how to get work and build relationships with the people you want to work with.

19 Nov 2015

Insight Presentations: Playlisting Strategies

Sammy Andrews considers playlists and playlisting strategies to get your music out there.

17 Nov 2015

#YWM15: Sign the TUC Housing Charter for Young People

Call on Government to address the housing crisis facing young people this Young Workers’ Month.

10 Nov 2015

#YWM15: Recommended Rates & How We Set Them

This Young Workers' Month, one of the issues we are talking about is pay.

16 Oct 2015

Starting Out as a Session Musician

Highlights from our panel exploring the world of the session musician, from starting out to getting paid.

13 Oct 2015

5 Tips for Sync Success

We spoke to an expert panel about how to get into music publishing and make the most of sync opportunities.

06 Aug 2015

How to Capitalise on Your Success

Once you’ve got your foot in the door it’s important to capitalise on that success. We chaired a masterclass on how to do just that.

30 Jul 2015

Frances O’Grady at #MUconference: "Together we will win"

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady spoke to members at the MU Delegate Conference about the power of being in a union and the challenges facing us all.

27 Jul 2015

Never has collective strength been more important #MUconference

Jo Dipple, CEO of UK Music, spoke to members at the MU’s 36th Delegate Conference about our private copying exception win and the value of collective action.

20 Jul 2015

MU Delegate Conference: a beginner’s guide, part 2

How does MU Delegate Conference work?

20 Jul 2015

Private Copying Exception FAQ

Why the MU challenged the private copying exception and what next?

17 Jul 2015

MU Delegate Conference: a beginner’s guide, part 1

What is the MU Delegate Conference and why do we have it?

12 Jun 2015

The Future of Grassroots Music Venues

We talked to leading figures about ‘The Future of Grassroots Music Venues’ at The Great Escape 2015.

09 Jun 2015

What is FEU Training?

And why do we need it? FEU Training’s Frances swung by MU HQ to talk to young members from across the entertainment sector about how this invaluable training programme could help.

20 Mar 2015

IWD2015: Assertiveness & How to Make It Happen

To celebrate International Women’s Day, over 60 female musicians from across the UK gathered to talk about the challenges they face in an assertiveness workshop.

18 Mar 2015

Music Education Expo highlights: Co-operatives

What is a co-operative? And how could a co-op help you? The MU and Co-operatives UK spoke to delegates at the Music Education Expo about how co-operatives could help their career as a music teacher...

05 Mar 2015

Hinterland’s John Hardy In Conversation

What tempted John Hardy to work on the award-winning Hinterland? And what advice does he have for emerging composers? Highlights from John Hardy In Conversation at the Cult Cymru Fair 2015.

24 Feb 2015

LGBT History Month: Angela Morley

The MU is for all musicians. This LGBT History Month, we want to share stories of inspirational musicians. Here, we look at the life of award-winning composer and arranger Angela Morley.

05 Feb 2015

LGBT History Month: Did you know we have an Equalities Committee?

The MU is for all musicians. Everyone deserves equal opportunities. The same rights to good service, fair representation, respect and dignity at work, and access to Union support. That’s where our Equalities Committee comes in.

30 Jan 2015

Decent Jobs Week Roundtable

Journalist Ros Wynne Jones led a roundtable discussion on the Decent Jobs campaign for secure jobs, fair pay and better access to union representation.

16 Jan 2015

Highlights: Partnership Agreements

What’s the point of a Partnership Agreement? How do you get one? Highlights from Partnership Advice sessions Newcastle and Leeds.

24 Nov 2014

#YWM14: Working with a signed artist

To celebrate TUC Young Workers’ Month we’re sharing some of the big questions we get from young members, along with tips and advice. Regional Officer Alex Mann guides you through what to look out for when working with a signed artist; the risks involved and how to protect your rights.

14 Nov 2014

#YWM14: What does a fair ticketing deal look like?

To celebrate TUC Young Workers’ Month we’re sharing some of the big questions we get from young members, along with tips and advice. Live Performance Official Kelly Wood looks at how to identify a fair ticketing deal.

10 Nov 2014

#YWM14: What should you do when asked to work for free?

To celebrate TUC Young Workers’ Month we’ll be sharing some of the big questions we get from young members, along with tips and advice. This week, what should you do when asked to work for free?

03 Nov 2014

Young Workers’ Month: How can we help you as a young musician?

To celebrate TUC Young Workers’ Month we’ll be sharing some of the big questions we get from young members, along with tips and advice.