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Blog Posts

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 80 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.

19 Nov 2014

#YWM14: What is copyright and how does it affect you?

To celebrate TUC Young Workers’ Month we’re sharing some of the big questions we get from young members, along with tips and advice. Licensing Officer Madeline Hennessy looks at some copyright basics and how it can affect your career as a musician, songwriter or composer.

17 Nov 2014

International Orchestra Week: What does the MU’s Orchestral department do?

It’s International Orchestra Week! We’re celebrating by asking you to sign petitions for the Ulster Orchestra and orchestras across Europe. But what else does the Orchestral department do?

17 Nov 2014

International Orchestra Week: Save the Ulster Orchestra!

Not sure about signing the petition to Save the Ulster Orchestra? Here’s why you should care, sign and share.

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.

06 Feb 2014

FEU Training funding secured for another year (2014-2015)

The MU is delighted to announce that in partnership with its sister unions – Equity, the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and the National Union of Journalists – we have secured funding to extend the Federation of Entertainment Unions’ (FEU) training programme.