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17 Jan 2019

MU Expresses Concern as Newham Council Seeks to Cancel Music Education Scheme

Concerns have been raised by the Musicians’ Union (MU) over a consultation launched by the London Borough of Newham Council, which seeks to scrap its ‘Every Child a Musician’ programme.

16 Jan 2019

Members in Wales Encouraged to Take Part in Wales TUC Sexual Harassment Survey

While unions are in no doubt that sexual harassment in the workplace is a widespread problem, TUC Wales are seeking extra data to equip Trades Unions with the knowledge they need to stop this happening.

16 Jan 2019

Help Musicians Scotland to Tour 15 Regions

Help Musicians Scotland would like to hear from musicians, and those working in the music sector, on what additional support they could be providing.

15 Jan 2019

Musicians' Union Welcomes Result of Vote on Withdrawal Agreement

Theresa May’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement has tonight been soundly defeated in the House of Commons.

14 Jan 2019

Join the MU on the Save Gwdihw March

Musicians’ Union (MU) members are encouraged to join a march on Saturday, 19 January, to protect Cardiff grassroots music venue Gwdihw.

11 Jan 2019

MU Welcomes Minister’s Call for Increased Investment in Music Education

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the statement by Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, published today in The Times.

10 Jan 2019

Call for Midlands Musicians Interested in Playing at Trades Union Events

Musicians in the Midlands interested in playing at Trades Union events should contact their regional office. All events to be paid at recommended MU live rates.

09 Jan 2019

Free Folk Workshop for 12-18 Year Olds in Somerset

An exciting opportunity has opened up for talented young musicians to learn from National Youth Folk Ensemble leaders and inspirational folk performers Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron, at this free workshop.

21 Dec 2018

UK Music Publishes Myth-Buster on Article 13 Copyright Changes

UK Music has published an extensive myth-buster, answering common questions about Article 13 – a part of the proposed new Copyright Directive which is being considered by the European institutions.

21 Dec 2018

Bursaries for London CME Programme

The MU is offering up to five members a one-third fees bursary for a new Certificate for Music Educators (CME) programme being run by Morley College in London.

21 Dec 2018

New ITV Session Rates

New rates for ITV recording sessions will come into force from 1st January 2019, as follows.

18 Dec 2018

Inquiry Launched into Social Mobility in the Creative Sector

The Performers’ Alliance APPG inquiry, ‘Breaking the Class Ceiling in the Arts’ looks at social mobility in the creative sector.

17 Dec 2018

New List of Discounts in London for Musicians’ Union Members Released

A refreshed list of discounts for Musicians’ Union (MU) members in London has been released. Read the details below, or download the PDF for later.

14 Dec 2018

The Musicians’ Union Responds to Further Budget Cuts in Birmingham

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed concerns following a further round of cuts to Birmingham culture.

14 Dec 2018

Attitude is Everything Launches Next Stage Artist Survey

Attitude is Everything is asking musicians who identify as deaf or disabled persons – or don’t identify but have a health condition or impairment that impacts their daily life – to share their experiences.

13 Dec 2018

Much-loved Cardiff Music Venue Gwdihŵ is to Close in January

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on members to protect vital Cardiff music venue Gwdihŵ Café Bar by signing an urgent petition.

11 Dec 2018

The Musician Journal: Winter Highlights

The Winter 2018 version of the MU’s journal, The Musician, has just been released. As well as print copies distributed to members, it’s available to read as an online magazine – and in large print and audio format too.

10 Dec 2018

Update: Brexit, Where We Are Now

Since our last blog, the Government has been defeated in several key votes and the crucial vote on the Brexit Deal scheduled for Tuesday 11 December has been postponed.

06 Dec 2018

Musicians’ Union Launches Manifesto Video, Calling for Support from Music Lovers

The video, titled ‘I am music’, celebrates the power of music to lift spirits, communities and the economy, whilst encouraging music lovers to sign-up as supporters.

06 Dec 2018

Brexit: Where We Are Now

It’s been a busy few weeks for Brexit watchers. Earlier this month, the Prime Minister and the European Union released the proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

03 Dec 2018

Members Urged to Sign Petition for National Plan for Music Education in Wales

A petition to the National Assembly for Wales, highlighting some of the current issues in music education across Wales and calling for action, is gathering signatures.

03 Dec 2018

Free Legal Advice Helpline for Members Launched with Morrish Solicitors

If you are looking for assistance in connection with any non-work related legal matters, you can now contact the Musicians’ Union’s (MU) new members’ helpline, where we are offering free legal advice for up to half an hour via Morrish Solicitors.

30 Nov 2018

Britain’s Creative Industries Break the £100 Billion Barrier

New statistics from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport show that the UK’s roaring creative industries have made a record contribution to the economy in 2017 – smashing through the £100 billion mark.

27 Nov 2018

New BPI session rates

New rates for BPI recording sessions will come into force from 1st January 2019.

16 Nov 2018

Report from the joint FIM/AFM International Conference on The Economy of Streaming Media

Musicians’ Union Executive Committee member Rick Finlay has published a report covering the discussion that took place at the conference. It is now available to download, along with the full text of the FIM/AFM’s Burbank Declaration.

15 Nov 2018

Musicians' Union Reacts to Brexit Deal

The ability to travel and work freely and easily in Europe is of paramount importance to our members, and we will continue to fight either for freedom of movement or, at the very least, a simple, cheap and admin-light EU touring visa for musicians and performers.

15 Nov 2018

Thinking Out Loud Survey: Have you made a music-related decision recently?

Have You Made A Music Related Decision Recently? Researchers at the University of Liverpool are interested to know: What that decision was? And how you made it? These two questions are the foundation of a new survey entitled Thinking Out Loud.

14 Nov 2018

Half Price Member Tickets to Artist:Entrepreneur Day in Belfast

The Artist:Entrepreneur Day from the Featured Artists Coalition and CMU:DIY will be staged in Belfast on Sunday 18, in partnership with Help Musicians NI.

07 Nov 2018

Support Call to “Let Every Child Learn Music” on Facebook

The Musicians’ Union has released a “Let every child learn music” Facebook Frame to highlight access to music lessons in schools.

06 Nov 2018

Access to Music Lessons Dying out for Poorer Families

New data released today (6 November 2018) 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.

01 Nov 2018

New Industry Figures Reveal Surge in Exports, Recording Music and Jobs in Record £4.5 Billion Boost to UK Economy

UK Music’s 2018 Measuring Music report has revealed rises in UK music industry exports, recorded music and publishing revenues and music industry jobs.

29 Oct 2018

BBC Introducing Live Festival Includes Musicians’ Union Takeover Panel

BBC Introducing Live at Tobacco Docks is a new three-day music festival, hosting over 100 masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions – and featuring over 250 speakers from across the music industry, including representatives from the MU.

29 Oct 2018

Musicians' Union at Sound of Belfast

Annual conference ‘Sound of Belfast’ will see a huge variety of events hosted at venues across Belfast. The MU will be in attendance, hosting a networking event and a panel discussion on gigging and promoting your live act.

26 Oct 2018

Backing Selfie Leave Bill for Shared Parental Pay

The Musicians’ Union (MU) joined artists, industry bodies and MP’s outside Parliament to support the Second Reading of Tracy Brabin MP’s Selfie Leave Bill.

22 Oct 2018

Musicians’ Union National Organiser Orchestras to Retire

After 29 years Musicians’ Union (MU) National Organiser Orchestras Bill Kerr will be retiring from the MU on 8 February 2019.

18 Oct 2018

Dance Music Industry Backs Music Recognition Technology Being Extended to Nightclubs

PRS for Music and PPL are expanding their distribution policies to include data generated from music recognition technology, in turn improving the accuracy of royalty distributions. This means that any more dance music creators will receive royalties from performances of their music played by DJs in nightclubs.

17 Oct 2018

In-Depth Study on Global Music Listening Habits Released

IFPI released its ‘Music Consumer Insight Report 2018’ earlier this month. The report examines the ways in which music consumers aged 16-64 engage with recorded music across 20 of the world’s largest music markets.

09 Oct 2018

Midlands Region Annual Report Released Following AGM

The Regional Organiser’s report from the recent Midlands Region AGM held in Birmingham on 11 September 2018 is now available.

04 Oct 2018

Young Guns Network Launches Year-Long Event Programme for Young Music Industry Professionals

Young Guns Network (YGN), a networking group for young professionals in the music industry, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with the launch of a year-long programme of seminars and events in London.

28 Sep 2018

MU Welcomes Labour Party Stance on Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the Brexit motion that was passed at Labour Party Conference last week.

17 Sep 2018

UK Council of Music Makers launched

The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) – comprising of the Musicians Union (MU), British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), Music Managers Forum and the Music Producers Guild – launched on 13 September.

17 Sep 2018

Discount for MU members at Association of Independent Festivals Congress

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will be holding its fifth congress event on 6-7 November in Sheffield, giving artists the opportunity to hear about developments and challenges within the festival sector as it prepares for the 2019 season.

13 Sep 2018

Musicians’ Union Calling for Touring Visa for Musicians Post-Brexit

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.

12 Sep 2018

Members Encouraged to Sign Up to the People’s Vote Campaign

The Executive Committee of the Musicians’ Union (MU) has voted to back this campaign at its September meeting.

07 Sep 2018

Upcoming Increase in Premium Processing Fees for US Visas

‘Fast-track’ or premium processing fees for US visa applications will be increasing from $1225 to $1410.

28 Aug 2018

Launch of #LoveMusic Campaign Ahead of Key Copyright Directive Vote on 12 September

September 12 will see a crucial vote on the EU Copyright Directive, which aims to update current legislation and address the balance between billion-pound content platforms, and the meagre profit passed on to the content creators.

15 Aug 2018

Musicians’ Union Responds To Geronimo Festival Liquidation Proceedings

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed its concerns about liquidation proceedings being commenced for 'Geronimo Festival UK Ltd’ which owes MU members several thousand pounds.

09 Aug 2018

Free Soma Skool Production Course Places for MU Members Now Available

Shoogle Studios and the Musicians’ Union have teamed up once again to bring MU members the unmissable opportunity to attend a Soma Skool music production course.

07 Aug 2018

Discounted tickets at St George’s Bristol

St George’s is a vibrant Bristol concert venue that hosts classical, jazz, folk and world concerts, plus spoken word and family events.

07 Aug 2018

#MUmoment Featured Baluji Shrivastav Produces Series of Performances Considering Sight and Sightlessness

Blind sitar master Baluji Shrivastav OBE – who you may have seen featured in our Musician Behind the Moment campaign – has produced a music, dance and visual performance which considers sight and sightlessness.

03 Aug 2018

Islington Venue ‘The Garage’ Launches Campaign to Safeguard Its Future Ahead of 25th Anniversary

North London music venue The Garage has launched a campaign to safeguard its future, in the face of an increasingly tough environment that has seen more than 40 percent of grassroots venues close in the capital over the last decade.

30 Jul 2018

Members Encouraged to Take Part in UK Music’s Diversity Survey

UK Music recently launched its annual survey into diversity in the music industry – working to ensure that the music workforce reflects the diversity of its fans.

26 Jul 2018

House of Lords Sub-Committee Calls for Clarity on Free Movement Post-Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that the House of Lords’ European Union Home Affairs Sub-Committee is calling for clarity on free movement post-Brexit in the cultural sector.

25 Jul 2018

Agent of Change Victory as Property Developers in England Must Allow for Existing Music Venues to Operate and Co-Exist

Yesterday, 24 July, the Agent of Change Principle was introduced into the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England – a victory for grassroots venues, musicians and audiences.

20 Jul 2018

Businesses in South West England and Wales Offering Musicians’ Union Member Discounts

A number of business in South West England and Wales are now offering discounts to Musicians’ Union (MU) members, both in person and online.

19 Jul 2018

Music Students Experience Bullying and Discrimination in Higher Education Finds the Musicians’ Union, Equity and the ISM

Joint research by the Musicians’ Union (MU), Equity and the ISM reveal one in two music, dance and drama students are at risk from bullying and discrimination, including sexual harassment.

13 Jul 2018

Edinburgh Fringe Discounts for Musicians' Union Members

MU members have been offered discounted tickets for the following shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

12 Jul 2018

ISM and Musicians' Union Launch Music Sector's Code of Practice

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the Musicians’ Union (MU), which jointly represent the interests of the UK’s professional musicians, have launched a set of principles to ‘tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector.’

05 Jul 2018

Musicians’ Union Releases Practical GDPR Examples for Members

The Musicians’ Union (MU) have put together some practical examples of how the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) may impact on members.

05 Jul 2018

Musicians’ Union expresses disappointment at MEPs' decision to reject the Copyright Directive

The fight goes on to ensure fair payments for use of musicians’ and creators’ work online.

03 Jul 2018

Musicians' Union Calls for Support to Strengthen Music Education Provision in Wales

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and other organisations in Wales to support and strengthen music education provision.

03 Jul 2018

European Copyright Directive Approaches Crucial Vote

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has been lobbying for several years to achieve fair compensation for performers, including session musicians, from streaming services and user-upload sites such as YouTube.

02 Jul 2018

The MU Calls on Council to Save Legendary Bucks Music Venue

The Stables, the iconic live music venue established in 1970 by Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth in Wavendon, is under threat due to plans for a new housing development nearby.

29 Jun 2018

Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) Opens First of a Kind Survey into Balancing Work with Caring Roles

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is supporting Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) with their wide-scale, first of a kind survey, and is calling on members to take part.

28 Jun 2018

Melissa James: Women Rising Together for ‘Sounds Like London‘

A guest post from Melissa James on her event ‘And Still We Rise’ – which was organised in collaboration with the MU – and the women who raised their voices alongside her.

22 Jun 2018

The MU Encourages Scottish Members to Have Their Say About Youth Music Activity

Help build a picture of youth music activity in Scotland, and shape the future of music in Scotland, with this 5 - 15 minute survey.

20 Jun 2018

Musicians' Union Calls For Music Education Overhaul as DCMS Select Committee Opens Inquiry

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Government for an overhaul of music education provision. The MU made the call in written evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport.

20 Jun 2018

Musicians’ Union Research into the State of Music Education in the UK

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has commissioned an extensive piece of research into the state of music education in the United Kingdom today. Please help but completing the survey most relevant to yourself.

19 Jun 2018


This post continues from the Tributes article published in The Musician Summer 2018. It features full tributes for musicians Morfen Edwards, Colin Larn, Tommy Ford, Pete Warner, Skip Humphries, Ian Cameron and John Welch.

14 Jun 2018

Minister Meets With Musicians’ Union to Discuss Touring and Working in Europe post Brexit

Margot James MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries met with the Musicians’ Union (MU) to discuss issues around musicians travelling and working abroad post-Brexit.

14 Jun 2018

MU to Spotlight Harassment and Abuse in Music Industry at TUC LGBT+ Conference 2018

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be taking a delegation of Union members to the annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) LGBT+ Conference.

13 Jun 2018

24-Hour Helpline for Theatre Professionals Launched

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have launched Theatre Helpline, a free phone and email service to support theatre professionals with any issue affecting their health and wellbeing.

13 Jun 2018

Pop-Up Orchestra Draws Attention to Campaign for Free Music Tuition in Scottish Schools

The campaign for free music tuition in Scottish state schools continues to gain momentum, as campaigners stage a pop-up orchestra in Glasgow’s George Square.

12 Jun 2018

BAPAM Launch Vocal Health Advice Workshops for Professionals on Voice Clinic Waiting Lists

BAPAM have launched a series Vocal Health Advice Workshops, to support professional and student voice users who are waiting for a clinical assessment at a Voice Clinic.

07 Jun 2018

Drake Music Releases Guide to Support Diversification of Music Industry

The ‘We All Make Music’ guide aims support the diversification of the music education workforce. After Drake Music's research revealed that disabled people are very under-represented in music

06 Jun 2018

MU Delighted by BBC Development in East London

The Musicians’ Union has expressed its delight at the exciting news that the BBC has announced plans for new music studios in Stratford.

05 Jun 2018

Changes to PRS's Tariff LP are approved by the Copyright Tribunal

The Copyright Tribunal has approved a revision to PRS’s Tariff LP following three years of discussions between PRS and representatives of the live sector.

05 Jun 2018

Members Urged to Sign Petition for Scottish Children’s Music Services

A petition to the Scottish Parliament is gathering signatures, calling for free lessons to be available to all Scottish state school students who wish to learn a musical instrument.

31 May 2018

MU Supports UK Music’s Condemnation of Google Over Rip-Off Ticket Sales

UK Music's chief executive Michael Dugher has attacked Google for failing to act over rip-off ticket sales by Viagogo. The MU supports this move, and calls on Google to fight against parasitic secondary ticket sales.

25 May 2018

Musicians’ Union (MU) Calls for the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to Support the Let Me ON Stage Campaign

MU members are calling on Conference to make the performing arts more inclusive, both on and off stage, and to encourage other trade unions to follow suit by supporting the Let Me ON Stage campaign led by Drake Music Scotland.

23 May 2018

Musicians’ Union supports ‘Equality Writes’ campaign

The Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is calling for immediate action to address inequalities in the screen industries, a move supported by the Musicians' Union (MU) for its knock on effects.

10 May 2018

TUC March and Rally on Saturday 12 May

On Saturday 12 May, thousands of people will march through London to demand a new deal for working people. The Musicians’ Union (MU) will be taking part, and would like to invite MU members to join them from 11:00 am.

04 May 2018

Concerned About the Upcoming Data Protection Changes?

Advice for Musicians’ Union (MU) members who are concerned about GDPR and how it will affect them.

02 May 2018

Britain Risks “Cultural Void” as Funding Cuts Threaten the Future of Orchestras

New research by the Musicians’ Union (MU) has found that 44% of the UK’s orchestral musicians say they don’t earn enough to live on, putting the future of the nation’s orchestras at risk.

25 Apr 2018

Measuring Music 2018 Survey Launched

UK Music has launched its 2018 Measuring Music survey. Your input can help assess the current health of the UK’s music industry, and lobby for it’s future.

25 Apr 2018

Government Call for Evidence: VAT Threshold

The government is considering a change to the current VAT registration threshold, which may affect small buisnesses, including freelance musicians. They are calling for the public to contribute their opinions and experiences.

23 Apr 2018

MU Highlights Black Music Programming at TUC Black Workers’ Conference

The Musicians’ Union (MU) was delighted to attend the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers’ Conference

18 Apr 2018

Ivory Ban Will Grant Exemptions for Musical Instruments

Following lobbying from the music industry, including the Musicians' Union (MU), The UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) ivory ban will give some exemptions for musical instruments.

17 Apr 2018

Musicians’ Union Representative and Violinist Wins 2018 Salomon Prize

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra violinist, and Musicians’ Union representative David Rimbault received the prestigious Salomon Prize in recognition of his tireless commitment to the orchestra and its audiences.

17 Apr 2018

New Guide for Musicians and Ensembles Travelling with Musical Instruments

The publication will provide guidance on the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and how it affects musicians travelling with instruments.

11 Apr 2018

May Day Marches throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Musicians’ Union encourages Scottish and Northern Irish members to join the May Day marches which will be taking place in Dundee, Belfast, Edinburgh, Irvine and Glasgow.

09 Apr 2018

New Survey Aims to Understand Issues Faced by Students in the Performing Arts

Joint initiative launched between the Musicians' Union, Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and Equity to make study in higher education a safe and positive experience for everyone.

26 Mar 2018

TUC Young Workers’ Conference Passes Motion on Sexual Harassment, Makes It Priority Campaign

MU member Amy Fitz Doyley moved the MU’s motion on sexual harassment, abuse, discrimination and exploitation with a powerful speech on the issue.

23 Mar 2018

Minister for Digital & Creative Industries Agrees to Meet Musicians' Union to Discuss Free Movement

On Thursday 22 March, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James MP agreed to meet the Musicians' Union (MU) to discuss musicians' right to travel freely and easily in the European Union post-Brexit.

23 Mar 2018

Conservative MP Agrees to Raise Question in Parliament in Support of Musicians Working In The EU post-Brexit

In response to a tweet from the Musicians' Union (MU) highlighting the MU's pledge and petition, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries agreed to raise the issue of musicians' ability to travel freely and easily post-Brexit in Parliament.

13 Mar 2018

Musical Theatre Kit Launched Today

The Musicians' Union (MU) is pleased to announce the launch of The Musical Theatre Kit – a joint publication with the Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB). The Kit will provide a vital map to the creation, development and production of musicals.

07 Mar 2018

Plans Unveiled to Boost Music in the Liverpool City Region

UK Music – of which the Musicians’ Union (MU) is a member – and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, today unveiled plans to introduce a Music Board for the Liverpool City Region.

07 Mar 2018

MU Highlights Sexual Harassment and Gender Equality at TUC Women’s Conference

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be attending TUC Women’s Conference once again. The MU is taking two motions to TUC Women’s Conference focusing on festival line-ups, and sexual harassment in the music industry.

01 Mar 2018

50% Members' Discount on Guide to Funding Music Projects

MU members can claim a 50% discount on Remi Harris MBE's, "Easy Money: The Definitive UK Guide to Funding Music Projects".

26 Feb 2018

Help keep the Stratford ArtsHouse open

It was announced on Thursday that the Stratford ArtsHouse – home to the Orchestra of the Swan – is due to close on 5 May. Act now to help secure the future of this essential community space.

21 Feb 2018

The Musicians' Union (MU) at the Music Education Expo

Meet members of the Musicians' Union (MU) Education team at the Music & Drama Education Expo. Find us on stand G1.

16 Feb 2018

UK’s First Live Music Census Reveals Ongoing Threats to Small Venues

Small venues continue to face threats that could affect their long-term future, warns UK’s first Live Music Census.

16 Feb 2018

MU Celebrates Campaign Victory as Agent of Change to be Made Law in Scotland

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is celebrating the incorporation of the Agent of Change principle into Scottish Planning Policy.

31 Jan 2018

BBC survey points to bleak future for arts provision in schools in England

The Musicians’ Union endorses the findings of new BBC research, which reveals the devastating impact of cuts to arts subjects.

26 Jan 2018

MU Update on British Airways Instrument Policy - January 2018

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has been having fruitful discussions with British Airways, who are actively seeking workable solutions for guitars and larger instruments.

23 Jan 2018

Musicians’ Union Opposes Change to YouTube’s Partner Programme

The Musicians’ Union (MU) opposes recent changes to the terms of YouTube’s Partner Programme. The changes will affect who can monetise content on the platform, and may affect MU members looking to grow their channels.

18 Jan 2018

Musicians’ Union Welcomes Agent of Change Victory

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes Government’s announcement to back vital plans to save music venues by adopting agent of Change into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

10 Jan 2018

Music legends and industry in fight to save venues

UK Music has brought together leading figures from the music industry to launch a parliamentary battle entitled ‘Agent of Change’ to save music venues from closure.

20 Dec 2017

Cardiff named as the UK's first 'music city'

Music has been placed at the heart of Cardiff’s future with the Welsh capital being officially declared a Music City - the first of its kind in the UK.

17 Dec 2017

Please get in touch if you've experienced harassment

We are investigating the scale of sexism, sexual harassment and abuse in the music industry, and seeking to identify where the issues and perpetrators are so that we can be a catalyst for change.

11 Dec 2017

Big Sing initiative

In October, singer/songwriter Melissa James organisd an event in the Houses of Parliament to highlight the mental health ‘Big Sing’ initiative, SING4SANE.

06 Dec 2017

Agent of Change Principle on the Agenda in the Scottish Parliament

A ministerial statement on Planning was made at Holyrood on the Tuesday 5 December by Lewis MacDonald MSP in regards to the implementation of the Agent of Change principle in Scotland.

06 Dec 2017

Cuts to Fife Instrumental Music Service

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is working with the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) following proposed cuts to the music service in Fife.

05 Dec 2017

Did you sign a recording contract in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s or 1990s?

The MU is collating case studies of members who have recording agreements that date back to before the emergence of downloads and streaming as the predominant way in which consumers listen to recorded music.

05 Dec 2017

Help Musicians UK launches 24/7 mental health support line and service for the music industry

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) today launched its landmark new 24/7 mental health service ‘Music Minds Matter’ for anyone working in the music industry.

04 Dec 2017

Ask Government to Protect Instruments Made With Ivory

Members’ responses needed to support an exemption for musical instruments.

24 Nov 2017

Cross-Party Support Grows for Agent of Change Law to Protect Music Venues

Support at Westminster is mounting for a new law to protect music venues – something the Musicians’ Union (MU) has been lobbying for individually and as part of music industry umbrella group UK Music.

21 Nov 2017

Celebrating 90 years with BBC National Orchestra of Wales

In the spring of 2018 BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th birthday, and to mark this milestone the orchestra is inviting people to share their stories and experiences.

20 Nov 2017

Reading Studios offer for MU members

Pirate Studios have just opened new rehearsal & DJ rooms in Reading and are offering members a number of free sessions until 14 December.

20 Nov 2017

Success for Denbighshire Music Co-operative at the Social Business Wales Awards

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that Denbighshire Music Co-operative (DMC) has won the ‘One to Watch’ category in the 2017 Social Business Wales Awards. This award recognises DMC’s success in the last two years and its ‘significant promise for the future’, and they will now go on to represent Wales in the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017.

20 Nov 2017

Musicians' Union expresses concern at proposed Wrexham Music Service budget cuts

The Musicians’ Union is concerned by Wrexham County Borough Council’s recently published budget proposals for 2018-20, which include a complete cut to the Wrexham Music Service budget. Withdrawing funding completely without considering how best to create a music service that is sustainable in the long term is a major threat to music provision for young people in Wrexham as well as teachers’ jobs.

16 Nov 2017

Joint Statement by the Nordic Musicians' Unions and British Musicians' Union

In Stockholm this week, a meeting of the Nordic Musicians’ Unions (NMU) and British Musicians’ Union (MU) discussed the issue of gender inequality, sexism and sexual harassment. This is what they agreed.

10 Nov 2017

Met Police Scraps Form 696

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that concerns raised by the MU, British Underground, UK Music and other industry bodies as well as countless musicians to the Metropolitan Police have been listened to and form 696 has been scrapped.

09 Nov 2017

Making it Happen! Songwriting Conference 2017, discount offer for MU members

A weekend of exclusive masterclasses, interviews and keynote speeches for songwriters and artists organised by The Songwriting Academy.

09 Nov 2017

Bristol Live Music Venue Thekla Under Threat From Nearby Development

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is disheartened to hear of yet another small venue under threat from adjacent development – this time Bristol’s Thekla. #SaveThekla #KeepMusicLive

02 Nov 2017

MU Open Meetings on Sexual Harassment in the Music Industry

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is hosting two initial drop-in events to allow musicians to talk about their experiences of sexual harassment in the music industry, and consider ways the MU could offer further support and be a catalyst for change.

23 Oct 2017

Scottish Musicians Back MU Free Movement Campaign

The Proclaimers’ Craig and Charlie Reid, Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross, Idlewild’s Rod Jones, Hue and Cry’s Pat Kane and singer-songwriter Rab Noakes have signed the Musicians’ Union petition calling for free movement for musicians working in the European Union post-Brexit.

19 Oct 2017

The MU is Here to Support You If You Face Inappropriate Behaviour at Work​

We are here to offer support and guidance if you face sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse at work. If you are an employed or self-employed musician, regardless of which part of the industry you work in, you can talk to us. We will listen.

18 Oct 2017

BML Open Taster Sessions

BOOK Music & Lyrics (BML), the UK’s only ongoing professional development programme for emerging musical theatre librettists, composers and lyricists, will be holding free taster sessions for potential new participants for later this month.

17 Oct 2017

London Drum Show discount offer for MU members

This year's event for all drummers and percussionists takes place at London's Olympia on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2017.

17 Oct 2017

Welcome News for AIR Studios

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, may be another step closer to winning its battle to prevent a neighbouring basement excavation.

17 Oct 2017

Musical Instrument Exemption Included in Government Consultation on Ivory Ban

You may have seen in the media recently, that the Government has issued a 12 week consultation on a proposed total ban on the export/import and sale of ivory. The Musicians’ Union (MU) has been working closely with industry partners and the International Federation for Animal Welfare to ensure a musical instrument exemption is in place.

17 Oct 2017

Victory for Womanby Street Campaigners

Plans to build flats on Cardiff’s Womanby Street, that would have put local venues including Clwb Ifor Back under threat, have been withdrawn.

17 Oct 2017

MU Welcomes New UK Recording for UK Tour of War Horse

The recorded music used in the current UK tour of War Horse will be re-recorded using UK musicians.

16 Oct 2017

Report from the MU Midlands Region AGM

The Regional Organiser’s report from the recent Midlands Region AGM held in Birmingham on 12 September 2017 is now available.

16 Oct 2017

MU launches About Flutes website

About Flutes is a new website for flautists, flute students and flute teachers which the MU is launching in November.

13 Oct 2017

MU Report Highlights Challenges Faced by Music Teachers

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has released its fourth annual report into the state of music education in England, and looks at how to improve the situation for teachers and students alike.

12 Oct 2017

Musicians' Union expresses dismay at European Union Youth Orchestra’s decision to leave London

The European Union Youth Orchestra is the second orchestra to announce it’s leaving the UK since the Brexit referendum last year, in part due to concerns over restricted freedom of movement for working musicians.

08 Oct 2017

Cultural Strategy for Scotland

The Scottish Government is in the initial stages of launching a consultation into a Cultural Strategy for Scotland. Have your say at one of their public events.

22 Sep 2017

Sign the Petition for Free Movement for Musicians post-Brexit #WorkingInTheEU

Sign the #WorkingInTheEU petition to call on Government and Parliament to back free movement for musicians post-Brexit. It only takes a couple of minutes, and can make a really big difference to our campaign.

30 Aug 2017

Sign the Petition to Reverse Ban on Musicians at St. Sepulchre's

The Musicians' Union (MU) added its voice to calls to reverse the recently imposed ban on musicians at St Sepulchre's, known as the National Musicians' Church. Please sign the petition and support music at this historic venue.

08 Aug 2017

Planning Hearing to Determine AIR Studios’ Future – Show Your Support

AIR Studios has been fighting a planning application for major alteration works that would cause such disruption that the studio would most likely close. Show your support at the upcoming planning hearing.

07 Aug 2017

Calling all South West-based disabled musicians

Drake Music is running a 3-year ‘on the job’ training programme for emerging disabled musicians. Apply now!

20 Jul 2017

MU Fair Play Venue scheme signs up 100th grassroots venue

Sixty Million Postcards, a grassroots music venue based in Bournemouth, has become the 100th venue to join the MU’s Fair Play Venue scheme.

18 Jul 2017

MU member discount for Fair Pley Events in Edinburgh

MU members can get a discount for a number of Fair Pley shows in Edinburgh during August

15 Jul 2017

Carrabinos Score Vital Court Victory For Musicians

A London couple have won their long-running legal battle with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council over a noise abatement notice that severely restricted the amount of time their children could practise the piano in their own home.

07 Jul 2017

Addressing the Streaming ‘Value Gap’ in 2017

The Musicians’ Union (MU) continues to lobby at European Union (EU) and UK levels for fair remuneration for performers and songwriters from streaming.

06 Jul 2017

Potential new BBC Scotland Channel

The BBC is proposing significant changes and major investments across the UK and wants to do more to recognise the importance of spending more of the licence fee, raised in Scotland, on Scottish content and services.

06 Jul 2017

Scottish Jazz Awards + Scottish Album of the Year Award

The MU were proud to sponsor the Rising Star Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards, which took place on Sunday 29th June and closed the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and is now the city’s longest running music event.

06 Jul 2017

Not Getting Paid Properly For Your Gigs?

Musicians’ Union (MU) Midlands officials recovered over £6,300 in outstanding unpaid gig monies and cancellation fees on behalf of nine members in the second quarter of 2017.

06 Jul 2017

Upcoming Workshops & Events in the Midlands

Save the dates – a look at the festivals, workshops and events coming up in the Musicians’ Union (MU) Midlands Region.

06 Jul 2017

Midlands TUC Cultural Manifesto

Musicians’ Union (MU) Midlands is exploring how to use the Midlands Cultural Manifesto as a campaigning tool to encourage the West Midlands Combined Authority and local councils to support music.

06 Jul 2017

MU Motion to TUC LGBT+ Conference 2017

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be taking part in the Trades Union Congress (TUC) LGBT+ Conference once again. This year, the MU’s motion is about mental health. #TUCLGBT

05 Jul 2017

MU publishes terrorism advice for gigging musicians

A brief guidance sheet for musicians who gig and tour regarding what to do in the case of a terrorist incident at a gig or performance.

08 Jun 2017

Upcoming MU Events in the North

The Musicians’ Union (MU) North of England Region will be hosting a range of events over the next two months, free for MU members. Take a look, and get involved.

02 Jun 2017

MPs & Peers: Please Support Musicians Working in the EU

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on MPs to support musicians working in the EU – share the pledge! #WorkingInTheEU

02 Jun 2017

Your MU – events in the North of England

‘Your MU’ events are a new and unique opportunity to meet your Musicians’ Union (MU) North of England officials, network with other members, learn more about the Union and its activities, and get involved in an informal setting.

02 Jun 2017

MU included in The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is now included in the latest edition of The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education.

31 May 2017

General Election 2017

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is pleased by many of the policies in the Labour manifesto, and that the Labour Party has acknowledged major concerns that musicians have around Brexit.

30 May 2017

BBC Store Closed

BBC Store ceased trading on 25 May 2017, due to lack of customer demand for the service. If you have any concerns about how this might affect you, please contact the Musicians’ Union.

30 May 2017

Edinburgh’s Studio 24 Closes its Doors

Studio 24 has closed its doors after 25 years, with the development of residential flats next to the venue. The Musicians’ Union continues to call and campaign for Agent of Change in Scotland.

30 May 2017

MU Member Discount for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in June

Musicians’ Union (MU) members can book £5 tickets for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concerts at Glasgow Trombone Weekend in June.

30 May 2017

Memorial Service for Tom Edwards

The memorial service for former bassist and MU Executive Committee member Tom Edwards will be taking place on the afternoon of Friday 2 June at Thornhill Crematorium, Cardiff.

23 May 2017

Save Womanby Street Campaign Victory

Save Womanby Street campaigners in Wales have won a significant victory in their battle to protect live music venues, as the Welsh government is set to revise its planning policy in line with the Agent of Change principle.

19 May 2017

MU Success at TUC Disabled Workers’ Conference

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to have attended the TUC’s Disabled Workers’ Conference, with delegates John and Heidi representing MU members

19 May 2017

Air Canada Wins International Federation of Musicians Award

Air Canada wins the newly-created FIM Airline of Choice Award for their exemplary policies on musicians travelling with instruments.

17 May 2017

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

This year, we’re proud to be doing more than ever to support, engage and celebrate our LGBT+ members.

05 May 2017

The Musicians’ Union Attends Save Womanby Street March to City Hall

Over 1000 people, including a delegation from the Musicians’ Union, attended the highly successful Save Womanby Street march to Cardiff City Hall on Saturday 29 April.

28 Apr 2017

Campaign for Parental Pay Equality

We support the Campaign for Parental Pay Equality. Please take their short survey to help make the case for Shared Parental Pay for self-employed parents.

25 Apr 2017

MU Success Supporting Precarious Workers at STUC 2017

STUC passes MU motion acknowledging the challenges of the gig economy, how we can better protect independent workers and grow the union movement.

25 Apr 2017

May Day Marches in Scotland & Northern Ireland

Join a May Day March throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland at one of the following locations.

24 Apr 2017

Midlands TUC Cultural Manifesto

The Culture Manifesto aims to achieve a sustainable cultural economy, and provide long term work opportunities for musicians and other creative workers.

18 Apr 2017

Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival Looking for Music Organiser

Festival organisers are looking for a Music Organiser, starting in July 2017 for a fixed term until July 2018.

14 Apr 2017

Cardiff AMs call for Agent of Change to save city centre live music

Two Cardiff AMs are calling on the Welsh Government to change planning laws in Wales to protect the future of live music venues in the centre of Cardiff.

11 Apr 2017

Naomi Pohl becomes the Union's first female Assistant General Secretary

Naomi Pohl has been appointed as MU Assistant General Secretary, Music Industry, and becomes the first female to join the Union’s team of senior officials in the Union’s 124-year history.

10 Apr 2017

TUC Black Workers Conference Supports Stop Rainbow Racism Campaign

TUC Black Workers Conference voted to support the MU’s motion on the Stop Rainbow Racism Campaign and the anti-racism code of practice.

10 Apr 2017

Save Stephen Campaign Raising Money to Help Musician Beat Cancer

Musician Stephen Sykes was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February 2016. Donate via GoFundMe ot sign up to be a potential blood stem cell donor.

07 Apr 2017

MU success at TUC Young Workers’ Conference

TUC Young Workers’ Conference supports MU motion on protecting freelance workers.

07 Apr 2017

GFTU Education Programme

The General Federation of Trade Unions has announced its education programme for 2017-18.

07 Apr 2017

Music industry lobby government over Ivory Ban

An exemption for musical instruments has been proposed to the planned ivory ban, which will be under consultation in April.

07 Apr 2017

Support live music in Wales – sign the petition calling for Agent of Change

Live music in Wales is under increasingly under threat. Add your voice to the petition calling for Agent of Change in Wales.

04 Apr 2017

Your MU - Engage. Network. Learn.

"Your MU" events are a new and unique opportunity to meet your MU North of England officials, network with fellow members, learn more about what we do, and get involved.

31 Mar 2017

Management Agreement Launched for New Artists and Managers

The MU has joined forces with FAC and the MMF to create an example management agreement for use by newer artists and managers entering the industry.

31 Mar 2017

MU responds to Planning Application Adjacent to Iconic Cardiff Venue

The MU has written to Cardiff Council expressing its concern over a planning application that puts iconic live music venue Clwb Ifor Bach at risk.

27 Mar 2017

Horace Trubridge wins MU General Secretary election

Horace Trubridge has today been confirmed as the next General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU).

22 Mar 2017

TUC launches major new survey on the experiences of LGBT+ workers

The TUC wants to know more about the experiences of LGBT+ people of work in order to develop campaigns and materials to support workers, and help employers build inclusive workplaces.

22 Mar 2017

MU welcomes NUT/ATL merger

The Musicians' Union (MU) looks forward to working with the new National Education Union (NEU) - the union formed by the NUT and ATL.

20 Mar 2017

Creative Industries Federation Survey of Self-Employed Creatives

Take the Creative Industries Federation Survey of Self-Employed Creatives to ensure it is representative of our sector.

17 Mar 2017

Coaching & Mentoring programme / Cwrs Annog a Mentora ILM

CULT Cymru has partnered with the Professional Development Centre, Wales, to deliver an exciting ILM endorsed two-day coaching and mentoring programme.

17 Mar 2017

1 in 3 BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since Brexit vote, finds TUC poll

1 in 3 BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since Brexit vote, finds TUC poll.

16 Mar 2017

Take UK Music’s Measuring Music Survey

Take UK Music’s Measuring Music Survey to help us develop the economic case for the industry and lobby government on your behalf.

10 Mar 2017

Tribute to Fran Hanley

Fran Hanley, Music Education Official at the MU, was a committed trade unionist and a great friend to so many in the music industry. Here she is remembered with fondness by some of her colleagues and musicians.

09 Mar 2017

General Secretary Election: 6 March - 27 March

The process for electing a new MU General Secretary is now under way and following the six Regional Nomination Meetings in January, two candidates have emerged and go forward to a ballot of members.

08 Mar 2017

Increase in National Insurance (NI) contributions for the self-employed announced

The Musicians’ Union (MU) will be arguing against measures announced in today’s budget that will see National Insurance Contributions by the self-employed rise.

02 Mar 2017

BBC invests more in Scotland and Wales

The BBC has announced a new TV channel in Scotland and an extra £8.5m a year in English language television programmes for Wales.

02 Mar 2017

MU Supports WASPI Campaign

Are you a woman born in the 1950s? You may have been detrimentally affected by the 2011 Pension Act. WASPI is campaigning for fairer treatment.

02 Mar 2017

Sign the Fair Funding For All Schools Petition

Sign the Fair Funding For All Schools Petition to protect schools across England from devastating cuts that will harm children’s education.

02 Mar 2017

BAROD standalone training sessions for musicians

Throughout March and early April, BAROD have arranged for six standalone workshops with guest sessions ranging from Plan it Music, TON Accountants, PRS for Music, PPL, Musicians' Union and the Association of Independent Festivals.

01 Mar 2017

Arts Council opportunity: Director, Music and London

Arts Council England is looking to recruit an outstanding individual to fulfil two significant roles within the Arts Council – to be its national director of Music, and also to play a key part in the London leadership team.

01 Mar 2017

Do you want to play trade union gigs?

MU members interested in performing at trade union events in the Midlands are invited to get in touch with the Midlands Regional Office.

01 Mar 2017

UK Live Music Census Launches Thursday 9 March

The world’s first national music census will go live on Thursday 9 March, and we encourage all MU members to take part.

01 Mar 2017

Parents in Performing Arts – research project

Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts. Throughout their second year PIPA will be focussing on support for people working in Music, Dance and Opera as well as continuing their work in theatre.

01 Mar 2017

Consultation: Understanding the reputation of Arts Council England as an employer

Take part in this consultation to help Arts Council England improve the how it presents itself and expand the profile of the arts and culture sector.

21 Feb 2017

Apply to become a music examiner or marker

Trinity College London believes that music is personal. Trinity wants to see how it makes someone feel, how they choose to interpret it. To know why someone's music is important to them, and hear who they are as a musician.

16 Feb 2017

MU welcomes £1m National Endowment for Music Fund announced by the Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has announced a new £1m endowment fund to encourage more children to become musicians. This is very welcome news.

16 Feb 2017

MU supports Pride’s Got Talent

The MU is proud to be supporting Pride’s Got Talent this year. Register to take part.

15 Feb 2017

Band on the Wall/Brighter Sound: Jazz Director Series #002 residency with Chris Potter

Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound have announced that world-class soloist, composer, bandleader and saxophonist Chris Potter will lead their second residency and tour in the Jazz Directors Series.

08 Feb 2017

Free Viva La Visa Advice for MU Members

Viva La Visa is offering free visa advice to MU members looking to perform in foreign territories.

08 Feb 2017

US Embassy Visa Interview Change

The US Embassy in London has agreed to release timeslots for visa interviews up to 11.30am, following discussions between the Embassy and the Music Industry Visa Taskforce.

07 Feb 2017

Be Part of Heart Unions Week!

Celebrate Heart Unions Week! Share why you love your Union, and ask someone who isn’t a Union member – but really should be – to join.

05 Feb 2017

New Emissions Surcharge to be introduced in London

London mayor responds to the consultation on proposals to tackle air quality in London.

04 Feb 2017

MU announces election for General Secretary

The Musicians’ Union’s (MU) General Secretary, John Smith, is to stand down in July 2017 after 15 years in office. The process for electing a new MU General Secretary is currently underway.

27 Jan 2017

Being a Musician is a Human Right

A musician applying for asylum in Finland was rejected on the grounds of their profession. The Finnish Music Council cannot accept this decision and the MU sends it solidarity to the FMC and musician seeking asylum.

26 Jan 2017

All About Piano

Calling all piano teachers and pianists! Register for the launch of our new project for all those who play the piano.

18 Jan 2017

Coventry music teachers made redundant

The MU has expressed its dismay at Coventry Council’s decision to make all of its peripatetic music teachers redundant from April this year.

18 Jan 2017

General Secretary Election 2017

General Secretary John Smith’s term of office expires on 16 October 2017. In accordance with current trade union legislation, the Executive Committee (EC) hereby announces that an election for this position will take place.

17 Jan 2017

Musicians’ Union Supports Independent Venue Week

Independent Venue Week is a seven-day celebration of small music venues around the UK, and the Musicians’ Union is proud to be involved once again.

17 Jan 2017

Workforce Diversity in the British Music Industry

UK Music published results of its first pan-industry workforce diversity survey of the music industry focusing on ethnicity and gender.

17 Jan 2017

Sing Up Workshops Discount for MU Members

Sing Up is hosting three training workshops in February, with ticket discounts for MU members wishing to take part.

17 Jan 2017

BOOK Music & Lyrics Groups Open for Applications

BOOK Music & Lyrics in now accepting applications for its 2017 Librettists Group and its First Year Composer/ Lyricist Group for emerging musical theatre professional development.

11 Jan 2017 – exclusive discount for MU members

Musicroom are offering MU members a 10% discount on purchases of sheet music, exam materials, repertoire, tutorials, instruments and accessories on (Subject to a minimum order value of £25).

19 Dec 2016

MU Gives Evidence on Licensing Act

Government opposes Licensing Act proposal to acknowledge cultural benefit of live music – MU responds.

18 Dec 2016

One Day Without Us – Campaign to Support Migrants

A number of MU members are supporting the One Day Without Us campaign, which is celebrating the contribution of migrants in the UK.

15 Dec 2016

Sign the Petition Calling for a Law to Force Employers to Pay Freelancers on Time

Sign this petition calling for a law to force employers to pay on time for freelance / contractual work.

09 Dec 2016

Performers call on European legislators to ensure fair treatment of performers in the digital world

The Fair Internet campaign is calling on the European Commission to reconsider weak proposals in the current draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

05 Dec 2016

Positive developments for musicians travelling overseas with their instruments

Music industry welcomes CITES update that makes it easier for musicians to travel with their instruments.

01 Dec 2016

Have Your Say on Extra £10 Emission Charge on Older Vehicles in London

Have your say on the Mayor of London’s proposal to charge older/more polluting vehicles an extra £10 per day whilst in the congestion charging zone.

30 Nov 2016

MU support celebration of Dydd Miwsig Cymru (Welsh Language Music Day)

Dydd Miwsig Cymru, on Friday 10 February 2017, celebrates the best of Welsh language music over the past 50 years.

29 Nov 2016

Welcome to the MU's London Region

An introduction to the London Regional Committee from its Chair, Richard Watson, for all London based members of the Musicians' Union.

25 Nov 2016

International Showcase Fund Now Available for Scottish Artists

PRS for Music Foundation and Creative Scotland partnership opens International Showcase Fund to Scottish bands for the first time.

25 Nov 2016

New £45million Edinburgh Live Music Venue

Plans are underway to build a new £45million venue in the heart of Edinburgh New Town.

25 Nov 2016

Help Musicians UK Launch Help Musicians Northern Ireland

Help Musicians UK has announced the launch of Help Musicians Northern Ireland (HMNI), based in Belfast.

25 Nov 2016

MU Welcomes London Night Czar Appointment

The MU offers its congratulations to Amy Lamé on her new role as London’s Night Czar.

18 Nov 2016

MU Responds to Government Announcement of Continued Music Education Hub Investment

This announcement provides welcome relief to those working in music education. However, it does not redress Local Authority cuts or the sidelining of music education in the curriculum.

04 Nov 2016

Discount on Music Gateway’s Premium Membership Accounts

MU members are offered a 30% discount on Music Gateway’s Pro or Business Annual Memberships.

24 Oct 2016

Upcoming Dirty Dancing Protests in the Midlands

Join MU members demonstrating in support of live music prior to performances of Dirty Dancing in Northampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton. Keep music live!

20 Oct 2016

Join the MU North of England Facebook Group!

Join the MU North of England Facebook Group to connect with members, find out about what's on where you are and make sure you're getting the most out of your Union.

12 Oct 2016

Jazz London Radio – advertising discount offer for MU members

Jazz London Radio, London’s premier jazz internet station, is offering MU members advertising at a discounted rate.

12 Oct 2016

London Drum Show, Olympia, discounted ticket offer

The London Drum Show returns to London’s Olympia once more this year and MU members can benefit from a discounted advance ticket offer.

12 Oct 2016

MU fighting for musicians’ rights in the lead up to Brexit

As the Government now works towards Brexit, we would like to reassure members that we are doing everything in our power to protect musicians’ rights.

11 Oct 2016

24 Hour Culture Survey

A major survey entitled 24 Hour Culture will launch next month to take a snapshot of how and why people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives across South East Wales.

10 Oct 2016

Music is Audible in Edinburgh

We are delighted to report that the City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board has agreed to revise the wording of the notorious ‘inaudibility’ clause.

24 Sep 2016

Jeremy Corbyn Wins Labour Leadership Election

MU congratulates Jeremy Corbyn.

16 Sep 2016

MU to Protest Dirty Dancing's ‘Dirty Dealing', Aylesbury, 19 September

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is holding a demonstration in support of live music in theatres, in Aylesbury, on Monday 19 September at 6pm.

15 Sep 2016

March to Save Passing Clouds from Closure

March with over 2000 people against the closure of Passing Clouds, a renowned multicultural live music venue in London.

14 Sep 2016

FanFair Alliance and MMF launch managers guide

FanFair Alliance and Music Managers Forum launch free guide for managers to help combat online ticket touting.

09 Sep 2016

MU EC Backing Owen Smith in Labour Leadership Contest

MU EC explains its decision to back Owen Smith.

08 Sep 2016

MU Statement on Fabric

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is deeply disappointed by Islington Council’s decision to revoke Fabric’s license. Once again we see another renowned music venue close due to issues over licensing.

01 Sep 2016

MU to Protest at Dirty Dancing’s ‘Dirty Dealing’ – Dartford

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is holding a demonstration in support of live music in theatres, in Dartford, on Friday 2 September at 4pm.

01 Sep 2016

International Federation of Musicians (FIM) Launches Tool to Check Airlines’ Instrument Policies

Use International Federation of Musicians (FIM) new traffic light system for airlines to check airlines’ policies and attitudes towards musicians.

24 Aug 2016

Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman Memorial Event

Friends and family of the late Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman have organised an event to celebrate his life.

15 Aug 2016

London Assembly Survey on Culture and Regeneration

Share your views on the challenges facing London’s artistic community and creative industries, and culture-led regeneration projects in London.

15 Aug 2016

2-for-1 tickets for Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival has arrived at the Assembly Rooms for the month of August and has two special offers for MU members.

09 Aug 2016

Career Development Bursaries from Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK is offering young professional musicians access to career development opportunities in the UK and internationally.

05 Aug 2016

MU Executive Committee votes to endorse Owen Smith

The Musicians’ Union’s Executive Committee has voted to endorse Owen Smith MP in the contest for leader of the Labour Party.

01 Aug 2016

The Music Leader Training Course

Leading music training organisation CM is offering The Music Leader Training Course in London and Bristol, with a 10% discount for MU members.

25 Jul 2016

TheatreDigsBooker offer for MU members

The MU has teamed up with TheatreDigsBooker to help MU members find accommodation whilst on tour.

22 Jul 2016

OiRA – a new risk assessment tool

Conduct a simple and thorough health and safety risk assessment of your performance space using OiRA, a free online tool.

14 Jul 2016

Labour Leadership Elections – Who Can Vote And How

The Labour Party has confirmed who can vote in the upcoming Labour leadership elections.

07 Jul 2016

MU endorses Andy Burnham for Greater Manchester Metro Mayor.

The Musicians’ Union endorses Andy Burnham’s candidacy as Greater Manchester Metro Mayor.

07 Jul 2016

MU endorses Luciana Berger for Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor

The Musicians’ Union has endorsed Luciana Berger’s candidacy as Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

07 Jul 2016

Health and Wellbeing Month in association with Help Musicians UK, BAPAM and Musicians’ Union

For the entire month of August, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Musicians' Union (MU) will partner to provide a range of events about how to look after yourself as a professional musician.

28 Jun 2016

Represent MU Members in Scotland at STUC Equalities Conferences

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) is holding three conferences later this year to discuss issues that affect workers.

28 Jun 2016

Save Passing Clouds community music and arts centre

Sign the petition to protect Hackney venue Passing Clouds, which is under threat from developers.

27 Jun 2016

MU Reacts to Vote to Leave European Union

MU General Secretary reacts to Brexit

24 Jun 2016

The Musician as Fundraiser Shares Fundraising Best Practice

New videos from The Musician as Fundraiser project share musicians’ experiences fundraising for four UK orchestras.

23 Jun 2016

TUC LGBT Conferences passes MU motion on access to PrEP

The MU motion to the Trades Union Congress’ annual LGBT Conference on access to PrEP passed unanimously.

15 Jun 2016

NUJ Scotland training courses open to MU members

The National Union of Journalists Scotland are running training opportunities in May, June and August which are open to MU members.

14 Jun 2016

Showcase Scotland Expo at Australian Music Week 2016

Applications are now open for a showcasing opportunity at Australian Music Week 2016 (AMW).

31 May 2016

EU Referendum – registering to vote

Want to have your say in the EU referendum? Make sure that you are registered to vote by the deadline of 7 June.

12 May 2016

Measuring Music Survey – Please add your voice

UK Music’s annual survey on the state of the music industry has now been launched for 2016. The survey shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes to complete and by doing so you will be entered into a prize draw.

12 May 2016

MU statement on the BBC White Paper

The MU cautiously welcomes today’s statement on the BBC by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP.

10 May 2016

City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board Public Consultation: Inaudibility Clause

The City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board is currently conducting a public consultation regarding the city's grassroots live music scene. This follows concerns raised by musicians about a clause in local legislation which states that 'all amplified music and vocals shall be so controlled as to be inaudible in neighbouring residential premises.'

10 May 2016

Scaling back the BBC would be “devastating” for the private sector, TUC report warns

The TUC says that steps to weaken or undermine the BBC would cause real and lasting damage to the UK’s creative industries – the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.

10 May 2016

Help stop ticket resale abuse

The Musicians Union supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ticket abuse. Greater transparency and fairness is needed to avoid profiteering and exploitation of genuine music fans.

05 May 2016

Consultation on Managing the Effects of 700 MHz Clearance

Please take part in Ofcom’s consultation if you have or use equipment that will be negatively affected by the 700MHz band clearance.

27 Apr 2016

Get Total Motor Assist at a 100% discount

MU members can get Total Motor Assist free with their MU membership. Sign up now!

27 Apr 2016

Do you perform on BPI commercial audio recording sessions?

Completing the wrong session agreement could cost you.

21 Apr 2016

The Performance Fund: Flash Funding Winners Announced

Flight Brigade and False Advertising among winners of PRS for Music Foundation Flash Funding, in partnership with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union.

19 Apr 2016

MU Hub Report highlights job losses for instrumental music teachers

The Musicians’ Union (MU) are today releasing their third report into the state of music education in England.

12 Apr 2016

Music for Youth National Partnership Award Winners

As part of the Union’s work supporting Music for Youth, the MU sponsors a National Partnership Award. Find out what the 2015 winners got up to.

11 Apr 2016

Sign the instruments on planes petition

Call on the European Council to ensure musicians travelling with instruments are treated fairly.

06 Apr 2016

The Performance Flash Fund – apply now

Apply for Flash Funding by 11.59pm on Friday 8 April with PRS for Music Foundation, in association with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union.

04 Apr 2016

MU position on Europe

The MU has reaffirmed its support for Britain remaining part of the European Union.

29 Mar 2016

MU statement on the situation at the ENO

The MU expresses its dismay and disappointment regarding the news that Mark Wigglesworth has decided he is unable to continue as English National Opera Music Director.

24 Mar 2016

Essential Guide to Music Funding 2016

The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding 2016 features contributions from the MU, PRS for Music, Help Musicians UK, Arts Council England and more.

22 Mar 2016

Young workers: attitudes to work, unions and activism

University of Birmingham researchers are looking for young people to participate in a TUC research project on young workers and trade unions.

17 Mar 2016

Attitude is Everything State of Access Report 2016

Simple changes to online information provision could drastically improve the experiences of Deaf and disabled venue and festival goers, shows new report.

17 Mar 2016

MU Discount for ‘Festival Futures’

Hear from industry experts and network at Association of Independent Festival’s Festival Futures event. Plus MU members get a 10% discount.

15 Mar 2016

Entertainment Unions Launch Alternative Vision for BBC

The Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) is launching its BBC Alternative White Paper in Parliament today (Tuesday 15 March).

14 Mar 2016

Music industry campaign prompts action from Government to help protect UK music venues

UK Music, Music Venue Trust and Musicians’ Union welcome new Government legislation to protect music venues.

10 Mar 2016

Section Committee Nomination Form 2016

Members wishing to stand for the Union’s Section Committees in 2016 can log in and download the Nomination Form now. Deadline for Nominations: 24 March.

07 Mar 2016

Bristol Live Music Census 2015

Live music generated £123 million for the local Bristol economy in 2015, but many venues are under threat.

07 Mar 2016

Music in Hospitals and the Big Lottery

Vote for Music in Hospitals to receive £50,000 from the Big Lottery to deliver a series of live music concerts to older people in care homes in Wales.​

18 Feb 2016

Survey to Support Grassroots Music Venues

Help make the case for live music venues by taking and sharing this short survey.

18 Feb 2016

Please Sign the Petition to Keep English National Opera as a Full Time Company

The English National Opera (ENO) chorus, who are represented by Equity, are currently being threatened with job cuts and having their pay reduced to 75%.

08 Feb 2016

Love your Trade Union!

Show others what the MU means to you and raise awareness of the draconian Trade Union Bill as part of the TUC’s #heartunions week.

03 Feb 2016

Live music venues under threat in Aberdeen

Sign the petition to support Aberdeen venues and call on the City Council to adopt the Agent of Change principle.

02 Feb 2016

XpoNorth 2016: Creative Industries Take The High Road

XpoNorth conference and showcase is back, and open to applications from musicians who would like to take part.

02 Feb 2016

Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund

Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund gives awards to musicians planning a sabbatical from their normal working lives.

02 Feb 2016

Wiltshire Music Centre seeks non- executive Chair of Trustees

Wiltshire Music Centre promotes a year-round programme of over 100 live music concerts as well as music education and community initiatives.

27 Jan 2016

Creative industries worth almost £10 million an hour to economy

UK’s Creative Industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy, according to DCMS figures.

25 Jan 2016

Beyond Stage Fright: managing performance stress

Beyond Stage Fright involves top international musicians, writers and teachers sharing their insights into managing performance stress.

21 Jan 2016

Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords

Over the next few weeks the House of Lords will be discussing the Trade Union Bill, which amongst other things threatens the basic right to strike.

18 Jan 2016

MU supporting Bacc for the Future campaign

The MU is joining forces with 160 other organisations to protest against plans to make the British Baccalaureate virtually compulsory and further restrict the chances for young people to study creative subjects.

12 Jan 2016

FIM update: European regulation on air passengers’ rights

FIM is calling for musicians’ unions worldwide to put pressure on governments to support musicians flying with instruments, and will be asking musicians to get involved.

11 Jan 2016

Union pays tribute to Bowie

It is with great sadness that we learned about the death of David Bowie, a lifelong MU member and music legend.

05 Jan 2016

Tokyo Conference – performers demand fair share of online revenue

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) conference held in Tokyo in December has called for fair, proportional and balanced remuneration for the online use of performances.

22 Dec 2015

Scottish government draft budget outlines 9.5% culture spending cut

The MU is disappointed at the Scottish government’s draft budget, which outlines a 9.5% spending cut to culture.

17 Dec 2015

“World’s biggest panto” has no live band

The Musicians’ Union is disappointed that the production of Cinderella at the Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, dubbed the ‘world’s biggest panto’, does not have a live band.

17 Dec 2015

Performers' Alliance APPG Reception Highlights

Watch highlights from the Performers' Alliance All Party Parliamentary Group Reception, hosted by Musicians' Union, Equity and The Writers' Guild of Great Britain in December 2015.

14 Dec 2015

Edinburgh Instrumental Music Service threatened with 75% cut

Say no to proposed cuts to Edinburgh’s Instrumental Music Service, and show your support for Edinburgh’s music teachers.

03 Dec 2015

Independent Venue Week back for January 2016

Now in its third year, Independent Venue Week is back in January 2016 with a week-long series of gigs all around the UK.

02 Dec 2015

Guidance note: Elastic Artists Agency Ltd

Are you having a problem getting paid by this company? If so please read the following information. If you are an MU member, you can also contact your MU Regional Office.

26 Nov 2015

People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs

The TUC backed national People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs takes place in London from midday this Sunday and all MU members are invited to attend.

26 Nov 2015

Threat to Arts Venues in Peckham, south east London – sign the petition

A new plan to build luxury flats is threatening the continued operation of the CLF Art Café, Bussey Building & Copeland Park. The new scheme will also restrict or prohibit the use of the CLF and Bussey Building’s outside courtyard space which could result in the loss of up to 700 jobs.

26 Nov 2015

Want to develop your musical theatre writing?

The ‘BOOK Music & Lyrics’ Lab for musical theatre writers opens for applications on 1 December 2015.

26 Nov 2015

STUC St Andrew’s Day March and Rally - No Racism: Refugees Welcome Here

The STUC annual St Andrew’s Day anti-racism march will take place on Saturday 28 November 2015.

26 Nov 2015

The Musicians’ Union: a Social History, exhibition and conference

The University of Glasgow is running a month long exhibition covering various aspects of the MU’s one hundred and twenty-two year history in January 2016 at The Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

26 Nov 2015

DCMS faces further cuts after Spending Review

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s overall budget has been cut by a further 5% in the Government’s Comprehensive Spending Review of 25 November, with the department's administration costs facing a cut of 20%.

24 Nov 2015

Underwire Film Festival: celebrating the talents of female filmmaking

The MU was delighted to support the Underwire Film Festival again this year - the UK’s only film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. The Union sponsors the Best Composer Award, which this year was awarded to Josephine Stevenson.

05 Nov 2015

The AIF and MU announce details of ‘Fair Play for Festivals’ agreement

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) and the MU have launched an agreement that will mutually benefit emerging artists who are represented by the MU and the AIF’s 55 member festivals.

03 Nov 2015

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.

03 Nov 2015

Contact your MP about the Trade Union Bill

Help us kill the bill, and protect your rights as working musicians. Email or Tweet your MP before Tuesday 10 November.

31 Oct 2015

Tributes to Len Worsley

Tributes to Len Worsley, 29 June 1925 – 15 October 2015.

27 Oct 2015

Manchester Jazz Festival 2016 welcomes artists’ submissions

Fancy a gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2016? This is a contemporary jazz event and aims to champion artists playing original work, especially those living and working in the North West of England.

22 Oct 2015

Talk to your MP about the Trade Union Bill & your rights as a musician

We are fighting the draconian Trade Union Bill, and we need your support.

21 Oct 2015

Music for Youth Proms 2015

Book your ticket to the Music for Youth Proms to support hundreds of young musicians from across the UK.

21 Oct 2015

Leading Northern Ireland arts organisations face 7% cut

Thirty-two of Northern Ireland’s biggest arts organisations are facing funding cuts of 7% - or £620,000.

20 Oct 2015

PACT / MU Agreement ballot result

The result of the recent consultative ballot on a new agreement between the Musicians’ Union and PACT (the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) was in favour of the new agreement with associated changes and this will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

19 Oct 2015

Protecting Music Venues - Report Launched

The MU is delighted to announce the launch of the London Venues Task Force report.

12 Oct 2015

Third annual Jimmy Reid Memorial Lecture: 'Workers' Rights are Human Rights'

In honour of workers’ leader Jimmy Reid, Nicola Sturgeon will address the issue of why workers’ rights are human rights and how this can be used in defence against the Tory Government’s attacks on workers’ economic, political and social rights in Scotland.

09 Oct 2015

Take the Fair Internet For Performers Survey

Take the Fair Internet Survey to help us fight for your right to a fair share of online revenues from digital uses of your work.

09 Oct 2015

Mental Health at Work: A young workers’ guide

New guide to supporting people with mental health issues in the workplace.

07 Oct 2015

Air Canada offers discounts for musicians

Musicians travelling with instruments on Air Canada flights may be eligible for a discount and more time to board.

07 Oct 2015

Jazzahead Bremen 2016

Applications for the Jazzahead Bremen 2016 showcase are now open.

02 Oct 2015

Support the FAIR INTERNET campaign

The Internet is for everyone. However, today, whether they are famous or not, performers are still not fairly rewarded when their performances are exploited via online on demand services.

23 Sep 2015

Important Changes to Q-Park Parking Discount

From 1 October 2015, Q-Park will provide an online discounted parking rate of £5 throughout the UK.

17 Sep 2015

Hague Court of Appeal: CBA applicable to freelance musicians

The Hague Court of Appeal this week struck down a ruling that would have put collective bargaining agreements covering freelance orchestral musicians across Europe under threat.

16 Sep 2015

£96 discount for MU members at the Live UK Summit

MU members are invited to take advantage of heavily discounted tickets for the LIVE UK Summit in London.

16 Sep 2015

Members discount on Overscore Manuscript Tape

Scottish MU Member Stuart Thomson has devised, developed and launched ‘Overscore’, a unique, removable manuscript tape.

16 Sep 2015

Misleading “buyout” consent forms – don’t be caught out!

What to do if you are offered a suspect or non-MU consent form.

16 Sep 2015

MU London Region Annual General Meeting

We are delighted to announce that Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of the Music Venue Trust, will be speaking at the MU London AGM.

16 Sep 2015

10% discount for MU members attending Festival Congress

MU members can take advantage of a 10% discount on all tickets at this year’s Festival Congress hosted by the Association of Independent Festivals.

16 Sep 2015

Take this short survey for Arts Council England

Ensure your voice is heard and show Arts Council England how they can help you and the music sector.

16 Sep 2015

Join the TUC National Rally and March in Manchester

Join the MU and our samba band in the TUC march, "Yes to workers rights, No to austerity", Sunday 4 October in Manchester

09 Sep 2015

Changes to Class 2 NI

There are changes occurring to the collection of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions- if you are affected you should have received a letter from HMRC.

07 Sep 2015

MU and Co-operatives UK launch guide to forming Music Teacher Co-operatives

The Musicians’ Union and Co-operatives UK launch an initiative aimed at creating more music teacher co-operatives.

26 Aug 2015

Changes to health and safety law for self-employed

The Government recently made changes to Health and Safety Law in regard to the self-employed.

26 Aug 2015

PRS for Music launches Streamfair campaign

PRS for Music is campaigning to increase awareness of streaming’s impact on songwriters and composers.

18 Aug 2015

Input into survey about training opportunities

Please fill in this short survey so that FEU training is better able to develop the key training opportunities you need to support your career.

22 Jul 2015

John Smith announced as new Chairman of PPL

John Smith, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU) and President of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), will succeed Fran Nevrkla OBE as Chairman of PPL (which is a part-time position) on 1 January 2016.

20 Jul 2015

MU endorses Burnham and Flint

The Musicians' Union (MU) has today decided to endorse Andy Burnham for Labour Party leader and Caroline Flint for deputy.

17 Jul 2015

Private Copying Regulations Quashed by High Court

MU delighted at today’s High Court decision to quash the Government’s private copying exception.

16 Jul 2015

MU condemns ‘unnecessary’ Trade Union Bill

The Government has now published its Trade Union Bill, which includes plans to criminalise picketing, permit employers to hire strike-breaking agency staff and a requirement that at least 40% of those asked to vote support the strike in most key public services.

16 Jul 2015

New funding facility: Career Development Bursaries

A new scheme has been set up by Help Musicians UK to fund exceptional career development opportunities for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, songwriters or small groups aged between 21 and 30.

16 Jul 2015

MU joins debate on streaming services and remuneration for artists

The MU has joined the debate about streaming services and remuneration for artists that was recently highlighted by the row between Taylor Swift and Apple Music.

15 Jul 2015

Harry Pitch

We are saddened to report the passing of Harry Pitch, harmonica and trumpet player, on Wednesday 15 July 2015.

14 Jul 2015

March with the MU at Tolpuddle

Join the MU at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset. We will be marching with the MU Great Western Marching Band.

08 Jul 2015

WOMEX 15 Budapest Bursaries

What are the Wales Arts International WOMEX 15 Bursaries?

22 Jun 2015

Jed Williams Memorial Bursary

Jazz 4 Jed are inviting applications to the Jed Williams Memorial Bursary from people involved in the Welsh jazz scene.

19 Jun 2015

UK music industry wins High Court copyright case against Government

The High Court today ruled against the UK Government in a Judicial Review case brought by the Musicians’ Union (MU), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music.

12 Jun 2015

GFTU Trade Union Management Programmme

The GFTU has announced the new dates for the GFTU trade union management programme 2015

12 Jun 2015

PRS licence fee 'pass on' - guidance note for members

PRS for Music licence fees (PRSfM) – traditionally paid by promoters and venue owners – are increasingly being passed onto musicians, either as a cost involved in hiring a venue or as a deduction from their performance fee.

05 Jun 2015

The Musician: Let the Music Play On

From Bergen-Belsen to the higher echelons of British classical music: cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch has travelled an extraordinary journey. In the Summer issue of The Musician, Anita speaks exclusively to the Musicians' Union about her life story.

05 Jun 2015

The Musician: Pop Goes Politics

Do British musicians still rage against the machine?

05 Jun 2015

The Musician: The Numbers Game

The Musician Summer 2015 explores the causes and consequences of ageism across all the ages and genres and investigates savvy strategies to battle discrimination.

02 Jun 2015

York Guide to Busking Released

The City of York has released clear guidance for buskers, local businesses and residents.

01 Jun 2015

Air Studios - support the legendary recording studio

The MU is aware of the potential problems that may be caused by the proposed building work to be undertaken next to Air Studios.

21 May 2015

Online summit: Beyond Stagefright

The Beyond Stage Fright online summit is a series of video interviews given by top international soloists, principal orchestral players, along with leading writers and teachers who all share their unique take on managing performance stress.

21 May 2015

Attitude is Everything call for deaf & disabled music fans in the North East

Fancy some free gig tickets and improving the local music industry at the same time in the North East?

21 May 2015

MU member discount for The Hub ‘One Dayer’ 2015.

1 July 2015 sees the second all-day networking and ideas event hosted by ‘The Hub’ at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

21 May 2015

Major rights group launches online campaign for artists

In May, four organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to campaign for the fair remuneration of online revenues.

21 May 2015

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House accepts pay deal

Members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House have voted in favour of a two-year pay deal: 2% for 2014/15 and 2% for 2015/16.

21 May 2015

TUC Black Workers Conference

The TUC Black Workers Conference was held at Congress House, London on 17-19 April 2015.

21 May 2015

TUC launches LGBT Charter

The TUC’s new Charter for International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity explains how unions can support the struggles of LGBT people in the many countries where homosexuality is illegal and subject to popular prejudice.

21 May 2015

Scotland United Against Austerity, Rally, Saturday 20 June, George Square, Glasgow

The People’s Assembly in Scotland and the STUC have announced that they are organising a rally in Glasgow to co-incide with a number of events throughout the UK on 20 June. This is to unite in opposition to austerity and provide a show of strength in opposition to the Tory Government.

21 May 2015

Support the campaign to save The Arches, Glasgow

Glasgow City Council Licensing Board has ruled that the famous venue can now no longer operate after midnight, the impact of which could lead to the venue shutting down.

21 May 2015

Review of Entertainment Licensing in Northern Ireland

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced a review of the current entertainment licensing regime in Northern Ireland which has been in place for almost 30 years.

15 May 2015

Sign up as a supporter to get a vote for Labour leader

In the past, all MU members who had opted into the political fund received a vote in Labour party selections – for example for leader or for Labour mayoral candidate. Please be aware that the rules have now changed and that you will not automatically receive a vote for these elections.

07 May 2015

Private Copying Judicial Review Heard At High Court

The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music were in the High Court this week for the long awaited judicial review of Government’s decision to introduce a private copying exception without fair compensation to songwriters, composers and musicians, which is in contravention of EU law.

06 May 2015

Music online: Rights groups launch remuneration campaign

Today, four international organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to launch a campaign for the fair treatment of all performers in the digital environment.

22 Apr 2015

A tribute to Vince Sipprell

On January 30th, Vince Sipprell passed away at the age of 35.

14 Apr 2015

Tribute to the memory of Danny Longstaff, musician, promoter, activist and MU official.

A dedicated site in memory of Danny has been opened and all who knew him are very welcome to contribute messages, stories and pictures.

14 Apr 2015

Take part in TUC Young Workers’ housing campaign

Ask your local candidates what their plans for housing are. You don’t have to be a Young Worker to take part.

13 Apr 2015

Olivier Award Winners

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of Olivier Awards 2015.

08 Apr 2015

TUC launch new Charter for International LGBT Solidarity

The TUC has launched a new Charter for International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity.

08 Apr 2015

Join the MU at Liverpool Sound City

Once again the MU will be in attendance at Liverpool Sound City and will be hosting a panel as part of the official conference. MU members also get £30 discount on Sound City delegate passes.

08 Apr 2015

Live Music Act extension comes into effect as venue capacity increases to 500

The Live Music Act extension came into effect on 6 April 2015, meaning venues with an audience of up to 500 people will benefit from the deregulation of live music.

08 Apr 2015

Increase agreed for live rates

The Executive Committee has agreed an increase of 1.5% on the following live rates for the period 2015-2016. These rates become effective from 1 April 2015.

08 Apr 2015

Rises agreed in Recording & Broadcasting rates

An increase has been agreed for the LPAG Library Agreement with the Library Producers Advisory Group, plus the MU Standard Library Agreement will increase by 7.15%. Both effective 1 Mar 2015.

08 Apr 2015

Universal loses Market Court case over Internet Music rights

Two sons of the late Albert Järvinen, guitarist for the Finnish band Hurriganes, won a clear victory over Universal Music Finland over the internet rights of two albums originally released in the early 1970s. The case was processed with legal aid provided by the Finnish Musicians’ Union.

08 Apr 2015

Keep Music Live in Edinburgh

Sign the petition to get rid of the Council's 'inaudibility' clause in its licensing policy.

01 Apr 2015

Music Venue Trust launches Understanding Small Music Venues report

The report reveals independent music venues are operating under significant financial and regulatory pressures, underpinned by a negative public image.

24 Mar 2015

Mayor of London unveils plan to boost busking and street performance across London

Following last year's #BackBusking campaign, which was set up to investigate the problems faced by buskers performing around the city, the Mayor's Busk in London scheme is now up and running. It aims to make busking and street performance much easier in the capital and includes London's first Busking Code of Conduct, a resource devised by performers, councils, businesses and the police.

20 Mar 2015

MU disappointed at BBC Trust findings

The Musicians’ Union has expressed disappointment at the BBC Trust’s conclusions from its service licence review of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and Asian Network, which were published yesterday. In particular the MU is concerned about the proposal to drastically reduce the coverage of live music on Radio 1.

09 Mar 2015

Mountview launches new MA in Writing Musicals

Mountview has announced the launch of a new MA in Writing Musicals, the first of its kind in the UK. This full-time course has been developed to provide practical training and experience in the art of writing musicals.

06 Mar 2015

Southbank WOW Festival Orchestra, London

MU members have expressed concern that no payment is offered for the Southbank WOW Festival Orchestra project. The Southbank Centre’s Music Director, Gillian Moore, has written to us clarifying the offer and remuneration for professional musicians.

05 Mar 2015

MU joins London Venues Task Force

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the creation of the capital's first Music Venues Task Force, which is to look at steps the city can take to protect and secure its vital network of live music venues.

04 Mar 2015

MU members urged to contribute to UK Music research into the music industry's contribution to the economy

Last year 900 composers, musicians and songwriters in the UK took part in an economic survey run by UK Music. These responses were a key input to Measuring Music, UK Music's study on the economic contribution of music.

04 Mar 2015

Arranging, Music Preparation and Orchestration rates for 2015

The minimum rates for the General Terms & Conditions for Arranging, Music Preparation and Orchestration are now available.

01 Mar 2015

Cumbrian trio celebrate 55 years in same band

MU members Alan, Jimmy and Rueben Slater are three brothers who started playing professionally in 1960 when they were aged 13 to 16 years old. The Slater family business, based in Wigton, ran a funfair and the boys named themselves after one of their traction engines. Hence Rue & the Rockets.

23 Feb 2015

Tribute to Gary Hyde - drummer, activist and MU Official

Gary was born in his beloved town of Margate 73 years ago. He was the eldest of 4 children and all of them are artistic in some way and also very passionate and dedicated to fighting whatever causes come their way.

23 Feb 2015

Entertainment Unions issue joint statement following ENO meeting

The general secretaries of BECTU, Equity and the Musicians' Union - respectively Gerry Morrissey, Christine Payne and John Smith - have issued a joint statement following a meeting with senior management at English National Opera (ENO).

13 Feb 2015

Entertainment Unions back members working at ENO

The General Secretaries of the Musicians' Union (MU), Equity and BECTU have sought an urgent meeting with senior management at the English National Opera. The request for the meeting was a response to the sudden departure of the ENO’s chairman and executive director and preceded this week's decision by the Arts Council to place the company into special measures.

11 Feb 2015

Write to your MP to call on their support against secondary ticketing

Write to your MP to call on their support against secondary ticketing.

11 Feb 2015

Live Music Act extended

The Live Music Act will be extended to cover audiences of up to 500 and live unamplified music will be deregulated on any premises from 6 April 2015.

03 Feb 2015

Music Venue Trust creates Music Venues Alliance: 'Championing the Grassroots'

The Music Venue Trust has formally announced the launch of the Music Venues Alliance, an association of venues and organisations that have united behind the work of the Trust.

30 Jan 2015

Support the campaign against Bath City anti-busking order

Bath Council is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order to ban the use of amplification by street entertainers in specific areas of Bath City Centre.

27 Jan 2015

Understanding small music venues

Music Venue Trust and the Institute for Contemporary Music Performance present the interim findings from their national research into the UK's music venue circuit.

23 Jan 2015

Ulster Orchestra takes a first step on the road to recovery

The Union is pleased to announce that confirmation was received of a further £500k funding from Stormont for the Orchestra, which is in addition to the extra £100k already pledged by Belfast Council and secures the orchestra's finances until April 2016.

21 Jan 2015

MU and Eurostar

Eurostar is committed to providing the best and most affordable means by which MU members can take their instruments into mainland Europe. Given the ongoing uncertainty of travelling by air with your instruments, the MU has been working with Eurostar to find a more reliable, cost effective and safer means of transport.

21 Jan 2015

Change to the Planning Guidance for Noise recognises Music Venues

The MU have been made aware that on Christmas Eve 2014 a change was introduced to the planning guidance that recognises the existence of music venues.

21 Jan 2015

Jazz for Labour: A concert for fairness and diversity

Great jazz artists come together and, through their music, express support for Labour’s values of fairness and diversity.

21 Jan 2015

Orchestral Audition Master Classes announced for 2015

The MU is pleased to confirm its ongoing partnership with Morgensterns, now in its third year, by providing six more Orchestral Audition Master Class days during 2015.

21 Jan 2015

New Cultural Enterprise Office Support Directory

The Cultural Enterprise Office has updated its Support Directory with a complete list of organisations and websites providing support to creatives working in Scotland.

21 Jan 2015

Scottish Trades Union Congress - Young Workers Conference and LGBT Workers Conference

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) will be holding its 4th LGBT Workers Conference on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May in Clydebank.

06 Jan 2015

Flying with a US Airline

On the 30 December 2014, the US Department of Transport issued a ruling which marks a major step forward for musicians travelling by air with their instruments.

06 Jan 2015

Fair Play Venue Scheme

Dave Webster, the MU’s National Organiser for Live Performance, was filmed at Venues' Day in December by thehub - one of the leading creative resources in the independent sector - at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s South Bank.

05 Jan 2015

War Horse Band Dispute Resolved

We are pleased to confirm that the legal dispute relating to the termination of the musicians from the West End Production of War Horse has been resolved to the satisfaction of all parties.

16 Dec 2014

Classic FM Teacher of Year Awards 2014 winner: Simon Router

This year the MU was honoured to sponsor the 'Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year' award as part of the Classic FM Teacher of Year Awards 2015.

16 Dec 2014

BA charging £300 for a cello

It has come to our attention that British Airways have changed their ‘additional seat’ fees for musicians travelling with cellos. Whilst the minimum payment for short haul flights is £40, the fee for long haul flights is £300.

16 Dec 2014

Save Tin Pan Alley

The iconic 12 bar club on London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’ (Denmark Street) is due to close to make way for an urban makeover.

08 Dec 2014

MU supports campaign to save Madame Jojo's

Sign the petition to save iconic venue Madam Jojo’s in London, due for demolition.

04 Dec 2014

Autumn Statement

Yesterday the Chancellor announced that he would be extending the creative industries’ tax breaks to include orchestras.

02 Dec 2014

Letter of thanks from Rome Opera to British MU

The Orchestra and Chorus of Rome Opera Theater would like to sincerely thank you for being so close to their 180 musicians as they faced the insane decision made by the Board to outsource the entire Orchestra and Chorus.

27 Nov 2014

VAT Place of Supply of Services – changes due in 2015

Members are alerted to impending changes to VAT rules, coming into effect on 1 January 2015. The changes only affect B2C transactions where the customer is a private person based in another EU member state.

27 Nov 2014

Delight at Rome Opera outcome: musicians reinstated

Last night Loris Grossi, trombonist at Rome Opera Theatre (ROT) and FIM member, announced that the 182 members of ROT who were sacked on the 2nd October 2014, have been reinstated.

26 Nov 2014

MU, Basca and UK Music Launch Judicial Review

The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have launched an application for Judicial Review of the Government’s introduction of a private copying exception without providing fair compensation for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders within the creative sector.

20 Nov 2014

Busking in London

Members may be aware that the MU has been working with the Greater London Authority and other stakeholders in an attempt to devise a pan London busking Code of Conduct ‘Busk In London’.

19 Nov 2014

UK Music calls time on unpaid internships

UK Music has joined forces with Intern Aware, to launch an Internship Code of Practice for music companies and young people. The Code will help employers understand their role and duty when hiring an intern, and importantly show them their responsibilities in terms of pay and tenure.

14 Nov 2014

MU responds to the Taylor Swift versus Spotify debate

The discussion over the value of streaming services for musicians entered a new phase when pop artist Taylor Swift removed her entire back catalogue from Spotify. Like many artists seeking to avoid the ‘cannibalisation’ of music sales from streaming, Swift withheld her new album 1989 from Spotify and other streaming services.

21 Oct 2014

Save the Ulster Orchestra – sign the petition

Please sign the petition calling for a long term, meaningful and financial commitment to funding and promoting The Ulster Orchestra. We encourage all who value the arts and musical culture to support the petition.

09 Oct 2014

MU to be an official partner of Venues' Day

On Tuesday 9 December 2014, 250 delegates from across the UK will gather at the Purcell Rooms at London's South Bank, for the first ever networking event specifically aimed at celebrating the work of independent live music venues.

06 Oct 2014

Notice for members working on cruise ships

The Union have been made aware that any musicians engaged on cruise ships or by owners of luxury yachts are now subject to the minimum conditions set out in a new 'seafarers agreement'.

05 Oct 2014

Scandal in Rome: the mayor dismantles the Opera

In an outrageous act of cultural vandalism, the mayor of Rome has announced his decision to dismiss all the artists, i.e. 200 orchestra musicians and choir members, working for the Rome Opera.

10 Sep 2014

MU calls for more protection for live music venues

The Musicians’ Union is today putting a motion to the TUC Congress which would aim to offer more protection for live music venues.

02 Sep 2014

Increases secured for Royal Sinfonia and WNO

Against the bleak background of orchestral pay freezes it is good to be able to report a small increase in pay at two orchestras.

02 Sep 2014

Update on the Disclosure and Barring Service

The DBS have extended the amount of time that an individual can join the Update Service with their DBS certificate.

02 Sep 2014

Campaign calling for Agent of Change principle to be made law

You can support the call for the adoption of the Agent of Change principle into UK Law from 11 September.

01 Sep 2014

Freelancers at the Royal Opera House

The MU has terminated its Extras and Deputies Media Agreement with the Royal Opera House and therefore freelance musicians will be paid for any recording work they take part in at the ROH, under the relevant MU agreement going forward, for example our agreement with the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT).

08 Aug 2014

Buskers’ guide promotes harmony in Liverpool

A new guide is being produced to help promote better relations between buskers in Liverpool city centre and local businesses. It is thought to be the first of its type in the country.

05 Aug 2014

The Fleece Saved?

Bristol City Council last night approved plans for flats to be built next to The Fleece. Fortunately for the venue, planning permission will be subject to a number of strict acoustic conditions.

04 Aug 2014

Musicians’ Union members campaign outside War Horse Prom

West End orchestral players and members of the Musicians’ Union (MU) leafleted outside the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 3 August in advance of the BBC’s War Horse Prom, to make audience members aware of the MU’s ongoing campaign to ‘Save the War Horse Band’.

30 Jul 2014

Private copying exception

UK Music is disappointed that the Government has ignored important warnings from Parliament and industry about technical flaws in legislation to introduce a much needed exception to copyright for private copying.

28 Jul 2014

AIM Startups

AIM Startups is designed to help creative start-ups and as part of their program, AIM offers access to funding, mentoring, training, networking events and on-going support.

17 Jul 2014

MU supports The Fair Digital Deals Declaration

The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is a statement of commitment made by independent record labels to treat their artists fairly in agreements relating to digital exploitation of artists’ work in recorded music agreements with third parties.

17 Jul 2014

Tribute to Johnnie Gray

One of the great characters of British jazz, Johnnie Gray has passed away aged 94. Born in Coventry in 1920, he took up the tenor saxophone at school before becoming an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce.

07 Jul 2014

Support My Music Teacher

Tell us why you support your music teacher – how your music teacher changed your life and helped you achieve your ambitions.

21 May 2014

MU to remain neutral over issue of Scottish independence

The decision follows the MU’s forum on ‘The Future of Music in Scotland,’ which was held on 11 April 2014 at Glasgow City Halls.

28 Apr 2014

War Horse Prom Announcement

We have been contacted by a number of members about the War Horse Prom, scheduled for this summer, which will be hosted by the BBC in conjunction with The National Theatre. The Prom has been planned to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War

25 Apr 2014

Save the War Horse band

The Musicians’ Union is fighting to save the War Horse band and keep music live in theatres across the UK. The National Theatre (NT) has attempted to terminate the contracts of the five members of the War Horse band engaged to perform in the West End production of the show which continues to run at the New London Theatre.

15 Apr 2014

MU champions Milton Keynes Music Co-operative

Musicians are very resourceful. They need to be, given current public funding cuts. The loss of £22m in three years from music education has resulted in hundreds of instrumental teachers losing their jobs.

09 Apr 2014

MU supports 'Back Busking’ campaign

The MU attended the launch of the Mayor of London’s Back Busking campaign at St Pancras this morning, an event which featured a live performance by The King’s Parade, a band featuring MU members.

08 Apr 2014

Art of Teaching

The project aims to share good practice amongst instrumental and vocal teachers. So far over 100 films representing gifted teachers working across genres, ages and levels of ability have been produced.

18 Mar 2014

Sexism in Music

In the current issue of The Musician, the MU explores the accusation that the music industry is letting its female musicians down, and considers solutions for a more positive future for women carving a career in the British music industry.

05 Mar 2014

Artists, Managers and Performers alliance (AMP) calls for 50/50 split on streaming royalties

AMP, the recently formed alliance between the Musicians’ Union, the Music Managers’ Forum and the Featured Artists’ Coalition, is calling for streaming royalties to be split equally between the artist and the label in a submission to the EU consultation on copyright.

10 Feb 2014

European Parliament supports instruments on planes regulation

The European Parliament voted on 5 February in favour of a new proposal which would finally solve the problems that musicians face when travelling on planes with their instruments. The text must now also go before the European Council before it is approved.

05 Feb 2014

MU calls for Government to do more for music education

The Musicians’ Union has issued a report calling on the Government to work with Ofsted to ensure that schools recognise the importance of music education.

31 Jan 2014

The MU and EIS announce joint membership agreement

Members of the MU and the Educational Institute of Scotland Members are set to benefit from being represented and supported by both organisations.

03 Dec 2013

LGBT History Month

As LGBT History month approaches in February, the MU is planning to celebrate the lives of four musicians who should be an inspiration to us all.

15 Nov 2013

James Dean Bradfield wins Musicians' Union Classic Rock Award

Manic Street Preachers’ founding member and guitarist James Dean Bradfield was named winner of this year’s Musicians’ Union Maestro Award at the Classic Rock Awards last night.

23 Oct 2013

Musicians' Union welcomes decision on National Insurance regulations

The Government has today announced that they will repeal the current National Insurance regulations in respect of entertainers. This means that from 6 April 2014, those individuals engaged as an actor, singer, or musician, or in any similar performing capacity will pay Class 2 and Class 4.

29 Jul 2013

120 years celebrated at Conference

The MU celebrated 120 years at its 35th Delegate Conference in Manchester on 23 and 24 July. Over one hundred members and invited guests joined the MU’s Executive Committee and speakers from industry, education and Parliament at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, a stone’s throw from where the Union was first established in 1893.

27 Jun 2013

WIPO treaty extends performers rights

The UK has signed a new World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) treaty which grants a new suite of rights to performers in Audio Visual Performances.

02 May 2013

Musicians' Union marks 120th anniversary on 7 May

7 May sees the 120th anniversary of the first meeting of musicians in Manchester, which led to the founding of the Musicians' Union. The meeting was called by a 21 year old clarinettist, Joe Williams, who was to become the Union's first General Secretary.

04 Apr 2013

Increase in the Theatrical Management Association (TMA/MU Agreement) rates

The subsistence rates and touring allowance paid under the Union’s collective agreement with the Theatrical Management Association (TMA/MU Agreement) have increased from Monday 1 April across both subsidised and commercial sectors.

13 Mar 2013

MU welcomes new instruments on planes proposal

The Musicians’ Union has welcomed a new proposal before the European Parliament which would finally solve the problems that musicians face when travelling on planes with their instruments.

19 Feb 2013

MU secures fair rates of pay for musicians at King’s Head Theatre

In answer to the enquiries received from members with regards to the rates of pay advertised at The King’s Head Theatre in Islington, London, we are pleased to report that a speedy and positive resolution has been reached.

15 Feb 2013

Class 1 National Insurance Update

The Court of Appeal hearing in the ongoing case of ITV Services Ltd v HMRC has been further adjourned. As a result of this unexpected delay, we are pleased to report that HMRC have decided that due to the “commercial impact” the National Insurance regulations are having on the entertainment industry, they will revert to Ministers as soon as possible with recommendations on the future National Insurance treatment of entertainers.

11 Feb 2013

MU wins SOLT Conciliation

The Conciliation Board has unanimously agreed with the MU position that the NT would be in breach of the terms and conditions of the SOLT / MU agreement by terminating the contracts of the musicians working at War Horse in London.

14 Jan 2013

ITV / MU Agreement - rates increase

As a result of negotiations between the MU and ITV in 2011, there will be an increase of 1.5% to session rates under this agreement for programmes scheduled for off-peak slots, including day-time, and those made for broadcast on secondary channels.

20 Dec 2012

MU and BASCA challenge exception

The MU and the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) have come out against the Govt’s announcement of a private copying exception without fair compensation.

11 Dec 2012

Low levels of pay for musicians revealed

New research commissioned by the Musicians’ Union has been published demonstrating the chronic levels of low pay and no pay for self-employed professional musicians.

14 Nov 2012

MU Launches Fair Pay Campaign

The MU is launching a campaign for fair pay for musicians which can be found at The campaign comes in response to the growing number of examples of musicians being expected to work for free whilst other workers involved in the event are being paid. Share your comments on Twitter using #WorkNotPlayMU.

12 Nov 2012

MU Music Education Hub Representatives

We are in the process of recruiting Hub Representatives and we are very pleased on the amount of interest we have received so far. There is still time to register your interest…

19 Oct 2012

John Smith re-elected as MU General Secretary

John Smith has been re-elected as General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU). John, who first became General Secretary of the MU in 2002, will serve a further five year term.

26 Sep 2012

Musicians' Union Live Music Kit boost to grassroots

The MU offers a ‘Live Music Kit’ containing practical and creative advice for venues to encourage grassroots live music across England and Wales.

20 Sep 2012

Musical instruments on planes debate taken to Brussels

The Association of British Orchestras and the Musicians’ Union recently met with the European Commission’s Department for Transport to discuss legislative opportunities that would enshrine the right of musicians to travel with their instrument in the aircraft cabin.

19 Sep 2012

Get the MU mobile app!

The Musicians' Union app is available in the App Store and Google Play for the iPhone, iPad and mobile phones running the Android operating system.

11 Sep 2012

Café Rouge asking musicians to perform for free

The Musicians’ Union has criticised the Café Rouge ‘Vive la Musique’ charity evenings being held on 18 September 2012 for asking musicians to perform for no fee.

10 Aug 2012

MU’s campaign at the London 2012 Olympics

The MU’s campaign to ensure that musicians were paid at the London 2012 Olympics received media coverage across the UK, Europe and the USA. Unfortunately, LOCOG continued to say that there were no offers of unpaid work to professionals.

05 Jul 2012

London Olympics/Paralympics 2012

If you work for LOCOG or one of the contractors working on the Games and have a problem at work, a procedure has been put in place by the TUC and ACAS to provide advice and assistance to trade union members who find themselves in dispute with their employer/engager.

01 Jul 2012

General Secretary Election 2012

In accordance with current trade union legislation, the Executive Committee announced in the summer issue of The Musician that an election for the position of General Secretary will take place, and invited proposals for nominations to be submitted for consideration by Regional AGMs.

29 Jun 2012

LOCOG owes us some answers

Further to the BBC London News piece in which Horace Trubridge was interviewed about professional musicians being asked to work for no fee at the Olympics, the MU is demanding answers from LOCOG.

27 Jun 2012

MU urging musicians not to work for free at Olympics

We’ve been investigating this situation since April and we have uncovered several instances of professional musicians being asked to work for no fee at the Olympics.

26 Jun 2012

MU welcomes Beijing Treaty

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the new Treaty that has been signed on 26 June at the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) International Diplomatic Conference in Beijing.

30 May 2012

MU calls for consistent policy for instruments on planes

Following British Airways' recent change to carriage policy, the Musicians’ Union is calling for the Government to follow the example that has been set by the U.S. Congress this year and introduce a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes.

16 May 2012

Teachers' Conference 2012

The third MU Teachers’ Conference is set to take place at The Menzies Hotel & Golf Club in Cambridge on 19-20 October. The conference will run over two days with valuable debate, workshops and networking for MU members who teach.

27 Apr 2012

Fair Play: a guide to co-promotions, ticket deals and live opportunities

With this practical guide, musicians can avoid unfair deals and just play the most worthwhile shows.

19 Apr 2012

Will the London 2012 Olympics benefit musicians?

The London 2012 Olympics could be a huge boost to many sectors of the UK economy. However questions are being raised about what it will mean for professional British musicians.

08 Mar 2012

Live Music Bill receives Royal Assent

The Live Music Bill has received Royal Assent today, which makes it the Live Music Act. The Act states that an exemption to the Licensing Act should take place when ‘the live music entertainment takes place in the presence of an audience of no more than 200 persons’.

10 Feb 2012

MU calls for consistent policy for instruments on planes

The Musicians’ Union is calling for the Government to follow the example that has just been set by the U.S. and introduce a uniform national policy regarding musical instruments on airplanes.

10 Feb 2012

UK Music launch Equality & Diversity Charter

In an event at London’s Commonwealth Club on 8 Feb, the UK music industry launched a commitment to increase equality and diversity within the commercial music sector. The founding members of UK Music have agreed to champion the initiative.

20 Jan 2012

Justice for Colombia

Justice for Colombia, the UK trade union movement’s human rights campaign, has been working on Colombia since 2002 to protect human rights and defend trade unionists.

25 Nov 2011

MU welcomes National Plan for Music Education

The MU has welcomed the Government’s National Music Plan. MU National Organiser for Teaching, Diane Widdison, takes a balanced look at the plan.

07 Nov 2011

Congratulations to Steve Winwood, winner of the inaugural MU Classic Rock Award

Musicians’ Union members were invited to vote, for the very first time, for their MU Maestro in the 7th Classic Rock Awards. Voting took place in September and by the end of the month a clear winner had been chosen, the legendary multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist, Steve Winwood.

21 Oct 2011

Joan Armatrading wins Gold Badge Award

This year's Gold Badge, sponsored by the Musicians' Union, has been awarded to Joan Armatrading during a prestigious event at The Savoy, London.

14 Sep 2011

Victory for term extension campaign

The proposal to extend the term of protection of copyright in sound recordings from 50 to 70 years has been accepted in Europe.

10 Aug 2011

Musicians should not have to work for free at charity events

John Smith, General Secretary, appeared on Radio 4's Today programme earlier in the week regarding a motion giving musicians a choice over whether or not to donate their fee.

08 Jun 2011

Jackie Clifton: MBE for her services to music and visually impaired

The Musicians' Union is delighted to acknowledge Jackie Clifton’s MBE in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

26 May 2011

BPI and Musicians' Union unveil new agreement

A new BPI and MU agreement for commissioning and paying UK session musicians comes into force from Wednesday 1 June 2011. The agreement is available to download.

18 Apr 2011

MU launches a Manifesto for Opera in Scotland

The MU is launching a manifesto to create an appetite for opera throughout Scotland, to increase the number of people experiencing it, and to attract and retain creative talent.

03 Mar 2011

MU success for members who busk on the Underground

PRS for Music-registered members with Tube pitches will now find it easy to get paid for playing their own material.

08 Feb 2011

MU and NUT launch partnership

A new alliance with the National Union of Teachers aims to promote music education and oppose cuts to music services.

10 Jan 2011

Union responds to Gove letter

Union criticised by Education Secretary for advising members to avoid touching children during instrumental teaching lessons.