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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Find advice and read the latest news on Coronavirus for musicians

Please use our advice finder above to jump to the relevant guidance.

First and foremost please monitor the updates issued online by the government and comply with all guidance provided. Some other general points it’s wise to consider include:

  • Normal hygiene precautions – In order to slow the spread of COVID-19, please observe the advice on the NHS website which has some important guidance on catching and spreading germs.
  • Self-isolation, testing and tracing – If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, it is important that you self-isolate and follow the Government's advice on testing and tracing. For detailed guidance, see the NHS website.
  • Observing the lockdown – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are currently in different levels of lockdown and firebreak measures, read our latest advice.
  • Taking care of your mental health too – Check out our Mental Health Support page for resources for musicians. There’s some good, more general information on the Mind website with links to online resources too.

Latest Coronavirus news

MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl looks at the role misogyny plays and creating safe workplaces for women.

On Monday 23 November the Prime Minister confirmed that national restrictions in England will come to an end on Wednesday 2 December.

The Musicians’ Union has written to the Government to request more pragmatic and clearer guidance for instrumental and vocal learning during the next period of restrictions in England.

Members are encouraged to use the eligibility check and prepare their evidence in advance of the second phase of the Welsh Freelancer Fund opening at 10:00 am on Monday 23 November.

UK Music’s annual Music By Numbers report reveals the £5.8bn boost to the economy before Covid-19’s catastrophic blow – and renewed calls for Government action to protect the industry.

MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge explains how, due to our unprecedented times and the Union’s need for stability and continuity, he will be standing again for election to the position of General Secretary for a further term at the beginning of 2022.