New MU+FAC Joint Guidance for Session Musicians and Featured Artists

Knowing whether you should be engaged as a session musician or as a featured artist can often be obvious, but there are times when your role can be difficult to determine. This can be particularly difficult for lead vocalists going in to work with another artist or producer, but can also apply to an instrumentalist taking on a lead role.

Take the ‘Black Lives In Music’ Survey

The Musicians’ Union partnered with Black Lives in Music (BLiM), an initiative that seeks to address inequality of opportunity for Black people aspiring to be artists or professionals in the Jazz and Classical music industry, to conduct a survey that allows a deeper and better understanding of the challenges this population faces.

Have Your Say in the UK Music Creators’ Survey 2021

UK Music has launched its flagship UK Music Creators’ Survey, which every year gathers vital data on how the music industry contributes to the UK’s economy. This year, our input is more important than ever, as the whole industry is suffering the effects of the pandemic and the Government’s neglect. Have your say!

How To Keep Working As A British Musician On Europe After Brexit

With a monumental change that is Brexit, a lot of questions and fears arise in regards of the possibility to keep gigging and working as a musician within the European Union. Conditions keep shifting and some bitter surprises appear on the way —such as the rejection by UK government of the EU offer to allow visa-free travel to touring musicians—, so the first step is to prepare in advance as comprehensively as you can.

Available Funds For Musicians

2020 has been a difficult year for the whole entertainment industry, and the fact concerts and other live events have been shut down by the pandemic has made these times particularly hard for musicians. The precarious situation makes the achievements of this year more impressive than ever, but it also creates more difficult starting conditions for 2021. In order to counter all this situation, we share here some funds and initiatives that can help you pay for education, equipment, projects and more, in order to ensure the viability of your music career in the upcoming months.

Reading recommendation: ‘Gender Disparity in UK Jazz” by Sammy Stein

‘Gender Disparity in UK Jazz – A discussion’ is the new book by Sammy Stein, in which she provides a clear vision of the current state of the jazz music scene in terms of gender equality. We recommend it to understand the circumstances and be able to think of informed solutions to move forward. You can find it in Kindle at Amazon UK or elsewhere at just £2.00 as an eBook, £15 as a paperback.

In Need of Support? Check ‘Help Musicians’

Help Musicians is an independent UK charity created with the aim of providing support in times of need but also in times of opportunity, so every musician has what they need to reach their goals. We advise you take a look at their website to see what they are currently offering due to the pandemic and in general, as we believe some of you could find very beneficial programmes to get back on your feet now that the restrictions have been softened.

Now it is true! Musicians are back on stage.

It has been just a few days since we expressed our disbelief at the delay of the decision by the government to allow indoor performances. We mentioned that the measure would be studied again on August 15th and said that, given the circumstances, we expected nothing much than another delay. To our surprise, the outcome was quite the opposite. Indoor performances are allowed since last Saturday!