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.

#TheShowMustBePaused, One Year Later

The MU and Love Music Hate Racism have partnered to host an online panel reflecting on how the industry has changed one year on from Blackout Tuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused

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.

Creative Freelancer and Business Grants Available in South West England. Apply before May 7th!

In response to the significant impact the pandemic has had on businesses and individuals working in the creative industries, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) launched a new business support programme and grant fund for the cultural and creative sectors, as part of its Regional Recovery Plan. Apply before May 7th at 23:59h!

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!

Let’s Talk About Menopause on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we commemorate the fight for women’s rights and the struggle against the social oppression and inequality historically forced upon women. One of the actions that can benefit the situation of women in society is the spreading of awareness in regards of what affects most of us in our workplaces and lives. For example, menopause!

The Spring Budget: A Mixed Bag For Musicians

After the delivery of the Budget speech last Wednesday, the Musician’s Union analysed the all the announced measures and arrived to the conclusion that, despite there are good news, there’s still work to be done.

3 Ways To Convince Rishi Sunak To #InvestInMusicians

The Musician’s Union is doing everything in their power to get Chancellor Rishi Sunak to invest in musicians. We must hurry to take action as well, because the budget speech will be delivered on Wednesday! Learn about what you can do to help.

Watch The Parliament Discuss Future UK-EU Relations

On Thursday 21st January, representatives from the Musicians Union, the British Film Institute, the British Council and members of the House of Lords had a meeting in which they discussed the new conditions Brexit imposes over the entertainment industry, among other things like why the UK decided not to look into a renewal of participation in the Creative Europe programme.

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.