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Members in England can now find out which tier will apply to them when lockdown measures are lifted on Wednesday 2 December, and check it against our advice for musicians under the different levels.

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Our impact surveys have been vital in calling on the Government to protect the music industry and the musicians who are falling through the gaps in their support schemes. Be sure your voice is heard and take our next survey now.

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The Government’s re-worked three tier system has given us reason for concern, in particular the new cap on capacities for indoor live events under Tiers 1 and 2.

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In welcome news for the self-employed, today’s Spending Review from the Government confirms that changes to the Universal Credit Minimum Income Floor will stay in place.

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

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

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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.

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Musicians Tom Gray, Nadine Shah, Guy Garvey and Ed O’Brien will be giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry into the economics of music streaming.

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