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Orchestral Work

The MU negotiates and agrees minimum fees and terms and conditions with all major UK orchestras.

If you do any of your work as an orchestra musician, whether full time or freelance, the MU is here to help. We have a dedicated team of specialist Officials, as well as elected MU Orchestral Stewards and dedicated MU Orchestra Section Committees for employed and freelance orchestra members.

We have more than 40 collective agreements with orchestras – from freelance chamber orchestras to large symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. The rates of pay, and terms and conditions for those who play in orchestras are set by the collective agreements.

As well as our collective agreements, we regularly develop new in-house agreements to recognise the unique requirements of individual ensembles who work outside of the orchestral scene.