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Songwriting & Composing

Advice on Songwriting & Composing

Most musicians will be involved in music writing to some extent during their career, from writing for themselves or other artists, to composing for film and television, through to teachers arranging works for use by their students. In this section you will find information about important aspects of music writing, such as copyright and royalties. It also highlights some of the resources the MU can provide to help your career such as standard contracts and appropriate rates of pay.

Songwriting & Composing news

The MU is there to protect people's rights and to make sure they're compensated fairly.

David Arnold, award-winning composer



SensoriaPro Event – Discount for MU members


SensoriaPro is a unique, informal gathering of composers, filmmakers, music publishers, music supervisors, games developers and festivals all under one roof to discuss the latest innovations in music and the moving image.


Songwriting Masterclasses with Bernard Butler


The MU is hosting two songwriting masterclasses with renowned songwriter and guitarist, Bernard Butler. The sessions will allow musicians to enjoy and explore the creative process of co-writing by participating through ideas and performance, or by observing as an audience member.


How to Release Your Music and Get Paid


A joint workshop from PRS for Music and The MU on how to release your music and get paid.