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MU Communications

Award-winning membership publications, online facilities and merchandise


The Musician journal

The Union's journal, The Musician, is distributed quarterly to members and each edition includes interviews, articles, campaigns, news and reviews.

Reviews of members’ work

To submit your work for review in The Musician, send recordings, full contact info, biog and PR material to: Reviews, The Musician, 60-62 Clapham Rd, London SW9 0JJ. You should also forward your cover artwork and/ or photos (minimum 300dpi resolution) to:

If you wish to submit an online release for consideration, please email Keith Ames with either MP3 files or links to where the track can be accessed. All releases to be considered must be available to MU members, the industry and public. Please note we try to support as many members as possible, and preference is given to members not previously reviewed.

MU Members’ Handbook

The MU annually the go-to guide to all the services of the Union: the MU Members’ Handbook.

A previous winner in the Best Publication category at the TUC Comms Awards, the book contains comprehensive career advice for the working musician, full information on how the Union works, together with details of the Union’s insurance cover and a highly valued tax savings guide.

The Musician Extra

The MU’s Regions and Sections regularly produce The Musician Extra newsletters for distribution to the appropriate members. The six Regional editions of The Musician Extra are produced for members in advance of the Regional AGMs that are held each autumn. 

Those from the MU Sections, and the Equalities Committee, are produced in keeping with the demands of the relevant democratic procedures.

Email communications

The MU increasingly keeps members up-to-date with news and events via our dedicated MU News facility by distributing customised emails. These range from releases specifically promoting an event and calling for registrations, to the nationally distributed MU News, which contains news of significant campaigns and results. In order that you can benefit fully from the MU’s developing range of member communications, please ensure that the Union has your up-to-date email address on file. You can do this by visiting your own membership file online or by contacting your Regional Office.

Free MU merchandise

The MU produces a wide variety of merchandise for its members, in order to promote membership of the Union and support our campaigns. These items include lanyards, beermats, badges, flyers, pens, pencils, T-shirts, stickers, bags and posters. Many of these items are free to members and available from your Regional Office.

National events

The Union puts on numerous events for members during the year and details of these are sent to members by email. Such events may be organised by your Region or a national MU department. The Union also regularly has a presence at major trade shows. Look out for details of these in MU member communications.

Audio resources

All MU audio files available here have been recorded by Judith Furse / Neil Crossley.

For more editions of The Musician in audio please visit our SoundCloud.

Delegate Conference Motions 2017 - MP3 format.

Large print resources

In addition to providing The Musician in audio and the large print versions of The Musician Extra, all documents provided by the MU, including rate cards and advice leaflets, can be requested in large print from your Regional Office.

Large print downloads

Midlands Extra August 2018 - Large Print (PDF 3.87 MB file opens in new window)

The Musician Winter 2017 - Large Print (PDF 602.63 bytes file opens in new window)

The Musician Autumn 2017 - Large Print (PDF 549.45 bytes file opens in new window)

The Musician Summer 2018 - Large Print (PDF 1.34 MB file opens in new window)

The Musician Spring 2018 - Large Print (PDF 1.52 MB file opens in new window)

East & SE England Extra August 2018 - Large Print (PDF 3.62 MB file opens in new window)

London Extra August 2018 - Large Print (PDF 5.11 MB file opens in new window)

North of England Extra August 2018 - Large Print (PDF 4.33 MB file opens in new window)

Scotland & NI Extra August 2018 - Large Print (PDF 3.71 MB file opens in new window)

The Musician Autumn 2018 - Large Print (PDF 1.39 MB file opens in new window)

The Musician Winter 2018 - Large Print (PDF 1.64 MB file opens in new window)

Wales & SW England Extra August 2018 - Large Print (PDF 3.86 MB file opens in new window)