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National Lottery Community Fund applications have been made easier. Organisations can now submit their idea through a website form, structured around six main questions.

The Women Chainmakers’ festival will be held 11:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday 6 July in Mary Macarthur Gardens, Cradley Heath, B64 5AB. The MU is looking for volunteers to steward or help on the stall on the day.

Musicians’ Union Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl spoke to BBC Woman’s Hour about sexism, sexual harassment and abuse in the music industry following a Newsbeat investigation into the harassment experienced by fans.

Members are urged to write to the Council, after developers seek to by-pass the protective measures put in place by Milton Keynes Council to save established music venue the Stables.

The MU welcomes the news that the Welsh Government has officially announced that it will now primarily argue for the UK to stay in the EU.

The MU has united with music trade organisations and charities in a bid to support UK artists and businesses impacted by the collapse of PledgeMusic – launching an impact assessment survey to help all those financially affected.

The MU are excited to announce that we will be marching at various Prides across the country this summer.

Touring is an integral part of many musicians’ careers, but it can be more complicated than simply turning up to perform.

Bristol @ Night, an advisory group on the night time economy for Bristol Council, is calling on musicians to assist them in their consultation into Cumulative Impact Areas (CIAs) in Bristol by completing a short survey.

Musicians’ Union (MU) delegates called for inclusive music education for all children at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Disabled Workers Conference.

In the light of recent legislation being introduced regarding consumer contracts and distance selling, the MU has put together these accompanying notes.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling for a General Election to follow the resignation of the Prime Minister.

Nearly 7 in 10 (68%) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people report being sexually harassed at work, according to new research published by the TUC on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia today.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are proposing to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order which means that buskers could be subjected to a fine of up to £1000.

BBC Scotland’s new discussion programme, hosted by Stephen Jardine, is looking for members to be part of the audience and put their questions to the people in power.

A new partnership between BAPAM and Liverpool Philharmonic is now providing free Performing Arts Medicine Clinics at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes Arts Council England’s (ACE) announcement of a new ring-fenced budget to support projects hosting and promoting live music in grassroots venues.

Music crowdfunding website Pledge Music, which registers over 45,000 musicians, has announced it will be going into administration

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is supporting Make Music Day – an event which aims to turn the country into a stage and offer a full spectrum of performers the opportunity to display their musical skills.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) will be joining Birmingham Pride march on 25 May 2019.

Scottish duo The Eves, Caroline Gilmour and Marissa Keltie , talk through their reasons for joining the Musicians’ Union (MU) and why it’s benefited them.

Members are encouraged to join a May Day March, where trade unionists and the labour movement will come together to celebrate efforts to improve workers’ rights.

A crowd funding appeal is underway to raise £15,000 to pay the legal fees for the necessary first steps in a potential judicial review of the lawfulness of fees for musical instrument tuition in Scotland's state schools.

Campaign group Labour for a Public Vote is calling on everyone who supports a People’s Vote to sign their petition for a confirmatory vote on Brexit.

UK Music has launched its annual music industry survey, and the Musicians’ Union is encouraging members to take part.

BAPAM (the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine) are opening a new free clinic for performing arts professionals and students in Northern Ireland.

The Musicians’ Union is delighted that the TUC Black Workers Conference voted to support music education in schools and end discrimination against drill artists.

Outstanding violist, violinist, conductor and founding member of the Arditti Quartet.

Members are encouraged to join a May Day March, where trade unionists and the labour movement will come together to celebrate efforts to improve workers’ rights.

The MU is concerned at the recent protests in Birmingham regarding schools teaching about same-sex relationships, LGBTQ+ rights and topics covered in the Equality Act 2010.

Musicians’ Union members may be interested in this pivotal fund for independent music creators, which offers a support package across creative, well-being and business.

PRS for Music and The Musicians’ Union (MU) are running a series of events running across the North of England entitled 'How To Release Your Music and Get Paid'. They will explore the issues that may affect artists releasing their own music.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has launched State of Play, a comprehensive report into the state of music education, following extensive research led by Dr Jonathan Savage (Manchester Metropolitan University) and David Barnard (MU Music Education Official).

We are delighted that Musicians’ Union (MU) Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl is recognised on the Alternative Power 100 Music List. This year’s theme is community, a value at the heart of the trade union movement.

Theresa May’s Brexit deal has today been voted down by the House of Commons. The UK now has until 12 April 2019 to set out its next steps. Any delay beyond 12 April will be dependent on approval from the EU.

The following rate increases will apply from 1 April 2019 for musicians working under the Musicians’ Union’s (MU) agreement with UK Theatre.

What’s Going on Now? (WGON) is a major examination of music education and youth music making in Scotland and builds on research published in 2003 titled ‘What’s Going On?’.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) will be holding a series of workshops exploring how your habits of movement can constrain your potential – both on and off the stage.

‘Music Tutor’s Hero’ aims to help self-employed music teachers deliver interactive lessons for pupils and parents whilst enhancing their teaching business.

Home of Metal is a celebration of the music that was born in Birmingham. It’s exhibitions and events seek to join the dots between music, social history, visual art and fan cultures to produce a new perspective on Heavy Metal.

Musicians’ Union (MU) launches Fair Engagement Guide for Performing and Touring with Featured Artists.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that the European Parliament has passed the final Copyright Directive text.

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD) is offering Musicians’ Union (MU) members a 10% discount on their short courses ‘Creative Music Training: Working with Young People’ and ‘Body Mapping’.

The MU and the ABO have created a joint Manifesto for British Orchestras and are collectively inviting orchestras to sign up.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the European Union’s (EU) offer to postpone Brexit beyond 29 March. We had real concerns that parliament would not come to an agreement in time to avoid a No Deal scenario.

The Traditional Music Forum has launched a survey which aims to capture the economic realities for traditional and folk musicians in Scotland today.

Arts Council England (ACE) are running a survey to identify and assess the challenges, opportunities and funding needs within the Midlands’ music scene, enabling them to target future support effectively.

SkillCheck is a tool created by unionlearn for the use of unions to help deliver learning in the workplace.

The Musicians' Union (MU) will have a presence at the People’s Vote march in London on 23 March, and has t-shirts and placards available for members who plan to attend.

A tribute to John Edney, 30 August 1935 – 23 January 2019. Compiled from tributes by Nigel Douglas, Steve Dagg and John Smith.

The MU and have combined forces to support women in the industry by matching fellow musicians together, to help one another grow and succeed in their careers.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement that the Labour Party backs a second referendum, in line with Labour policy decided by members and affiliate trade unions at Labour Party Conference in September.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes news of cross-party support from senior MPs following UK Music’s call for grassroots music venues to be eligible to apply for business rates discounts.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes the news that European decision-makers have reached a tentative agreement to bring the EU’s copyright framework into the 21st century.

Shoogle Studios and the Musicians’ Union have teamed up once again to bring MU members the unmissable opportunity to attend a Soma Skool music production course in Glasgow.

The Copyright Directive is under immediate threat from lobbying. The UK Council of Music Makers, of which the MU is a member, is urgently calling on negotiators to proceed with the Copyright Directive.

There are concerns that the UK Ivory Bill, which is due to come into force later in 2019, will cause significant issues for owners of antique bows. A petition is in circulation, calling for a new exemption to be added.

The survey aims to look at the root causes of mental ill health in work, how to challenge these, and wider societal issues around mental health.

The Transmission Fund provides grants of £500 - £1,500 to fund opportunities that focus on developing your artistic practice and furthering your professional development at a crucial point in your career.

A musical flash mob will be gathering on Tuesday 12 February outside the council chambers in Dalkeith, to protest Midlothian Council’s recently announced plan to axe music tuition in its schools.

PPL has announced that their international collection has grown over 40 per cent from 2017 to 2018. The Musicians’ Union welcomes this announcement as excellent news for their members.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed its consternation at the announcement by Midlothian Council that it is set to entirely axe all musical instrument tuition in its schools - bar for children who are studying for Higher or National Five exams in the subject. This will make it the first local authority in Scotland to take such unwelcome action.

Book, music and lyrics (BML) is a talent development programme for composers and lyricists in musical theatre.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) met today with crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, to discuss outstanding payments owed to musicians.

Are you a touring musician, regularly record commercial audio, or both? The Recording & Broadcasting section is actively seeking members to help find out more about the use of backing tracks and stems – particularly on tours.

Guildhall School is running a practical evening course to support musicians and actors in their lives and creative work by reducing stress.

A new exhibition exploring the history of the Musicians' Union in the 1980s, Pop and Protest, is on display in the University of Stirling Library until the end of March 2019.

An Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London from 8 April 2019.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is sponsoring the Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award, which is being held for a second time by the Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) and Culture Matters.

The Musicians’ Union Executive Committee have endorsed a 3.3% increase for the General Terms & Conditions for Arranging, Music Preparation and Orchestration rates.

Concerns have been raised by the Musicians’ Union (MU) over a consultation launched by the London Borough of Newham Council, which seeks to scrap its ‘Every Child a Musician’ programme.

While unions are in no doubt that sexual harassment in the workplace is a widespread problem, TUC Wales are seeking extra data to equip Trades Unions with the knowledge they need to stop this happening.

Help Musicians Scotland would like to hear from musicians, and those working in the music sector, on what additional support they could be providing.

Theresa May’s proposed Withdrawal Agreement has tonight been soundly defeated in the House of Commons.

Musicians’ Union (MU) members are encouraged to join a march on Saturday, 19 January, to protect Cardiff grassroots music venue Gwdihw.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the statement by Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education, published today in The Times.

Musicians in the Midlands interested in playing at Trades Union events should contact their regional office. All events to be paid at recommended MU live rates.

UK Music has published an extensive myth-buster, answering common questions about Article 13 – a part of the proposed new Copyright Directive which is being considered by the European institutions.

The MU is offering up to five members a one-third fees bursary for a new Certificate for Music Educators (CME) programme being run by Morley College in London.

New rates for ITV recording sessions will come into force from 1st January 2019, as follows.

The Performers’ Alliance APPG inquiry, ‘Breaking the Class Ceiling in the Arts’ looks at social mobility in the creative sector.

A refreshed list of discounts for Musicians’ Union (MU) members in London has been released. Read the details below, or download the PDF for later.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed concerns following a further round of cuts to Birmingham culture.

Attitude is Everything is asking musicians who identify as deaf or disabled persons – or don’t identify but have a health condition or impairment that impacts their daily life – to share their experiences.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on members to protect vital Cardiff music venue Gwdihŵ Café Bar by signing an urgent petition.

The Winter 2018 version of the MU’s journal, The Musician, has just been released. As well as print copies distributed to members, it’s available to read as an online magazine – and in large print and audio format too.

Since our last blog, the Government has been defeated in several key votes and the crucial vote on the Brexit Deal scheduled for Tuesday 11 December has been postponed.

The video, titled ‘I am music’, celebrates the power of music to lift spirits, communities and the economy, whilst encouraging music lovers to sign-up as supporters.

It’s been a busy few weeks for Brexit watchers. Earlier this month, the Prime Minister and the European Union released the proposed Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

A petition to the National Assembly for Wales, highlighting some of the current issues in music education across Wales and calling for action, is gathering signatures.

If you are looking for assistance in connection with any non-work related legal matters, you can now contact the Musicians’ Union’s (MU) new members’ helpline, where we are offering free legal advice for up to half an hour via Morrish Solicitors.

New statistics from the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport show that the UK’s roaring creative industries have made a record contribution to the economy in 2017 – smashing through the £100 billion mark.

New rates for BPI recording sessions will come into force from 1st January 2019.

Musicians’ Union Executive Committee member Rick Finlay has published a report covering the discussion that took place at the conference. It is now available to download, along with the full text of the FIM/AFM’s Burbank Declaration.

The ability to travel and work freely and easily in Europe is of paramount importance to our members, and we will continue to fight either for freedom of movement or, at the very least, a simple, cheap and admin-light EU touring visa for musicians and performers.

Have You Made A Music Related Decision Recently? Researchers at the University of Liverpool are interested to know: What that decision was? And how you made it? These two questions are the foundation of a new survey entitled Thinking Out Loud.

The Artist:Entrepreneur Day from the Featured Artists Coalition and CMU:DIY will be staged in Belfast on Sunday 18, in partnership with Help Musicians NI.

The Musicians’ Union has released a “Let every child learn music” Facebook Frame to highlight access to music lessons in schools.

New data released today (6 November 2018) shows many parts of the UK are at risk of under-representation in the music industry, as lower income families are priced out of music lessons.

UK Music’s 2018 Measuring Music report has revealed rises in UK music industry exports, recorded music and publishing revenues and music industry jobs.

BBC Introducing Live at Tobacco Docks is a new three-day music festival, hosting over 100 masterclasses, workshops and panel discussions – and featuring over 250 speakers from across the music industry, including representatives from the MU.

Annual conference ‘Sound of Belfast’ will see a huge variety of events hosted at venues across Belfast. The MU will be in attendance, hosting a networking event and a panel discussion on gigging and promoting your live act.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) joined artists, industry bodies and MP’s outside Parliament to support the Second Reading of Tracy Brabin MP’s Selfie Leave Bill.

After 29 years Musicians’ Union (MU) National Organiser Orchestras Bill Kerr will be retiring from the MU on 8 February 2019.

PRS for Music and PPL are expanding their distribution policies to include data generated from music recognition technology, in turn improving the accuracy of royalty distributions. This means that any more dance music creators will receive royalties from performances of their music played by DJs in nightclubs.

IFPI released its ‘Music Consumer Insight Report 2018’ earlier this month. The report examines the ways in which music consumers aged 16-64 engage with recorded music across 20 of the world’s largest music markets.

The Regional Organiser’s report from the recent Midlands Region AGM held in Birmingham on 11 September 2018 is now available.

Young Guns Network (YGN), a networking group for young professionals in the music industry, will celebrate its fifth anniversary with the launch of a year-long programme of seminars and events in London.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has welcomed the Brexit motion that was passed at Labour Party Conference last week.

The UK Council of Music Makers (CMM) – comprising of the Musicians Union (MU), British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors, Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), Music Managers Forum and the Music Producers Guild – launched on 13 September.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) will be holding its fifth congress event on 6-7 November in Sheffield, giving artists the opportunity to hear about developments and challenges within the festival sector as it prepares for the 2019 season.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Government and Parliament to introduce a European Union (EU) touring visa for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit.

The Executive Committee of the Musicians’ Union (MU) has voted to back this campaign at its September meeting.

‘Fast-track’ or premium processing fees for US visa applications will be increasing from $1225 to $1410.

September 12 will see a crucial vote on the EU Copyright Directive, which aims to update current legislation and address the balance between billion-pound content platforms, and the meagre profit passed on to the content creators.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has expressed its concerns about liquidation proceedings being commenced for 'Geronimo Festival UK Ltd’ which owes MU members several thousand pounds.

Shoogle Studios and the Musicians’ Union have teamed up once again to bring MU members the unmissable opportunity to attend a Soma Skool music production course.

St George’s is a vibrant Bristol concert venue that hosts classical, jazz, folk and world concerts, plus spoken word and family events.

Blind sitar master Baluji Shrivastav OBE – who you may have seen featured in our Musician Behind the Moment campaign – has produced a music, dance and visual performance which considers sight and sightlessness.

North London music venue The Garage has launched a campaign to safeguard its future, in the face of an increasingly tough environment that has seen more than 40 percent of grassroots venues close in the capital over the last decade.

UK Music recently launched its annual survey into diversity in the music industry – working to ensure that the music workforce reflects the diversity of its fans.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that the House of Lords’ European Union Home Affairs Sub-Committee is calling for clarity on free movement post-Brexit in the cultural sector.

Yesterday, 24 July, the Agent of Change Principle was introduced into the Government’s National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England – a victory for grassroots venues, musicians and audiences.

A number of business in South West England and Wales are now offering discounts to Musicians’ Union (MU) members, both in person and online.

Joint research by the Musicians’ Union (MU), Equity and the ISM reveal one in two music, dance and drama students are at risk from bullying and discrimination, including sexual harassment.

MU members have been offered discounted tickets for the following shows at the Edinburgh Fringe.

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the Musicians’ Union (MU), which jointly represent the interests of the UK’s professional musicians, have launched a set of principles to ‘tackle and prevent bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector.’

The Musicians’ Union (MU) have put together some practical examples of how the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) may impact on members.

The fight goes on to ensure fair payments for use of musicians’ and creators’ work online.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Welsh Government, Local Authorities, and other organisations in Wales to support and strengthen music education provision.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has been lobbying for several years to achieve fair compensation for performers, including session musicians, from streaming services and user-upload sites such as YouTube.

The Stables, the iconic live music venue established in 1970 by Dame Cleo Laine and Sir John Dankworth in Wavendon, is under threat due to plans for a new housing development nearby.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is supporting Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) with their wide-scale, first of a kind survey, and is calling on members to take part.

A guest post from Melissa James on her event ‘And Still We Rise’ – which was organised in collaboration with the MU – and the women who raised their voices alongside her.

Help build a picture of youth music activity in Scotland, and shape the future of music in Scotland, with this 5 - 15 minute survey.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Government for an overhaul of music education provision. The MU made the call in written evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture and sport.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has commissioned an extensive piece of research into the state of music education in the United Kingdom today. Please help but completing the survey most relevant to yourself.

This post continues from the Tributes article published in The Musician Summer 2018. It features full tributes for musicians Morfen Edwards, Colin Larn, Tommy Ford, Pete Warner, Skip Humphries, Ian Cameron and John Welch.

Margot James MP, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries met with the Musicians’ Union (MU) to discuss issues around musicians travelling and working abroad post-Brexit.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be taking a delegation of Union members to the annual Trades Union Congress (TUC) LGBT+ Conference.

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have launched Theatre Helpline, a free phone and email service to support theatre professionals with any issue affecting their health and wellbeing.

The campaign for free music tuition in Scottish state schools continues to gain momentum, as campaigners stage a pop-up orchestra in Glasgow’s George Square.

BAPAM have launched a series Vocal Health Advice Workshops, to support professional and student voice users who are waiting for a clinical assessment at a Voice Clinic.

The ‘We All Make Music’ guide aims support the diversification of the music education workforce. After Drake Music's research revealed that disabled people are very under-represented in music

The Musicians’ Union has expressed its delight at the exciting news that the BBC has announced plans for new music studios in Stratford.

The Copyright Tribunal has approved a revision to PRS’s Tariff LP following three years of discussions between PRS and representatives of the live sector.

A petition to the Scottish Parliament is gathering signatures, calling for free lessons to be available to all Scottish state school students who wish to learn a musical instrument.

UK Music's chief executive Michael Dugher has attacked Google for failing to act over rip-off ticket sales by Viagogo. The MU supports this move, and calls on Google to fight against parasitic secondary ticket sales.

MU members are calling on Conference to make the performing arts more inclusive, both on and off stage, and to encourage other trade unions to follow suit by supporting the Let Me ON Stage campaign led by Drake Music Scotland.

The Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is calling for immediate action to address inequalities in the screen industries, a move supported by the Musicians' Union (MU) for its knock on effects.

On Saturday 12 May, thousands of people will march through London to demand a new deal for working people. The Musicians’ Union (MU) will be taking part, and would like to invite MU members to join them from 11:00 am.

Advice for Musicians’ Union (MU) members who are concerned about GDPR and how it will affect them.

New research by the Musicians’ Union (MU) has found that 44% of the UK’s orchestral musicians say they don’t earn enough to live on, putting the future of the nation’s orchestras at risk.

UK Music has launched its 2018 Measuring Music survey. Your input can help assess the current health of the UK’s music industry, and lobby for it’s future.

The government is considering a change to the current VAT registration threshold, which may affect small buisnesses, including freelance musicians. They are calling for the public to contribute their opinions and experiences.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) was delighted to attend the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Black Workers’ Conference

Following lobbying from the music industry, including the Musicians' Union (MU), The UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) ivory ban will give some exemptions for musical instruments.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra violinist, and Musicians’ Union representative David Rimbault received the prestigious Salomon Prize in recognition of his tireless commitment to the orchestra and its audiences.

The publication will provide guidance on the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and how it affects musicians travelling with instruments.

The Musicians’ Union encourages Scottish and Northern Irish members to join the May Day marches which will be taking place in Dundee, Belfast, Edinburgh, Irvine and Glasgow.

Joint initiative launched between the Musicians' Union, Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and Equity to make study in higher education a safe and positive experience for everyone.

MU member Amy Fitz Doyley moved the MU’s motion on sexual harassment, abuse, discrimination and exploitation with a powerful speech on the issue.

On Thursday 22 March, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James MP agreed to meet the Musicians' Union (MU) to discuss musicians' right to travel freely and easily in the European Union post-Brexit.

In response to a tweet from the Musicians' Union (MU) highlighting the MU's pledge and petition, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries agreed to raise the issue of musicians' ability to travel freely and easily post-Brexit in Parliament.

The Musicians' Union (MU) is pleased to announce the launch of The Musical Theatre Kit – a joint publication with the Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB). The Kit will provide a vital map to the creation, development and production of musicals.

UK Music – of which the Musicians’ Union (MU) is a member – and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, today unveiled plans to introduce a Music Board for the Liverpool City Region.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be attending TUC Women’s Conference once again. The MU is taking two motions to TUC Women’s Conference focusing on festival line-ups, and sexual harassment in the music industry.

MU members can claim a 50% discount on Remi Harris MBE's, "Easy Money: The Definitive UK Guide to Funding Music Projects".

It was announced on Thursday that the Stratford ArtsHouse – home to the Orchestra of the Swan – is due to close on 5 May. Act now to help secure the future of this essential community space.

Meet members of the Musicians' Union (MU) Education team at the Music & Drama Education Expo. Find us on stand G1.

Small venues continue to face threats that could affect their long-term future, warns UK’s first Live Music Census.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is celebrating the incorporation of the Agent of Change principle into Scottish Planning Policy.

The Musicians’ Union endorses the findings of new BBC research, which reveals the devastating impact of cuts to arts subjects.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has been having fruitful discussions with British Airways, who are actively seeking workable solutions for guitars and larger instruments.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) opposes recent changes to the terms of YouTube’s Partner Programme. The changes will affect who can monetise content on the platform, and may affect MU members looking to grow their channels.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) welcomes Government’s announcement to back vital plans to save music venues by adopting agent of Change into the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).

UK Music has brought together leading figures from the music industry to launch a parliamentary battle entitled ‘Agent of Change’ to save music venues from closure.

Music has been placed at the heart of Cardiff’s future with the Welsh capital being officially declared a Music City - the first of its kind in the UK.

In October, singer/songwriter Melissa James organisd an event in the Houses of Parliament to highlight the mental health ‘Big Sing’ initiative, SING4SANE.

A ministerial statement on Planning was made at Holyrood on the Tuesday 5 December by Lewis MacDonald MSP in regards to the implementation of the Agent of Change principle in Scotland.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is working with the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) following proposed cuts to the music service in Fife.

The MU is collating case studies of members who have recording agreements that date back to before the emergence of downloads and streaming as the predominant way in which consumers listen to recorded music.

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) today launched its landmark new 24/7 mental health service ‘Music Minds Matter’ for anyone working in the music industry.

Members’ responses needed to support an exemption for musical instruments.

Support at Westminster is mounting for a new law to protect music venues – something the Musicians’ Union (MU) has been lobbying for individually and as part of music industry umbrella group UK Music.

In the spring of 2018 BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrates its 90th birthday, and to mark this milestone the orchestra is inviting people to share their stories and experiences.

Pirate Studios have just opened new rehearsal & DJ rooms in Reading and are offering members a number of free sessions until 14 December.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that Denbighshire Music Co-operative (DMC) has won the ‘One to Watch’ category in the 2017 Social Business Wales Awards. This award recognises DMC’s success in the last two years and its ‘significant promise for the future’, and they will now go on to represent Wales in the UK Social Enterprise Awards 2017.

The Musicians’ Union is concerned by Wrexham County Borough Council’s recently published budget proposals for 2018-20, which include a complete cut to the Wrexham Music Service budget. Withdrawing funding completely without considering how best to create a music service that is sustainable in the long term is a major threat to music provision for young people in Wrexham as well as teachers’ jobs.

In Stockholm this week, a meeting of the Nordic Musicians’ Unions (NMU) and British Musicians’ Union (MU) discussed the issue of gender inequality, sexism and sexual harassment. This is what they agreed.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that concerns raised by the MU, British Underground, UK Music and other industry bodies as well as countless musicians to the Metropolitan Police have been listened to and form 696 has been scrapped.

A weekend of exclusive masterclasses, interviews and keynote speeches for songwriters and artists organised by The Songwriting Academy.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is disheartened to hear of yet another small venue under threat from adjacent development – this time Bristol’s Thekla. #SaveThekla #KeepMusicLive

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is hosting two initial drop-in events to allow musicians to talk about their experiences of sexual harassment in the music industry, and consider ways the MU could offer further support and be a catalyst for change.

The Proclaimers’ Craig and Charlie Reid, Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross, Idlewild’s Rod Jones, Hue and Cry’s Pat Kane and singer-songwriter Rab Noakes have signed the Musicians’ Union petition calling for free movement for musicians working in the European Union post-Brexit.

We are here to offer support and guidance if you face sexual harassment, exploitation or abuse at work. If you are an employed or self-employed musician, regardless of which part of the industry you work in, you can talk to us. We will listen.

BOOK Music & Lyrics (BML), the UK’s only ongoing professional development programme for emerging musical theatre librettists, composers and lyricists, will be holding free taster sessions for potential new participants for later this month.

This year's event for all drummers and percussionists takes place at London's Olympia on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th November 2017.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted that AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, may be another step closer to winning its battle to prevent a neighbouring basement excavation.

You may have seen in the media recently, that the Government has issued a 12 week consultation on a proposed total ban on the export/import and sale of ivory. The Musicians’ Union (MU) has been working closely with industry partners and the International Federation for Animal Welfare to ensure a musical instrument exemption is in place.

Plans to build flats on Cardiff’s Womanby Street, that would have put local venues including Clwb Ifor Back under threat, have been withdrawn.

The recorded music used in the current UK tour of War Horse will be re-recorded using UK musicians.

The Regional Organiser’s report from the recent Midlands Region AGM held in Birmingham on 12 September 2017 is now available.

About Flutes is a new website for flautists, flute students and flute teachers which the MU is launching in November.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has released its fourth annual report into the state of music education in England, and looks at how to improve the situation for teachers and students alike.

The European Union Youth Orchestra is the second orchestra to announce it’s leaving the UK since the Brexit referendum last year, in part due to concerns over restricted freedom of movement for working musicians.

The Scottish Government is in the initial stages of launching a consultation into a Cultural Strategy for Scotland. Have your say at one of their public events.

Sign the #WorkingInTheEU petition to call on Government and Parliament to back free movement for musicians post-Brexit. It only takes a couple of minutes, and can make a really big difference to our campaign.

The Musicians' Union (MU) added its voice to calls to reverse the recently imposed ban on musicians at St Sepulchre's, known as the National Musicians' Church. Please sign the petition and support music at this historic venue.

AIR Studios has been fighting a planning application for major alteration works that would cause such disruption that the studio would most likely close. Show your support at the upcoming planning hearing.

Drake Music is running a 3-year ‘on the job’ training programme for emerging disabled musicians. Apply now!

Sixty Million Postcards, a grassroots music venue based in Bournemouth, has become the 100th venue to join the MU’s Fair Play Venue scheme.

MU members can get a discount for a number of Fair Pley shows in Edinburgh during August

A London couple have won their long-running legal battle with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea council over a noise abatement notice that severely restricted the amount of time their children could practise the piano in their own home.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) continues to lobby at European Union (EU) and UK levels for fair remuneration for performers and songwriters from streaming.

The BBC is proposing significant changes and major investments across the UK and wants to do more to recognise the importance of spending more of the licence fee, raised in Scotland, on Scottish content and services.

The MU were proud to sponsor the Rising Star Award at the Scottish Jazz Awards, which took place on Sunday 29th June and closed the Glasgow Jazz Festival, and is now the city’s longest running music event.

Musicians’ Union (MU) Midlands officials recovered over £6,300 in outstanding unpaid gig monies and cancellation fees on behalf of nine members in the second quarter of 2017.

Save the dates – a look at the festivals, workshops and events coming up in the Musicians’ Union (MU) Midlands Region.

Musicians’ Union (MU) Midlands is exploring how to use the Midlands Cultural Manifesto as a campaigning tool to encourage the West Midlands Combined Authority and local councils to support music.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to be taking part in the Trades Union Congress (TUC) LGBT+ Conference once again. This year, the MU’s motion is about mental health. #TUCLGBT

A brief guidance sheet for musicians who gig and tour regarding what to do in the case of a terrorist incident at a gig or performance.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) North of England Region will be hosting a range of events over the next two months, free for MU members. Take a look, and get involved.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on MPs to support musicians working in the EU – share the pledge! #WorkingInTheEU

‘Your MU’ events are a new and unique opportunity to meet your Musicians’ Union (MU) North of England officials, network with other members, learn more about the Union and its activities, and get involved in an informal setting.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is now included in the latest edition of The Short Guide to Accessible Music Education.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is pleased by many of the policies in the Labour manifesto, and that the Labour Party has acknowledged major concerns that musicians have around Brexit.

BBC Store ceased trading on 25 May 2017, due to lack of customer demand for the service. If you have any concerns about how this might affect you, please contact the Musicians’ Union.

Studio 24 has closed its doors after 25 years, with the development of residential flats next to the venue. The Musicians’ Union continues to call and campaign for Agent of Change in Scotland.

Musicians’ Union (MU) members can book £5 tickets for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra concerts at Glasgow Trombone Weekend in June.

The memorial service for former bassist and MU Executive Committee member Tom Edwards will be taking place on the afternoon of Friday 2 June at Thornhill Crematorium, Cardiff.

Save Womanby Street campaigners in Wales have won a significant victory in their battle to protect live music venues, as the Welsh government is set to revise its planning policy in line with the Agent of Change principle.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is delighted to have attended the TUC’s Disabled Workers’ Conference, with delegates John and Heidi representing MU members

Air Canada wins the newly-created FIM Airline of Choice Award for their exemplary policies on musicians travelling with instruments.

This year, we’re proud to be doing more than ever to support, engage and celebrate our LGBT+ members.

Over 1000 people, including a delegation from the Musicians’ Union, attended the highly successful Save Womanby Street march to Cardiff City Hall on Saturday 29 April.

We support the Campaign for Parental Pay Equality. Please take their short survey to help make the case for Shared Parental Pay for self-employed parents.

STUC passes MU motion acknowledging the challenges of the gig economy, how we can better protect independent workers and grow the union movement.

Join a May Day March throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland at one of the following locations.

The Culture Manifesto aims to achieve a sustainable cultural economy, and provide long term work opportunities for musicians and other creative workers.

Festival organisers are looking for a Music Organiser, starting in July 2017 for a fixed term until July 2018.

Two Cardiff AMs are calling on the Welsh Government to change planning laws in Wales to protect the future of live music venues in the centre of Cardiff.

Naomi Pohl has been appointed as MU Assistant General Secretary, Music Industry, and becomes the first female to join the Union’s team of senior officials in the Union’s 124-year history.

TUC Black Workers Conference voted to support the MU’s motion on the Stop Rainbow Racism Campaign and the anti-racism code of practice.

Musician Stephen Sykes was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February 2016. Donate via GoFundMe ot sign up to be a potential blood stem cell donor.

TUC Young Workers’ Conference supports MU motion on protecting freelance workers.

The General Federation of Trade Unions has announced its education programme for 2017-18.

An exemption for musical instruments has been proposed to the planned ivory ban, which will be under consultation in April.

Live music in Wales is under increasingly under threat. Add your voice to the petition calling for Agent of Change in Wales.

"Your MU" events are a new and unique opportunity to meet your MU North of England officials, network with fellow members, learn more about what we do, and get involved.

The MU has joined forces with FAC and the MMF to create an example management agreement for use by newer artists and managers entering the industry.

The MU has written to Cardiff Council expressing its concern over a planning application that puts iconic live music venue Clwb Ifor Bach at risk.

Horace Trubridge has today been confirmed as the next General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU).

The TUC wants to know more about the experiences of LGBT+ people of work in order to develop campaigns and materials to support workers, and help employers build inclusive workplaces.

The Musicians' Union (MU) looks forward to working with the new National Education Union (NEU) - the union formed by the NUT and ATL.

Take the Creative Industries Federation Survey of Self-Employed Creatives to ensure it is representative of our sector.

CULT Cymru has partnered with the Professional Development Centre, Wales, to deliver an exciting ILM endorsed two-day coaching and mentoring programme.

1 in 3 BAME people have witnessed or experienced racist abuse since Brexit vote, finds TUC poll.

Take UK Music’s Measuring Music Survey to help us develop the economic case for the industry and lobby government on your behalf.

Fran Hanley, Music Education Official at the MU, was a committed trade unionist and a great friend to so many in the music industry. Here she is remembered with fondness by some of her colleagues and musicians.

The process for electing a new MU General Secretary is now under way and following the six Regional Nomination Meetings in January, two candidates have emerged and go forward to a ballot of members.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) will be arguing against measures announced in today’s budget that will see National Insurance Contributions by the self-employed rise.

The BBC has announced a new TV channel in Scotland and an extra £8.5m a year in English language television programmes for Wales.

Are you a woman born in the 1950s? You may have been detrimentally affected by the 2011 Pension Act. WASPI is campaigning for fairer treatment.

Sign the Fair Funding For All Schools Petition to protect schools across England from devastating cuts that will harm children’s education.

Throughout March and early April, BAROD have arranged for six standalone workshops with guest sessions ranging from Plan it Music, TON Accountants, PRS for Music, PPL, Musicians' Union and the Association of Independent Festivals.

Arts Council England is looking to recruit an outstanding individual to fulfil two significant roles within the Arts Council – to be its national director of Music, and also to play a key part in the London leadership team.

MU members interested in performing at trade union events in the Midlands are invited to get in touch with the Midlands Regional Office.

The world’s first national music census will go live on Thursday 9 March, and we encourage all MU members to take part.

Parents in Performing Arts (PIPA) campaign for equal opportunities and access for parents and carers working in the performing arts. Throughout their second year PIPA will be focussing on support for people working in Music, Dance and Opera as well as continuing their work in theatre.

Take part in this consultation to help Arts Council England improve the how it presents itself and expand the profile of the arts and culture sector.

Trinity College London believes that music is personal. Trinity wants to see how it makes someone feel, how they choose to interpret it. To know why someone's music is important to them, and hear who they are as a musician.

The Welsh Government has announced a new £1m endowment fund to encourage more children to become musicians. This is very welcome news.

The MU is proud to be supporting Pride’s Got Talent this year. Register to take part.

Band on the Wall and Brighter Sound have announced that world-class soloist, composer, bandleader and saxophonist Chris Potter will lead their second residency and tour in the Jazz Directors Series.

Viva La Visa is offering free visa advice to MU members looking to perform in foreign territories.

The US Embassy in London has agreed to release timeslots for visa interviews up to 11.30am, following discussions between the Embassy and the Music Industry Visa Taskforce.

Celebrate Heart Unions Week! Share why you love your Union, and ask someone who isn’t a Union member – but really should be – to join.

London mayor responds to the consultation on proposals to tackle air quality in London.

The Musicians’ Union’s (MU) General Secretary, John Smith, is to stand down in July 2017 after 15 years in office. The process for electing a new MU General Secretary is currently underway.

A musician applying for asylum in Finland was rejected on the grounds of their profession. The Finnish Music Council cannot accept this decision and the MU sends it solidarity to the FMC and musician seeking asylum.

Calling all piano teachers and pianists! Register for the launch of our new project for all those who play the piano.

The MU has expressed its dismay at Coventry Council’s decision to make all of its peripatetic music teachers redundant from April this year.

General Secretary John Smith’s term of office expires on 16 October 2017. In accordance with current trade union legislation, the Executive Committee (EC) hereby announces that an election for this position will take place.

Independent Venue Week is a seven-day celebration of small music venues around the UK, and the Musicians’ Union is proud to be involved once again.

UK Music published results of its first pan-industry workforce diversity survey of the music industry focusing on ethnicity and gender.

Sing Up is hosting three training workshops in February, with ticket discounts for MU members wishing to take part.

BOOK Music & Lyrics in now accepting applications for its 2017 Librettists Group and its First Year Composer/ Lyricist Group for emerging musical theatre professional development.

Musicroom are offering MU members a 10% discount on purchases of sheet music, exam materials, repertoire, tutorials, instruments and accessories on (Subject to a minimum order value of £25).

Government opposes Licensing Act proposal to acknowledge cultural benefit of live music – MU responds.

A number of MU members are supporting the One Day Without Us campaign, which is celebrating the contribution of migrants in the UK.

Sign this petition calling for a law to force employers to pay on time for freelance / contractual work.

The Fair Internet campaign is calling on the European Commission to reconsider weak proposals in the current draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

Music industry welcomes CITES update that makes it easier for musicians to travel with their instruments.

Have your say on the Mayor of London’s proposal to charge older/more polluting vehicles an extra £10 per day whilst in the congestion charging zone.

Dydd Miwsig Cymru, on Friday 10 February 2017, celebrates the best of Welsh language music over the past 50 years.

An introduction to the London Regional Committee from its Chair, Richard Watson, for all London based members of the Musicians' Union.

PRS for Music Foundation and Creative Scotland partnership opens International Showcase Fund to Scottish bands for the first time.

Plans are underway to build a new £45million venue in the heart of Edinburgh New Town.

Help Musicians UK has announced the launch of Help Musicians Northern Ireland (HMNI), based in Belfast.

The MU offers its congratulations to Amy Lamé on her new role as London’s Night Czar.

This announcement provides welcome relief to those working in music education. However, it does not redress Local Authority cuts or the sidelining of music education in the curriculum.

MU members are offered a 30% discount on Music Gateway’s Pro or Business Annual Memberships.

Join MU members demonstrating in support of live music prior to performances of Dirty Dancing in Northampton, Stoke-on-Trent and Wolverhampton. Keep music live!

Join the MU North of England Facebook Group to connect with members, find out about what's on where you are and make sure you're getting the most out of your Union.

Jazz London Radio, London’s premier jazz internet station, is offering MU members advertising at a discounted rate.

The London Drum Show returns to London’s Olympia once more this year and MU members can benefit from a discounted advance ticket offer.

As the Government now works towards Brexit, we would like to reassure members that we are doing everything in our power to protect musicians’ rights.

A major survey entitled 24 Hour Culture will launch next month to take a snapshot of how and why people experience arts and culture in their everyday lives across South East Wales.

We are delighted to report that the City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board has agreed to revise the wording of the notorious ‘inaudibility’ clause.

MU congratulates Jeremy Corbyn.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is holding a demonstration in support of live music in theatres, in Aylesbury, on Monday 19 September at 6pm.

March with over 2000 people against the closure of Passing Clouds, a renowned multicultural live music venue in London.

FanFair Alliance and Music Managers Forum launch free guide for managers to help combat online ticket touting.

MU EC explains its decision to back Owen Smith.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is deeply disappointed by Islington Council’s decision to revoke Fabric’s license. Once again we see another renowned music venue close due to issues over licensing.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is holding a demonstration in support of live music in theatres, in Dartford, on Friday 2 September at 4pm.

Use International Federation of Musicians (FIM) new traffic light system for airlines to check airlines’ policies and attitudes towards musicians.

Friends and family of the late Andy 'Thunderclap' Newman have organised an event to celebrate his life.

Share your views on the challenges facing London’s artistic community and creative industries, and culture-led regeneration projects in London.

Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival has arrived at the Assembly Rooms for the month of August and has two special offers for MU members.

Help Musicians UK is offering young professional musicians access to career development opportunities in the UK and internationally.

The Musicians’ Union’s Executive Committee has voted to endorse Owen Smith MP in the contest for leader of the Labour Party.

Leading music training organisation CM is offering The Music Leader Training Course in London and Bristol, with a 10% discount for MU members.

The MU has teamed up with TheatreDigsBooker to help MU members find accommodation whilst on tour.

Conduct a simple and thorough health and safety risk assessment of your performance space using OiRA, a free online tool.

The Labour Party has confirmed who can vote in the upcoming Labour leadership elections.

The Musicians’ Union endorses Andy Burnham’s candidacy as Greater Manchester Metro Mayor.

The Musicians’ Union has endorsed Luciana Berger’s candidacy as Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor.

For the entire month of August, Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and the Musicians' Union (MU) will partner to provide a range of events about how to look after yourself as a professional musician.

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) is holding three conferences later this year to discuss issues that affect workers.

Sign the petition to protect Hackney venue Passing Clouds, which is under threat from developers.

MU General Secretary reacts to Brexit

New videos from The Musician as Fundraiser project share musicians’ experiences fundraising for four UK orchestras.

The MU motion to the Trades Union Congress’ annual LGBT Conference on access to PrEP passed unanimously.

The National Union of Journalists Scotland are running training opportunities in May, June and August which are open to MU members.

Applications are now open for a showcasing opportunity at Australian Music Week 2016 (AMW).

Want to have your say in the EU referendum? Make sure that you are registered to vote by the deadline of 7 June.

UK Music’s annual survey on the state of the music industry has now been launched for 2016. The survey shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes to complete and by doing so you will be entered into a prize draw.

The MU cautiously welcomes today’s statement on the BBC by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale MP.

The City of Edinburgh Council Licensing Board is currently conducting a public consultation regarding the city's grassroots live music scene. This follows concerns raised by musicians about a clause in local legislation which states that 'all amplified music and vocals shall be so controlled as to be inaudible in neighbouring residential premises.'

The TUC says that steps to weaken or undermine the BBC would cause real and lasting damage to the UK’s creative industries – the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.

The Musicians Union supports the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on ticket abuse. Greater transparency and fairness is needed to avoid profiteering and exploitation of genuine music fans.

Please take part in Ofcom’s consultation if you have or use equipment that will be negatively affected by the 700MHz band clearance.

MU members can get Total Motor Assist free with their MU membership. Sign up now!

Completing the wrong session agreement could cost you.

Flight Brigade and False Advertising among winners of PRS for Music Foundation Flash Funding, in partnership with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union.

The Musicians’ Union (MU) are today releasing their third report into the state of music education in England.

As part of the Union’s work supporting Music for Youth, the MU sponsors a National Partnership Award. Find out what the 2015 winners got up to.

Call on the European Council to ensure musicians travelling with instruments are treated fairly.

Apply for Flash Funding by 11.59pm on Friday 8 April with PRS for Music Foundation, in association with Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians’ Union.

The MU has reaffirmed its support for Britain remaining part of the European Union.

The MU expresses its dismay and disappointment regarding the news that Mark Wigglesworth has decided he is unable to continue as English National Opera Music Director.

The Unsigned Guide’s Essential Guide to Music Funding 2016 features contributions from the MU, PRS for Music, Help Musicians UK, Arts Council England and more.

University of Birmingham researchers are looking for young people to participate in a TUC research project on young workers and trade unions.

Simple changes to online information provision could drastically improve the experiences of Deaf and disabled venue and festival goers, shows new report.

Hear from industry experts and network at Association of Independent Festival’s Festival Futures event. Plus MU members get a 10% discount.

The Federation of Entertainment Unions (FEU) is launching its BBC Alternative White Paper in Parliament today (Tuesday 15 March).

UK Music, Music Venue Trust and Musicians’ Union welcome new Government legislation to protect music venues.

Members wishing to stand for the Union’s Section Committees in 2016 can log in and download the Nomination Form now. Deadline for Nominations: 24 March.

Live music generated £123 million for the local Bristol economy in 2015, but many venues are under threat.

Vote for Music in Hospitals to receive £50,000 from the Big Lottery to deliver a series of live music concerts to older people in care homes in Wales.​

Help make the case for live music venues by taking and sharing this short survey.

The English National Opera (ENO) chorus, who are represented by Equity, are currently being threatened with job cuts and having their pay reduced to 75%.

Show others what the MU means to you and raise awareness of the draconian Trade Union Bill as part of the TUC’s #heartunions week.

Sign the petition to support Aberdeen venues and call on the City Council to adopt the Agent of Change principle.

XpoNorth conference and showcase is back, and open to applications from musicians who would like to take part.

Katherine McGillivray’s Get a Life Fund gives awards to musicians planning a sabbatical from their normal working lives.

Wiltshire Music Centre promotes a year-round programme of over 100 live music concerts as well as music education and community initiatives.

UK’s Creative Industries are worth £84.1 billion a year to the UK economy, according to DCMS figures.

Beyond Stage Fright involves top international musicians, writers and teachers sharing their insights into managing performance stress.

Over the next few weeks the House of Lords will be discussing the Trade Union Bill, which amongst other things threatens the basic right to strike.

The MU is joining forces with 160 other organisations to protest against plans to make the British Baccalaureate virtually compulsory and further restrict the chances for young people to study creative subjects.

FIM is calling for musicians’ unions worldwide to put pressure on governments to support musicians flying with instruments, and will be asking musicians to get involved.

It is with great sadness that we learned about the death of David Bowie, a lifelong MU member and music legend.

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) conference held in Tokyo in December has called for fair, proportional and balanced remuneration for the online use of performances.

Tributes to Len Worsley, 29 June 1925 – 15 October 2015.

Fancy a gig at the Manchester Jazz Festival in 2016? This is a contemporary jazz event and aims to champion artists playing original work, especially those living and working in the North West of England.

We are fighting the draconian Trade Union Bill, and we need your support.

Book your ticket to the Music for Youth Proms to support hundreds of young musicians from across the UK.

Thirty-two of Northern Ireland’s biggest arts organisations are facing funding cuts of 7% - or £620,000.

The result of the recent consultative ballot on a new agreement between the Musicians’ Union and PACT (the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) was in favour of the new agreement with associated changes and this will come into effect on 1 January 2016.

The MU is delighted to announce the launch of the London Venues Task Force report.

In honour of workers’ leader Jimmy Reid, Nicola Sturgeon will address the issue of why workers’ rights are human rights and how this can be used in defence against the Tory Government’s attacks on workers’ economic, political and social rights in Scotland.

Take the Fair Internet Survey to help us fight for your right to a fair share of online revenues from digital uses of your work.

New guide to supporting people with mental health issues in the workplace.

Musicians travelling with instruments on Air Canada flights may be eligible for a discount and more time to board.

Applications for the Jazzahead Bremen 2016 showcase are now open.

The Internet is for everyone. However, today, whether they are famous or not, performers are still not fairly rewarded when their performances are exploited via online on demand services.

The Hague Court of Appeal this week struck down a ruling that would have put collective bargaining agreements covering freelance orchestral musicians across Europe under threat.

MU members are invited to take advantage of heavily discounted tickets for the LIVE UK Summit in London.

Scottish MU Member Stuart Thomson has devised, developed and launched ‘Overscore’, a unique, removable manuscript tape.

We are delighted to announce that Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of the Music Venue Trust, will be speaking at the MU London AGM.

MU members can take advantage of a 10% discount on all tickets at this year’s Festival Congress hosted by the Association of Independent Festivals.

Ensure your voice is heard and show Arts Council England how they can help you and the music sector.

Join the MU and our samba band in the TUC march, "Yes to workers rights, No to austerity", Sunday 4 October in Manchester

There are changes occurring to the collection of Class 2 National Insurance Contributions- if you are affected you should have received a letter from HMRC.

The Musicians’ Union and Co-operatives UK launch an initiative aimed at creating more music teacher co-operatives.

John Smith, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU) and President of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), will succeed Fran Nevrkla OBE as Chairman of PPL (which is a part-time position) on 1 January 2016.

The Musicians' Union (MU) has today decided to endorse Andy Burnham for Labour Party leader and Caroline Flint for deputy.

MU delighted at today’s High Court decision to quash the Government’s private copying exception.

The Government has now published its Trade Union Bill, which includes plans to criminalise picketing, permit employers to hire strike-breaking agency staff and a requirement that at least 40% of those asked to vote support the strike in most key public services.

A new scheme has been set up by Help Musicians UK to fund exceptional career development opportunities for instrumentalists, singers, conductors, composers, songwriters or small groups aged between 21 and 30.

The MU has joined the debate about streaming services and remuneration for artists that was recently highlighted by the row between Taylor Swift and Apple Music.

We are saddened to report the passing of Harry Pitch, harmonica and trumpet player, on Wednesday 15 July 2015.

Join the MU at the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Festival in Dorset. We will be marching with the MU Great Western Marching Band.

What are the Wales Arts International WOMEX 15 Bursaries?

Jazz 4 Jed are inviting applications to the Jed Williams Memorial Bursary from people involved in the Welsh jazz scene.

The High Court today ruled against the UK Government in a Judicial Review case brought by the Musicians’ Union (MU), the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music.

The GFTU has announced the new dates for the GFTU trade union management programme 2015

PRS for Music licence fees (PRSfM) – traditionally paid by promoters and venue owners – are increasingly being passed onto musicians, either as a cost involved in hiring a venue or as a deduction from their performance fee.

From Bergen-Belsen to the higher echelons of British classical music: cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch has travelled an extraordinary journey. In the Summer issue of The Musician, Anita speaks exclusively to the Musicians' Union about her life story.

Do British musicians still rage against the machine?

The Musician Summer 2015 explores the causes and consequences of ageism across all the ages and genres and investigates savvy strategies to battle discrimination.

The City of York has released clear guidance for buskers, local businesses and residents.

The MU is aware of the potential problems that may be caused by the proposed building work to be undertaken next to Air Studios.

The Beyond Stage Fright online summit is a series of video interviews given by top international soloists, principal orchestral players, along with leading writers and teachers who all share their unique take on managing performance stress.

Fancy some free gig tickets and improving the local music industry at the same time in the North East?

1 July 2015 sees the second all-day networking and ideas event hosted by ‘The Hub’ at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

In May, four organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to campaign for the fair remuneration of online revenues.

Members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House have voted in favour of a two-year pay deal: 2% for 2014/15 and 2% for 2015/16.

The TUC Black Workers Conference was held at Congress House, London on 17-19 April 2015.

The TUC’s new Charter for International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Solidarity explains how unions can support the struggles of LGBT people in the many countries where homosexuality is illegal and subject to popular prejudice.

The People’s Assembly in Scotland and the STUC have announced that they are organising a rally in Glasgow to co-incide with a number of events throughout the UK on 20 June. This is to unite in opposition to austerity and provide a show of strength in opposition to the Tory Government.

Glasgow City Council Licensing Board has ruled that the famous venue can now no longer operate after midnight, the impact of which could lead to the venue shutting down.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced a review of the current entertainment licensing regime in Northern Ireland which has been in place for almost 30 years.

In the past, all MU members who had opted into the political fund received a vote in Labour party selections – for example for leader or for Labour mayoral candidate. Please be aware that the rules have now changed and that you will not automatically receive a vote for these elections.

The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music were in the High Court this week for the long awaited judicial review of Government’s decision to introduce a private copying exception without fair compensation to songwriters, composers and musicians, which is in contravention of EU law.

Today, four international organisations representing more than 500,000 performers in Europe joined forces to launch a campaign for the fair treatment of all performers in the digital environment.

On January 30th, Vince Sipprell passed away at the age of 35.

A dedicated site in memory of Danny has been opened and all who knew him are very welcome to contribute messages, stories and pictures.

Following last year's #BackBusking campaign, which was set up to investigate the problems faced by buskers performing around the city, the Mayor's Busk in London scheme is now up and running. It aims to make busking and street performance much easier in the capital and includes London's first Busking Code of Conduct, a resource devised by performers, councils, businesses and the police.

The Musicians’ Union has expressed disappointment at the BBC Trust’s conclusions from its service licence review of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6 Music and Asian Network, which were published yesterday. In particular the MU is concerned about the proposal to drastically reduce the coverage of live music on Radio 1.

Mountview has announced the launch of a new MA in Writing Musicals, the first of its kind in the UK. This full-time course has been developed to provide practical training and experience in the art of writing musicals.

MU members have expressed concern that no payment is offered for the Southbank WOW Festival Orchestra project. The Southbank Centre’s Music Director, Gillian Moore, has written to us clarifying the offer and remuneration for professional musicians.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the creation of the capital's first Music Venues Task Force, which is to look at steps the city can take to protect and secure its vital network of live music venues.

Last year 900 composers, musicians and songwriters in the UK took part in an economic survey run by UK Music. These responses were a key input to Measuring Music, UK Music's study on the economic contribution of music.

The minimum rates for the General Terms & Conditions for Arranging, Music Preparation and Orchestration are now available.

MU members Alan, Jimmy and Rueben Slater are three brothers who started playing professionally in 1960 when they were aged 13 to 16 years old. The Slater family business, based in Wigton, ran a funfair and the boys named themselves after one of their traction engines. Hence Rue & the Rockets.

Gary was born in his beloved town of Margate 73 years ago. He was the eldest of 4 children and all of them are artistic in some way and also very passionate and dedicated to fighting whatever causes come their way.

The general secretaries of BECTU, Equity and the Musicians' Union - respectively Gerry Morrissey, Christine Payne and John Smith - have issued a joint statement following a meeting with senior management at English National Opera (ENO).

The General Secretaries of the Musicians' Union (MU), Equity and BECTU have sought an urgent meeting with senior management at the English National Opera. The request for the meeting was a response to the sudden departure of the ENO’s chairman and executive director and preceded this week's decision by the Arts Council to place the company into special measures.

The MU have been made aware that on Christmas Eve 2014 a change was introduced to the planning guidance that recognises the existence of music venues.

The Cultural Enterprise Office has updated its Support Directory with a complete list of organisations and websites providing support to creatives working in Scotland.

Last night Loris Grossi, trombonist at Rome Opera Theatre (ROT) and FIM member, announced that the 182 members of ROT who were sacked on the 2nd October 2014, have been reinstated.

The Musicians’ Union (MU), The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and UK Music have launched an application for Judicial Review of the Government’s introduction of a private copying exception without providing fair compensation for songwriters, musicians and other rights holders within the creative sector.

UK Music has joined forces with Intern Aware, to launch an Internship Code of Practice for music companies and young people. The Code will help employers understand their role and duty when hiring an intern, and importantly show them their responsibilities in terms of pay and tenure.

The Fair Digital Deals Declaration is a statement of commitment made by independent record labels to treat their artists fairly in agreements relating to digital exploitation of artists’ work in recorded music agreements with third parties.

One of the great characters of British jazz, Johnnie Gray has passed away aged 94. Born in Coventry in 1920, he took up the tenor saxophone at school before becoming an engineering apprentice at Rolls-Royce.

The Government has today announced that they will repeal the current National Insurance regulations in respect of entertainers. This means that from 6 April 2014, those individuals engaged as an actor, singer, or musician, or in any similar performing capacity will pay Class 2 and Class 4.