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Campaigning and Lobbying

The Musicians’ Union campaigns on behalf of its members at local, national and international levels.

Last updated: 25 March 2022

The MU is in regular contact with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and ensures that musicians are represented during vital debates that affect musicians working at all levels of the industry.

The MU, as part of the Performers’ Alliance All-Party Parliamentary Group, organises meetings and receptions at the House of Commons that give performers the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with members of both Houses.

In addition, the MU plays a leading role in the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), founded in 1948, which is the international organisation for musicians and incorporates 72 unions from across the world. FIM’s main objective is to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians organised in member unions.

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The MU Political Fund

Trade union members need a political voice. Politicians make decisions that affect the lives of union members at work and at home. Unions need to be able to influence those decisions.

For that they have to have a Political Fund. The Political Fund allows the MU to pay its share of the costs of the Performers’ Alliance All-Party Parliamentary Group, a cross-party group of MPs and Peers that we have regular meetings with who act as advocates for the performing arts. One of the major achievements of the APPG is that it is genuinely cross party – something which is extremely rare for a trade union parliamentary group.

It also allows us to remain affiliated to the Labour Party.

If you do not wish to contribute to the MU Political Fund, you have the right to opt in or out of paying the levy whenever you want.

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Make the MU, your MU

Whether you want to be part of the governing body of the Union, make a change in your local area or within your music sector, you can do so as an active member of the Musicians' Union.

Be a changemaker

Find out how the Union works and how you can get involved and shape the future of music when you are a member of the Musicians' Union.

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Make the MU, your MU