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Protect Our BBC

Protect the biggest employer of musicians in the UK.

£23m* spent a year on orchestras and performing groups
5* full time BBC Orchestras across the UK
90%* UK adults use BBC TV, iPlayer, Radio or Online every week

* Source: BBC

The BBC belongs to all of us. It’s up to all of us to protect it.

Why it matters

Nearly every musician will interact with the BBC at some point in their career.

The BBC is the single largest employer of musicians in the UK.

It supports 5 full time orchestras. It employs more than 400 contract musicians, and many hundreds on a freelance basis. It’s home to BBC Introducing, a vital part of the UK’s talent pipeline.

It plays more music than any commercial radio station. It supports Radio 1, Radio 1Xtra, Radio 1 Dance, Radio 1 relax, Radio 2, Radio 3, 6Music and the Asian Network alongside national, devolved and local talk radio across the UK. It hosts the world’s greatest classical music festival, the Proms.

And it is the main commissioner of new music in the UK – supporting music writers, session players and many more.

That’s not to say the BBC is always perfect. But it belongs to us, and without it UK music would not be the world leader that it is today.

Latest news

Three young musicians performing on a stage at BBC Introducing, synth, keyboard and microphones are present.

Defending the BBC

Musicians’ Union General Secretary Elect Naomi Pohl looks at the challenges facing the BBC, and why union members must come together to fight for our public broadcaster’s future once again.

Published: 14 March 2022

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MU Collective agreement

BBC Orchestras Agreement & Rates

The MU negotiates collective agreements with BBC Orchestras (BBCSO, BBCCO, BBCNOW, BBCPO and BBCSSO) for employed and freelance orchestra musicians.

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