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Career Guides

A comprehensive range of music career advice, case studies, contacts and a series of valuable ‘how-to’ features, all designed to assist musicians in developing their career within the music industry.

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Marketing and Promotion

From maximising opportunities of your online presence to taking advantage of ‘word of mouth’ recommendations and offline marketing.

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Latest career features

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Health and Safety In Orchestras

For those of you returning to work in orchestras, you need to be sure your employer or engager is offering you a safe place to work. This may not be straightforward!

Published: 17 September 2021

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MU Urges New Education Secretary and Schools Minister to Work Together to Protect Music Education

Following the sacking of Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Schools Minister Nick Gibb – and their replacement by Nadhim Zahawi and Robin Walker respectively – the MU urges the new ministers to work together to address systemic problems affecting music education in England.

Published: 17 September 2021

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Headie One performs at the Brixton Academy in November 2019.

The Rise of UK Hip-Hop

From the margins to the mainstream, UK hip-hop has exploded in recent years and risen to evermore creative and commercial heights.

Published: 25 August 2021

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Touring in Europe in a Post-Brexit Age

Tankus The Henge are one of the first UK bands to brave the post-Brexit and mid-Covid EU touring circuit. Henry Yates asked pianist and frontman Jaz Delorean about the challenges, pleasures and pitfall.

Published: 12 July 2021

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#WorkNotPlayMU

This is not a hobby - it's our profession

No-one should feel guilty about turning down unpaid “opportunities". Have you been asked to work for no fee?

This is not a hobby - it's our profession

Upcoming events

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28 Sep 2021

How to be Release Ready: The Fundamentals of Releasing Your Own Music

If you are planning to release your own music then it’s vital you understand some fundamentals about the way the music industry works and how your music can generate revenue. This event for North of England MU and PRS for Music members will cover everything from royalties to copyright and much more.

North of England, Online
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30 Sep 2021

Virtual MU One-to-one Advice Session

One-to-one expert advice for members in North East England on all aspects of your music career including contracts, copyright, employment advice, legal advice and much more.

Online, North East England
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