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Guidance for music writers


How unpublished composers and songwriters can receive fees and royalties from the use of their works.

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A guide to UK copyright law, proving and protecting your songwriting or composition copyright.

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Career as a composer


Composing 101

Media composers Andrea Posse, Victoria Wijeratne, Marie-Anne Fischer, and Roma Yagnik discuss the creative challenges and rewards of their craft.

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What the MU does for composers and songwriters

The Musicians' Union represents composers and songwriters, with a dedicated section for music writers. Here’s how we can support you, from copyright law and royalty payments to template contracts and advice on rates of pay.

Member services

All composer resources

Latest news and features

General Secretary Naomi Pohl stands in discussion outside of the Royal Opera House

2023 End of Year Round Up

MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl reports back on the work that the Union has done through 2023, as well as setting out some of MU’s intentions for 2024, and more general food for thought about the music industry.

Published: 30 December 2023

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Calling all media composers

Get a fair share of the value you create. Back the Fair Score campaign.

Calling all media composers