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Get financial support

No one knows how long the cost of living crisis will last. From parental grants, to the Benevolent Fund, you can get help when you're in need.

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Guidance and advice

Get paid fairly

Always check what you should be paid for your work. The MU's Rates of Pay provide a trusted source for recommended or agreed minimum rates for all musicians.

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Find job opportunities

Check job adverts on the websites of trusted organisations and companies. It's still possible to find a new role despite the cost-of-living crisis.

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Recording royalties

Over £1.4m distributed in royalties in 2022

The MU licenses performances of non-featured artists on commercial recordings and makes monthly distributions to musicians. If you're aware of any commercial audio performance you took part in as a session player that's being used on TV, film, or in advertising, contact us. Amid the cost of living crisis in the UK, it's crucial to get what you're entitled to.

Royalties distributed by the MU
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MU membership is essential to your work as a musician, especially during the cost of living crisis. Explore the different membership rates we offer and make it work within your budget.

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Topical stories

Find a Fair Play Venue

Village Underground

A medium-sized venue which prides itself on programming artists from around the world and across different genres.

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A historic, intimate venue offering emerging musicians a chance to showcase their burgeoning talent.

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Trinity Bar

Live music venue and late night bar in Harrow, North West London. Welcoming live music of any genre.

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Tower of Song

An artist-run venue with music to suit all tastes and each night of the week has a different theme.

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Toulouse Lautrec

Small to medium sized venue consisting of two music rooms with a piano bar for jazz soloists and duos.

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A medium city centre venue that was once a cargo ship with live music and club nights throughout the week.

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The Windmill

An independent live music venue which aims to put on quality live music seven nights a week.

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Can a UBI keep music live?

The idea of a universal basic income has been around for centuries. Now, the MU and many others believe its time has come.

Can a UBI keep music live?