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Benefits of MU Membership

We’re here to help employed, self-employed, and freelance musicians in every area of the UK music industry – whoever you are, whatever your background, wherever you are based, and however you make music. Everyone is welcome within the community.

Benefits of MU Membership

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Take care of you

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Make your voice heard

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Insurance covers and more

Protect yourself and your gear

Protect yourself and your gear

Our membership ensures that you, and your equipment and instruments, are covered for any potential accidents that may arise

Avoid legal wrangles

Have the experts on call

Have the experts on call
Receive appreciation you’ve earned

Get the recognition you deserve

Get the recognition you deserve

From fair pay and conditions, to getting credit for your hard work, we work to ensure our members receive the acknowledgement and appreciation they’ve earned

Professional development and growth

Unlock new career opportunities

Unlock new career opportunities

MU membership provides you with opportunities for professional development and growth. Build a successful career by making the most of advice, support, networks, and training.

  • Get guidance for your career. Wherever you are in your career, get specialist advice on professional growth, and access careers guidance packs on all areas of professional development.  
  • Develop your skills and knowledge. You’ll have access to online and in-person events, such as talks from specialist speakers and networking, and training on various topics, from music specific skills, to business and digital learning, and more.
  • Expand your network. With our membership, you’ll be given a wide variety of opportunities to meet like-minded people – connections that could lead to future work, friendships, partnerships, and more. 
  • Receive discounts and special offers. Our members benefit from exclusive discounts and special offers for a range of products and services, including discounted Enhanced DBS Checks.

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Health, safety and wellbeing

Take care of you

Take care of you

Make the most of partnerships, tools, and resources that help you look after and optimise your mental and physical health and wellbeing

Get involved with Union work

Make your voice heard

Make your voice heard

The MU is a democratic organisation that represents its members’ needs and points of view. Get involved and make your opinion count

Be a change maker

Campaign for a fairer music industry

Campaign for a fairer music industry

Take an active part in change-making. Join MU campaigns and help us to lobby decision makers at national and local level.

  • Improve work for all musicians. Join MU campaigns that seek to save jobs, improve pay, and make working conditions better for all musicians in all types of music in the UK.
  • Protect important organisations. Stand with the MU to protect public services and organisations that belong to us, like the single largest employer of musicians in the UK – the BBC. 
  • Make technology work for you. Take part in campaigns that keep music alive, such as fixing streaming, and ensuring that new technologies like AI work for, not against, creative workers. 
  • Be represented in lobbying. We lobby the government on behalf of our members on issues of relevance, such as arts funding, better copyright laws, and to keep musicians working in Europe.

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Make it Happen


Under£21 per month

Current and returning members can access the full range of union benefits by paying monthly, quarterly or annually. You can pay by card, Direct Debit, or a hybrid payment option.

Disabled musicians' membership

Under£13 per month

Choose this rate if you're a disabled musician and aren't eligible for other membership categories. Find out more about our eligibility guidance and how the MU membership can benefit you.

Joint membership

Under£16 per month

If you're a current member of a partner organisation you can join the MU at a reduced rate. Find out more.

Student membership

£24 per year

Join at a reduced price if you're in full-time or part-time education. Annual card payment only. Find out more about MU Student Membership.

Join for a pound

£1 for the first six months

Join for £1 and get the first six months for free. You'll have access to the full range of membership benefits. Find out more about the offer and eligibility.