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Contract advice from the MU

If you've been offered a music business agreement - whether that's a publishing agreement, a music manager contract, a recording contract, or something else - it’s important to understand what you're signing up for.

The MU will get a specialist solicitor to take a look at the contract, check it works for you, and provide practical advice and guidance to help you negotiate better terms. Our specialist contract advice is provided exclusively for MU members.

MU members can access the Contract Advisory Service at no extra cost – granting up to an hour of our specialist solicitor’s time, providing free UK contract law advice for musicians.

To make use of this service, please contact the MU.

Looking for employment contract legal advice?

MU members can also access specialist employment advice. For any small business, contract advice is an essential step towards a fair and fulfilling career – but it's even more vital for musicians.

If you’re looking for free legal advice on an employment contract, find out how to apply for our Employment Advice & Assistance scheme.

MU Standard contracts

Music business

Specimen Agreements

Before you seek business contract advice, browse our range of example agreements for doing music business.

Read more about Specimen Agreements
TV, film and advertising

Specimen Sync Licences

Templates to help you negotiate synchronisation deals and agree appropriate terms for the use of your music

Read more about Specimen Sync Licences

Employment Contracts

Use our UK employment contract advice resource to find out more about employment contracts and the conditions you should be wary of.

Read more about Employment Contracts

Get MU membership today

From gig players to part-time teachers and professional instrumentalists, MU members can access specialist insurance for musicians. This includes accident cover, health schemes, travel insurance and car insurance add-ons through the Musicians’ Union.

Explore our member services

  • Get public liability insurance for musicians
  • Access expert legal support
  • Be represented in your profession
  • Access expert career advice, resources, and training events
  • Connect, network, and get to know the community of musicians

Learn about all membership benefits

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Contact the Musicians' Union today

The MU has a network of experienced teams available to help musicians in all areas of the industry. If you have any questions about our services, membership or how the MU could help you, please don't hesitate to get in touch.