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Grants for MU members

Adoption grant

Adoption grants of £250 are available to both male and female members who are current and not in arrears of their membership fee now and at the time of the adoption. Grants are not available until the second consecutive year of membership, and must be made within six months of the date of adoption. Grants are available per-child in the case of multiple adoptions. In cases where both parents are members of the MU, only one grant is available per child.

Apply for an Adoption Grant

Maternity grant

Maternity grants of £250 are available to female members who are current and not in arrears of their membership fee now and at the time of the birth. Grants are not available until the second consecutive year of membership, and must be made within six months of the date of birth.

Apply for a Maternity Grant

Parental grant

Parental grants of £250 are available to members who are current and not in arrears of their membership fee now and at the time of the birth. Grants are not available until the second consecutive year of membership, and must be made within six months of the date of birth. Grants are available per-child in the case of multiple births. In cases where both parents are members of the MU, only one grant is available per child.

Apply for a Parental Grant

Funeral grant

A funeral grant of £250 is payable in respect of MU members whose death occurs during their membership. A claim form is available from your Regional Office.

MU funds

One of the stated objectives of the MU is to provide benevolent assistance to members or their dependants in financial hardship, whether due to illness or another cause.

MU Coronavirus Hardship Fund

Learn more about the dedicated hardship fund for MU members during Covid-19 crisis.

Benevolent Fund

The Benevolent Fund is a modest and limited resource, maintained solely by volunteering donations. We are therefore only able to offer a small grant to members suffering financial hardship as a result of sickness or accident.

To apply, please get in contact with your Regional Office who will talk you through the next steps.

A sub-committee of the Regional Committee will consider your application as soon as possible after it’s received.

Other sources of musician grants or assistance

Help Musicians UK

Since 1921, Help Musicians UK has helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long term difficulties and enjoy retirement. As well as providing advice and guidance, it gives financial and emotional support.

It plays a vital role in supporting working musicians who are dealing with an illness, injury or accident. For many it’s a lifeline. If you need help or know someone who does, please visit helpmusicians.org.uk

Royal Society of Musicians

The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain was founded to support musicians and their families when in distress due to ‘age, infirmity or disease’. For more information, write to: the Royal Society of Musicians, 10 Stratford Place, London W1C 1BA, telephone 020 7629 6137, or visit rsmgb.org

The PRS Members' Fund exists to help all of its members, ex-members and the dependants of  deceased members. The type of help offered includes short-term loans to cover unexpected financial crises and one-off payments in cases of hardship or illness. For full information visit prsmembersfund.com.

Medical assistance

British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) is a unique charity delivering specialist health support to musicians via free and confidential GP assessment clinics, and referrals to the best treatment available.
BAPAM now has clinics in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Newcastle and Portsmouth.

For more information, a list of complementary and mainstream practitioners, and guidance on staying fit and healthy, please visit bapam.org.uk

Member benefits