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Parental grant

Parental grants of £275 are available to all new parents who are MU members. Check if you are eligible for the grant before applying.

The parental grant is available:

  • To current members who are not in arrears of their membership fee at the time of application and becoming a parent. If both parents are members, only one parental grant is payable per child.
  • After the second consecutive year of membership and must be applied for within six months of becoming a parent, or during pregnancy and on production of the Maternity Certificate (note that both pages of the MAT B1 form need to be presented).
  • On a per-child basis. Therefore, if more than one child is born or adopted, a grant is paid per child.

You will need to provide required supporting documents to submit the application. Learn more by starting your application.

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Funeral grant

A funeral grant of £275 is payable in respect of MU members whose death occurs during their membership. To apply, please get in contact with us who will talk you through the next steps.

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MU Benevolent Fund

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

The Benevolent Fund is a modest and limited resource, maintained solely by voluntary donations. We offer a small grant to members suffering financial hardship as a result of sickness or accident or as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

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

PRS Members' Fund

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

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

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