Refugee Week is the UK’s largest festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. In celebration of this year’s event, the MU has put together a list of resources and information for those wishing to support refugees and help them build music careers in the UK.
We’re here to provide support and guidance to all musicians who need us
On 1 June 2023, the MU launched a brand new Refugee Musicians Membership. The scheme, administered in partnership with Counterpoints Arts, gives refugee musicians access to one year of free MU membership and full access to the MU’s advice and services.
Speaking of the launch, MU General Secretary Naomi Pohl said: “The UK’s musical landscape is richer because of wide-ranging musical influences from across the world, and we’re here to provide support and guidance to all musicians who need us”.
A richer musical landscape: how you can support refugees and asylum seekers in the UK
The MU now also has a dedicated page for musicians who would like to do more to support those seeking sanctuary in their community.
The page features organisations you may wish to signpost others to, as well as resources and information where you can learn about the specific challenges facing refugees and asylum seekers.
We have listed resources for communities across the devolved nations and are continuously adding to this.
Simple Acts: use your power
Counterpoints Arts - who the MU has partnered with to administer the Union’s Refugee Membership Scheme - produces and coordinates Refugee Week UK.
Using the arts, culture and education, Refugee Week aims to create spaces where the contributions of refugees are celebrated, people from different communities enjoy positive encounters and refugee experiences are shared and understood in new ways.
You can also get involved by using Refugee Week’s 10 Simple Acts. Simple Acts are everyday actions we can all do to stand with refugees and make new connections in our communities. Here are 10 simple actions you may want to take, with further ideas, suggestions and recommendations:
- Watch a film
- Read a book
- Listen and share
- Send a message
- Share a dish
- Have a chat
- Use your platform
- Walk together
- Grow your compassion
- Join the movement
Find out more about how to get involved with advice from Refugee Week, including resources for children and young people, social media assets and how to hold an event to celebrate and raise awareness.