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Subscription Holiday Scheme Extended

We have extended our subscription holiday scheme to allow members under financial pressure to take an additional break from their MU subscription fees.

Published: 19 October 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:31 PM
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recent measures introduced to try to control rising infection rates, and an ongoing lack of financial support from government for musicians has led to the decision. Photo credit: Shutterstock

MU members who have already successfully taken a three-month break from payment of their subscription fees, due to the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are now able to apply for a further three-month holiday.

Those who are yet to take the holiday are able to apply for a full six-month break. The period within which members can apply has also been extended until 31 March 2021.

Why the holiday has been extended

A three-month subscription holiday was initially offered back in May, in response to the widespread cancellation of work that hit musicians as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

At that time it was hoped that musicians would be in a position to return to some form of regular work by the end of 2020, but recent measures introduced to try to control rising infection rates, and an ongoing lack of financial support from the Government for musicians has led to an Executive Committee decision to offer a further three-month subscriptions holiday.

General Secretary, Horace Trubridge said:

“We are working hard to address the shortcomings of the government’s financial support for the sector during the coronavirus pandemic, and to encourage a safe and financially viable route back to work for musicians. In the meantime, we don’t want MU membership to become a further financial burden for our members who continue to suffer hardship.”

Members who have already successfully applied for the initial three-month holiday, simply need to apply again using the same process, and they will be given a further three-month holiday, or equivalent value refund if they have paid their subscription fees in-full up front.

Members who did not apply for the original three-month holiday will be given a full six-month break from payment of subscriptions upon application if they meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria.

As with the original offer, unlike a mortgage holiday, there is no obligation to repay the balance at a later date.

Read the full details, eligibility criteria, and submit your application on our subs holiday advice page.

Eligibility criteria

To receive a subscription holiday, you will need to meet the following conditions:

  • You are a current MU member who has kept with up to date with your membership subscriptions.
  • You are currently paying the full membership rate or joint NEU/UCU/EIS membership rate. Members who joined for £1 over six months ago and are therefore currently paying the full membership rate by direct debit will also be eligible.
  • Members who joined for £1 under six months ago, members paying the student rate and retired members will not be eligible.
  • Members who pay their subscription by Direct Debit but have cancelled their payment instruction will need to reinstate it before applying.

The subscription holiday is available for members who pay their fees annually, quarterly, or through a monthly direct debit. For more details on how this works, see our subs holiday advice page.

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