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Why I Joined the MU: Ady Hall

Music producer Ady Hall tells us about how the MU’s paternity grant gave him peace of mind when he needed it.

Published: 10 June 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:29 PM
Photo of Ady Hall and Lee McCarthy in studio, with graphic text reading
Ady Hall and Lee McCarthy in the studio

“I joined the MU back in 2005. My main reason, then, was for the public liability insurance I needed to be a working musician.

"The instrument insurance has also been very useful. Since then I have discovered so many other benefits to being a MU member, including the MU Paternity grant, which was extremely helpful when my wife gave birth to both our children.

“It’s a great source of advice and support for so many areas of the music industry. There’s a peace of mind that comes with knowing the MU has got your back.”

Ady is half of music production duo Sugar House, based out of Catalyst Studios in Merseyside. Together with duo partner Lee McCarthy, Ady has been making a name nurturing local talent from the North West.

With strong links to BBC Introducing, radio stations, and the music industry at large, Sugar House are perfectly positioned to help artists get to the next level.

In 2017 they joined the shared producer roster of 140db and Big Life Management. 140db specialises in the careers of producers ranging from Flood (U2 and Depeche Mode) to Ben Hillier (Blur and Elbow) and Steve Osborne (Elbow and Doves). Big Life has nurtured artists and music makers including Snow Patrol, Bloc Party and Scissor Sisters.

Find out more about Sugar House on their website.

Musician? You can join the MU for £1 and get your first six months free – including contract advice, professional development and networking, and support when you need it most.

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