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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

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Musicians' Movement and ISM Letter to the Chancellor

The Musicians' Movement Forum, which has over 16,000 members on Facebook and is a campaigning group led by musicians Phil Meadows and Christopher Barrett, has collaborated with the ISM on a letter to the Chancellor.

Published: 15 October 2020

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Unjust Treatment of Musicians Raised at Economic Affairs Committee

The MU’s General Secretary, Horace Trubridge, explained to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee that, “[MU] members don’t want to have to go cap in hand to the Government. They want to work, they want to perform, they want to earn money again that way.”

Published: 08 October 2020

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Urging the Government to Act Now for Musicians

An update on this week’s parliamentary debate on the effect of Covid-19 on the creative industries, a protest in Parliament Square, and our continued call on the Government.

Published: 08 October 2020

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Welsh Freelancer Fund Opens on Monday 5 October

The Welsh Government’s Freelancer Fund opens for applications at 10:00 am on Monday 5 October and we would urge members to check the guidance and apply as soon as possible.

Published: 02 October 2020

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Government Rebuked in Parliament Over Coronavirus Rules

Boris Johnson has been repeatedly criticised for a lack of clarity in rules and guidance aimed at tackling the pandemic – making things even more difficult for musicians who are trying to piece work together during this difficult time.

Published: 30 September 2020

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Ask Your MLAs to Support Musicians During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Music is a crucial part of the creative economy in Northern Ireland. Live music is worth £70m in GVA and generates £8m in music tourism. But all this is on hold because of the Covid-19 pandemic, with real consequences for musicians.

Published: 29 September 2020

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Further Guidance on the New Restrictions

We’ve produced some further guidance following the Government’s new restrictions – however we are continuing to seek further information from DCMS on how this will impact on our members’ work.

Published: 16 September 2020

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Guide to Applying for an ACE Project Grant

Jess Partridge, founder and editor of new music group In Stereo, provides invaluable advice for members applying for Arts Council England (ACE) Project Grant.

Published: 14 September 2020

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