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Advice on Public Charge Designations for Musicians in the USA on Visas

Our friends at Tamizdat are offering Pro-Bono advice for musicians, who at the time of lockdown may have been working in the United States of America (USA) under a visa, and are concerned about whether a public charge designation could affect them.

Published: 01 May 2020

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International Day of Families: Recognising Those Falling Through Gaps in the Government’s Response

MU Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Official John Shortell highlights “the impact Coronavirus is having on those with families and how the Government’s response to the pandemic, especially in relation to freelancers with families, reinforces disadvantages.”

Published: 01 May 2020

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AIM to Hold Free Virtual Conference on Independent Music

Following the success of its first virtual conference, AIM Sync, trade body The Association of Independent Music (AIM) has announced the transition of its Great Escape Conference programme, ‘AIM House’, to a full-day virtual event.

Published: 01 May 2020

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Soon to be Released Statistics Paint a Stark Picture of Musicians Left Behind by the Government’s Support Schemes

MU Head of Communications & Government Relations Isabelle Gutierrez reports on how our recent impact survey shows that the percentage of those the Government claims will be protected by the Self-employed Income Support Scheme “is categorically not the case for musicians”.

Published: 29 April 2020

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Make Music Day Goes Digital

Make Music Day is an annual set of music events that takes place around the world on the longest day of the year – 21 June. This year participants are being encouraged to host and engage with events online.

Published: 29 April 2020

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Urgent Call for Musicians to Take Our Survey

We’re running an impact poll to help us lobby for the members we’re concerned might fall through the cracks in the Government’s current assistance scheme. We need to hear the experiences of all musicians – please let us know before our deadline on Friday 24 April at 5:00 p

Published: 22 April 2020

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Pressing for Financial Support for Musicians, a Lobbying Update

MU Head of Communications & Government Relations Isabelle Gutierrez reports, “Parliament is now back from recess, albeit in a largely digital format. We have already been in touch with MPs to ask them to question the Government on our behalf.”

Published: 22 April 2020

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Crew Nation Fund Opens to Support Live Music Crews

Live Nation have opened a fund to protect those who work behind the scenes to make live music happen. Applications are open to anyone who have been financially impacted from shows originally scheduled to take place in March or April 2020.
 

Published: 22 April 2020

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Opt-in to Receive an MU Diary in 2021

To reduce paper waste, we are asking members to opt-in to receive a copy of the MU diary later this year for 2021. The deadline for opting in is approaching, please let us know by 27 April 2020.

Published: 20 April 2020

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Jazz FM Promotes MU’s Hardship Fund

Jazz FM is running a UK Music Day on Easter Monday, and alongside this they are promoting the MU’s Coronoavirus Hardship Fund and linking to the crowdfunding page.

Published: 12 April 2020

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Make Sure No Musician is Left Behind: Take Our New Survey

We’ve opened a new survey to help us lobby for the members who we’re concerned may fall through the cracks in the Government’s current assistance schemes. Help us by letting us know about your experiences.

Published: 09 April 2020

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Arts Council of Wales Launches Urgent Response Fund

The Welsh funding body today announced the details for it’s Urgent Response Fund, open to freelance creative practitioners who are experiencing financial hardship due to disruption from COVID-19.

Published: 09 April 2020

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New Support Announced for Musicians in Wales

The Welsh Government, Creative Wales, and the Arts Council of Wales have announced a number of measures including an Urgent Response Fund for individuals, and a Grassroots Music Relief Fund.

Published: 08 April 2020

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New Guidance from Thompsons Solicitors on Employee Rights

These two new documents may be of use to employed members looking to know more about going on furlough under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and for employed members who are currently outside of the UK.

Published: 06 April 2020

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No Musician Should Be Left Behind, A Lobbying Update

MU Head of Communications & Government Relations Isabelle Gutierrez: “Our focus at the moment is on lobbying for members who are currently ineligible for either of the Government’s assistance schemes for employed and self-employed workers.”

Published: 03 April 2020

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Limited Company Directors Can Furlough Themselves

A reminder that limited company directors can receive assistance through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This may assist some members who would otherwise fall through the cracks of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.

Published: 02 April 2020

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Jumping into online teaching

In this first-hand account, Rick Finlay - professional drummer, teacher, and vice-chair of our Executive Committee - charts the ups and downs of moving his teaching practice into the online world.

Published: 01 April 2020

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