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Further Clarification on Welsh Firebreak

We’ve had further clarification from the Welsh Government on recordings, and broadcast and streamed performances being able to continue during the firebreak.

Published: 23 October 2020

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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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Further Funding for Individuals in Northern Ireland Announced

Department for Communities minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced that a further £3m has been allocated to the Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) for distribution to individuals in the arts and creative industries.

Published: 19 October 2020

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The MU and The Ivors Academy Welcome Government Inquiry into Music Streaming

The MU and The Ivors Academy have warmly welcomed today’s announcement of a Government inquiry into streaming in the music industry and, in particular, the economic impact music streaming is having on artists and the sustainability of the wider music industry.

Published: 15 October 2020

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The Journey of a Menopausal Musician

Multi-award winning saxophonist and MU Executive Committee member Millicent Stephenson shares her experiences, ahead of World Menopause Day 18 October.

Published: 15 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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CITES: End of Transition Update

If your instrument contains endangered species and you don't yet have Musical Instrument Certificate (MIC), you can apply for one for free.

Published: 14 October 2020

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Black History Month: The Playlist (Part Two)

In the second part of this blog, Saxophonist, Author and Music Education Consultant Nathan Holder highlights tracks by Black British musicians and how they can be incorporated into comprehensive lesson plans.

Published: 13 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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Musicians’ Hearing Health Scheme Reopens

The scheme, which offers hearing check ups, expert advice and custom earplugs at a discounted rate to MU members has now reopened selected clinics across the UK.

Published: 06 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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Black History Month: The Playlist (Part One)

Saxophonist, Author and Music Education Consultant Nathan Holder highlights tracks by Black British musicians and how they can be incorporated into comprehensive lesson plans.

Published: 01 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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Music in Crisis in Northern Ireland

We’re publishing an open letter in response to the recent announcement from the Northern Irish Executive that effectively bans live music in Northern Ireland.

Published: 29 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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