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We have more than 40 collective agreements with orchestras – from freelance chamber orchestras to large symphony orchestras (such as BBC Symphony Orchestra), opera and ballet orchestras. The salaries, rates of pay, and terms and conditions for those who play in orchestras are set by the collective agreements.

In addition, we have both Freelance Agreements and Employment Agreements to ensure you get the best negotiated salary rates, terms and conditions.

We also regularly develop new in-house agreements to recognise the unique requirements of individual ensembles who work outside of the orchestral scene.

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Details Released on How to Stand for an MU Committee

The MU is seeking to elect Section Committees for the following areas, and have released further details on how to stand for the MU’s Section and Equalities committees, including an application form.

Published: 20 January 2022

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PiPA are Looking for Classical Musicians, Composers, Singers and Conductors to Take Part in Their Inaugural Classical Music Survey

This aim of the survey is to investigate the impact of caring responsibilities on career progression in Classical Music as well as wider workforce issues including work-life balance and wellbeing.

Published: 20 January 2022

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Music Support Asks for Feedback From MU Members

Music Support is a charity that provides help for musicians dealing with addiction and/or mental health issues. Please complete their survey by 1 February to help improve and develop its services.

Published: 20 January 2022

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