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Job Contracts and Business Agreements

Contracts for freelance workThe MU produces Standard Contracts for various types of engagements and work. In cases where standard MU contracts are not used, written evidence of...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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Standard Contracts

It is in musicians' interests to always use an MU Standard Contract as these provide evidence of the conditions of an engagement if a dispute arises. The MU cannot always assist...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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Contracts and Income Loss

The decision about returning to the workplace or performing in public is one that only you can take. You must make sure that you take adequate steps to review any relevant...

Last updated: October 19, 2021
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Specimen Agreements for Music Business

Last updated: July 29, 2021
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Cancelled Contracts

Many musicians are in a situation where their work has to be cancelled, for instance if they were due to depart on tour or to perform in a venue. Here the advice is likely to be...

Last updated: October 19, 2021
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Contract Advisory Service

If you've been offered a music business agreement - whether that's a publishing agreement, a music manager contract, a recording contract or a different corner of the music...

Last updated: September 2, 2021
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Loss of Income Cover

There is no insurance that we are aware of that covers loss of income to an individual following the closure of a business from Covid-19, or any other cause.If your employer or...

Last updated: October 19, 2021
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Aggregator Digital Distribution Services

An aggregator allows musicians to get their tracks onto iTunes, Spotify, and similar services in return for a fee or commission. Musicians often wonder which aggregator they...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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Postponed and Rescheduled Work

Some music venues are beginning to look to host gigs that have been cancelled, and are beginning to schedule accordingly.It’s vital that the industry gets back on its feet and...

Last updated: October 19, 2021
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Employment Contracts

If you’re offered a contract of employment you should always arrange for specialist legal advice before signing.MU members are entitled to employment advice from a lawyer...

Last updated: July 20, 2021
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Teaching Pay and Employment

You can find advice here on recommended rates of pay, contracts, holiday pay, redundancy and other employment issues related to teaching. If you need further assistance, please...

Last updated: July 20, 2021
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Specimen Sync Licences

The MU has a range of resources to help musicians negotiate synchronisation deals and agree appropriate terms for the use of their music. We have produced template sync licences...

Last updated: July 20, 2021
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Employment Rights for Teachers

Access to Statutory Sick Pay, Universal Credit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) will depend on your employment status. See the Government website for the latest...

Last updated: August 2, 2021
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Arrangers and Copyists

Often, an artist or other commissioner will want to record or perform an existing musical work but in an edited format and/or with a different orchestration. ArrangersOnce an...

Last updated: October 14, 2021
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Commissioned Work

There are no absolute rules when it comes to negotiating a commissioning fee, however factors such as a project’s overall budget, how integral the music will be to the project...

Last updated: October 14, 2021
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Gigs and Live Performances

The MU is here to support live musicians and performers across the music industry. We can help you to make the most of your gigs and assist in fixing any problems you might come...

Last updated: October 14, 2021
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Unpaid Fee Recovery Service

Lost fees can happen for all kinds of reasons.Maybe your gig has been cancelled last minute, or you’ve completed your part in a recording project only to be rewarded with...

Last updated: August 20, 2021
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Live Engagement Rates of Pay

Examples of the payment deals you may be offered or able to negotiateA straightforward guaranteed fee (paid in advance, on the night or within an agreed timescale).A guaranteed...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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Recording Contracts with Labels

When offered a recording contract with a label:Make sure you know how and when you will be paid. Ideally you will be given a cash advance in lieu of future royalties.Try to...

Last updated: June 11, 2021
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