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Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers, local authorities and the like increasingly require written evidence that musicians are insured against Public Liability before they are able to perform. Public...

Last updated: November 30, 2021
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MU Insurances

Does my Public Liability cover my band?No. All membership benefits are for individuals only.Do I need to register to be covered for Public Liability?No – this cover is...

Last updated: April 12, 2021
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Help Centre

MU MembershipI joined by Direct Debit – how long till I become a member?If you joined by Direct Debit this can take up to 3 weeks to set up, you’ll have no access to any service...

Last updated: January 7, 2021
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Releasing Your Product

Checklist to releasing your music or productCheck copyright — make sure you know who owns the copyright as you may need a licence to release your productRegister with rights...

Last updated: July 13, 2021
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Starting Out Gigging

Getting your first gigsYour first gigs should be low-key. They should allow you to try out various songs, sets and running orders, to perfect your performance and settle on a...

Last updated: August 2, 2021
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8 Things You Need to Know Before Going on Tour

Here are eight things it’s important to be aware of before you go on tour, and where to find further resources on our website.1. Have a written contractProtect yourself against...

Last updated: October 8, 2021
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Starting Private Teaching Practice

Some music teachers have devoted their lives to music education, some teach as one part of a portfolio career. Some have always been self-employed, and some are new to the...

Last updated: October 14, 2021
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Share your Invest in Musicians story

You can find your MP’s email address on the Parliament website.You can still write to your MP if you’re a British citizen living abroad, and if you have no fixed address.Step 1:...

Last updated: February 1, 2021
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Online Wills Service

Through the interactive Wills Service, you will be interviewed on your requirements for your Will – and from these instructions the online form will generate your Will documents...

Last updated: July 5, 2021
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Mental Health Support

Here’s a list of organisations that may be particularly useful to musicians.Music Minds Matter is a free 24/7 helpine run by Help Musicians UK for everyone in the music industry...

Last updated: August 26, 2021
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Mentoring in Music

The guide includes information on what mentoring is, its benefits, and information on the roles of mentee and mentor.It also includes a step by step guide covering:Finding a...

Last updated: August 27, 2021
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Music Streaming Royalties

According to figures released by the BPI, streaming now accounts for over half of all UK music consumption. In December 2017, the industry witnessed a new landmark of 1.5...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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Copyright Advice for Songwriters and Composers

Copyright is a ‘property’ right. This means that the owner of the right, who can be the author or any person to whom the author has assigned it, has the exclusive right to...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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School Visiting Music Teachers

This information is taken from the Charter for Visiting Music Teachers, which we produced jointly with the National Education Union (NEU) to give practical advice on how schools...

Last updated: December 2, 2020
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Tech Specs and Stage Plots

It’s good to have an up to date list of requirements that can help make the gig go smoothly, and make the ‘get in’ and sound check less stressful.Here’s some advice on putting...

Last updated: July 14, 2021
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Health and Safety During Pregnancy and on Return to Work

All employers must carry out a workplace risk assessment, including identifying any risks to pregnant women or new mothers, and do all that is reasonable to remove or reduce any...

Last updated: August 23, 2021
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Contractors (Fixers)

An approved contractor, often called a fixer, is an individual or company who has signed an agreement with, and is authorised by, the Musicians’ Union to engage musicians for...

Last updated: December 1, 2021
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Music Teaching during Covid-19

Guidance is produced by the UK Government (for England) and by the devolved governments for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The advice on this page covers:Teaching in...

Last updated: December 1, 2021
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Tax and National Insurance

For employed musiciansIf you are employed, your employer is responsible for deducting Income Tax and National Insurance from your salary via the PAYE system. Your employer then...

Last updated: October 27, 2020
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Musical Instrument Certificate (MIC)

The following information has been supplied to the MU by the UK CITES Management Authority in Bristol – Animal and Plant Health Authority (APHA) following the UK's exit from the...

Last updated: October 8, 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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Self Assessment

Self Assessment and the current year basisThe Self Assessment system consists, essentially, of two stages:— Firstly the completion of a tax return detailing all taxable income...

Last updated: October 27, 2020
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CD Baby Digital Distribution Agreement Review

CD Baby is a division of Audio & Video Labs, Inc. and is a US company.Note:Artist can access services covered by the addenda which will also be binding. This summary deals only...

Last updated: April 30, 2021
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