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PLI Policy and Schedule

Policy

Last updated: January 13, 2022
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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: March 28, 2022
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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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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: March 31, 2022
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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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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: December 13, 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: February 28, 2022
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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: March 31, 2022
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Flowchart Guide to Working in Europe

Guide

Last updated: May 17, 2022
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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 helpline run by Help Musicians UK for everyone in the music...

Last updated: May 12, 2022
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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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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 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: March 3, 2022
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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: March 31, 2022
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Tech Specs and Stage Plots

It iss 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: March 30, 2022
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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: January 18, 2022
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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: March 25, 2022
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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: March 30, 2022
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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: March 31, 2022
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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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Specimen Synchronisation Licences for Advertising

Specimen document

Last updated: March 25, 2022
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Specimen Synchronisation Licences for Film

Specimen document

Last updated: March 25, 2022
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