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Rates of Pay and Agreements

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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Theatre Agreements and Rates of Pay

The MU has collective agreements for musicians covering National theatres and 'West End' theatres in London.We also have House Agreements with companies. Each of these...

Last updated: December 4, 2020
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Recording Agreements, Rates of Pay and Consent Forms

The MU has collective bargaining agreements with the BBC, ITV, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), and independent film and TV producers who form the Producers’...

Last updated: October 11, 2021
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MU Recommended Rates

Our ‘recommended rates’ are the minimum you should be paid for your work – a guide to your value, an aid to your negotiations, and a basic calculation of how much you need to...

Last updated: October 11, 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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Orchestral Agreements and Rates of Pay

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...

Last updated: July 13, 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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Orchestras Under the ABO/MU Agreement

ABO Category 1 OrchestrasAcademy of Ancient MusicAcademy of St Martin in the FieldsAurora OrchestraBirmingham Contemporary Music GroupBritten SinfoniaChineke! OrchestraCity of...

Last updated: November 18, 2021
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Workplace Representation

The MU negotiates and agrees fees, rates and conditions with all the major UK orchestras, theatres, engagers and organisations, as well as setting our own promulgated rates...

Last updated: August 4, 2021
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Rate Guidelines for Remote Recording Session Work

You will likely need to be more flexible with your time to cater for equipment setup, not having a producer on hand and additional communication to get things right. Therefore...

Last updated: June 11, 2021
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Membership Rates

Be part of the community of 32,000 musicians coming together to help each other. We are working to protect our members’ rights and campaign for a fairer music industry. We are...

Last updated: September 20, 2021
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Live Streaming in a Place of Worship, Including Organists

Streaming rights for church musiciansIn some cases, places of worship are beginning to opt for the use of streaming technology to broadcast services to their congregations...

Last updated: October 8, 2021
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Sync Licensing for Music Users

For all new uses of commercial music, such as sync for advertising, use in film and tv, use of recording in backing tracks or live performance, session musicians must be cleared...

Last updated: March 25, 2021
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Risk Assessments during Covid-19

Risk Assessment should include workplace stress risk assessments, ventilation risk assessments.The key elements of this are distancing (including at your work station, access...

Last updated: July 26, 2021
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How to Complete a Funding Application

Read the briefIs this the right funding for your idea/project? Most funding awards have fairly strict briefs and you’re unlikely to win an award if your project doesn’t clearly...

Last updated: July 30, 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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Recording and Broadcasting Section

The negotiated collective agreements set out the terms and conditions under which session musicians work, when engaged by each employer, for the next three to five years. We also...

Last updated: June 11, 2021
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Orchestral Touring Abroad

Whilst orchestra members are covered as employees when travelling with the group, awareness of the needs of freelance musicians led to the Union negotiating with the Association...

Last updated: October 11, 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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Holiday Pay

In the UK, full-time employees are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ (28 days) paid leave per year. A part-time employee is entitled to 28 days’ paid leave reduced pro rata...

Last updated: January 20, 2021
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6 Top Tips on Negotiating Your Gig Fee

MU members have access to a number of resources both online and offline to help make the negotiation process as straight-forward as possible, and remember your Regional team are...

Last updated: July 12, 2021
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Orchestra Section

More than 30 Orchestra Stewards are embedded within the major orchestras and eight Roving Orchestra Stewards work as freelance players across the UK. They look after the...

Last updated: July 19, 2021
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