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MU disclaimer and advice

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of linked websites – see our website Terms of Use for further information.

We encourage you to research each job opportunity and ensure it is legitimate, and have every engagement or agreement in writing. Learn more about our guidance and resources for musicians when taking on a job.

Where to find job opportunities

Arts Council England

Job vacancies in arts and culture. You can sign up to their newsletter which is dedicated to job opportunities, and customise your preferences. Visit Arts Council England Jobs' website

Arts Council Northern Ireland

Job opportunities in Northern Ireland. Visit Arts Council NI's website

Arts Council of Wales

Jobs and opportunities in creative industry in Wales. Visit Arts Council Wales website

Baluji Music Foundation

The Baluji Music Foundation looks for employment for professional blind and visually impaired musicians. Find out more on Baluji Music Foundation website and get in touch with them to get involved.

Black Lives in Music

Black Lives in Music (BLiM)works to improve the diversity and inequality of opportunity for Black musicians and industry professionals in the music industry. You can find opportunities from Black Lives in Music and their partner organisations at the BLiM website.

View BLiM jobs

Creative Scotland Opportunities

Creative opportunities offered by creatives in Scotland, including jobs. Opportunities extend throughout the UK. You can also advertise or sign up to their newsletter by registering on their website.

Visit Creative Scotland Opportunities' website

GigRealm for live music artists

Gain access to paid gigs being organised by venues and one-off event organisers. Build an online profile to connect you with paid gigs, promote your music, get booked and manage your gig schedule with ease.

Visit GigRealm for Artists


  • Education and teaching jobs listings and recruitment service. Mainly classroom music teaching, but some instrumental and vocal teaching jobs too. 
  • Opportunities across the UK and internationally.

Visit Eteach's website

Musical Chairs

Online resource for classical music professionals and students. You can find orchestral jobs here as well as instrumental teaching and arts administration jobs. 

Visit Musical Chairs Jobs website

Music Jobs UK

  • This website lists job vacancies in the cultural sector and is the world's largest job board for orchestral musicians. Here you can find jobs amongst orchestras, universities, academies, music schools, arts management and much more.
  • Opportunities across the UK and internationally

You have to sign up to get access to job ads and there is a monthly paid subscription to access the site's full content. Visit Music Jobs UK website

Music Mark Jobs

  • Instrumental and vocal teachers, and music education management jobs.
  • Opportunities in England and Wales.

Visit Music Mark Jobs' website

Rhinegold Jobs

  • Professional and educational jobs in the music industry.
  • Opportunities across the UK and internationally.

Visit Rhinegold Jobs' website

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)

Opportunities in the Scottish music industry.

Visit SMIA's website

Sound Sense

  • Instrumental and vocal teacher jobs, and a community for musicians.
  • Opportunities across the UK and internationally.

Visit Sound Sense Jobs' website

Tes Jobs

  • Academic, education, teaching, support and leadership positions for networks of teachers and teaching professionals.
  • Opportunities across the UK and internationally.

Visit Tes Jobs' website 

Guidance and resources

Did you come across a job listing asking musicians to work for no or low pay?

The MU regularly hears from musicians asked to work for free. Asking musicians to work for free is unacceptable at any time.

If you come across a job listing asking musicians to work for no or low pay, report it to the MU or share it on social media using the hashtag #WorkNotPlayMU.

Let us know

Music is work, not play

Learn more about our fight for fair pay for musicians and what else you can do to help us build a picture of the problem and get data to work on solution.

Are you an MU member?

Contact your MU Regional Office for advice on if that “opportunity” is really worth it, and strategies for negotiating a fee.

Did you come across a job listing asking musicians to work for no or low pay?

Find a Fair Play Venue

The Court House

A 200 capacity, central independent venue, which offers paid weekly or monthly residencies, support and headline slots.

Northern Ireland
Read more about The Court House

Peckham Levels

Venue hosting live gigs and club nights either in 450-standing capacity Gig Space or 150-standing capacity Auditorium.

Read more about Peckham Levels

The Shed

A community space with a cafe bar offering live music, open mic nights, comedy and networking events.

Read more about The Shed

The Slaughtered Lamb

A contemporary pub venue with an entertainment space in the basement for live music, club nights, DJ’s and comedy.

Read more about The Slaughtered Lamb

The Tin Music and Arts

An artistic hub (with artist’s studio and Community Space) offering events across two neighbouring premises which books established and international acts, as well as local homegrown talent.

Read more about The Tin Music and Arts