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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

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 the website.

Visit Creative Scotland Opportunities' website

Eteach

  • 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

RNCM Jobs Bulletin

A newsletter by the Royal Northern College of Music that gets sent out monthly – with jobs for ensembles, music teaching, choral and advertising courses. 

You have to subscribe to the mailing list by contacting amy.whitehead@rncm.ac.uk

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?

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Zigfrid Von Underbelly

Underbelly aims to offer original live acts to perform in the heart of Shoreditch / Hoxton in a 220 capacity sized venue 7 nights a week.

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Village Underground

We are a medium-sized venue in Shoreditch, we pride ourselves on programming artists from around the world and across different genres.

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Troubadour

The Troubadour is an historic, intimate venue offering emerging musicians a chance to showcase their burgeoning talent since opening in 1954.

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Trades Club

The Trades Club is a 200 capacity music venue in the town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

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Tower of Song

The Tower of Song features music to suit all tastes and each night of the week has a different theme.

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Toulouse Lautrec

Venue consists of two music rooms. Small to medium sized. Piano bar for jazz soloists and duos to provide subtle music for all types of guests.

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Thekla

Medium city centre venue that was once a cargo ship. Originally opened in 1982 as an entertainment venue, it was also the canvas for an early Banksy.

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