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Fair Play Venue Scheme

Whether you’re planning a tour or looking for venues in your area, finding places to play where musicians can be certain of getting a fair deal can be a trial and error exercise, and difficult to research.

Last updated: 07 January 2021

The MU set up the MU Fair Play Venue scheme in 2013, inviting venues to declare their support for the fair treatment of musicians and their opposition to pay-to-play and unfair ticketing deals by signing up to the Fair Play Scheme.

Fair Play Venues can be identified by the sticker displayed on the premises, but now the Fair Play Venue database allows you to search those venues online for the first time.

Browse Fair Play Venues

From here, you can locate Fair Play Venues in your area, read about the kind of music they promote and find out how you go about getting a gig.

Use the Musicians’ Union's database to find Fair Play Venues across the UK, what they are looking for, and how to get gigs.

If you’ve been booked to perform at a Fair Play Venue recently please get in touch and let us know how you got on, particularly if you need any help or advice from us as your Union. You can email us at

How does a venue get involved?

A venue may be considered a Fair Play Venue if it endorses the principles of our Fair Play Guide. The Fair Play Guide offers advice – to both artists and promoters - on co-promotions, ticketing deals, showcases and competitions, so that musicians can identify when a deal is fair.

If you have played a gig that went well, at a venue where you were treated fairly and had a positive experience, let us know about the venue and who runs it.

If you would like to nominate a venue to be added to the Fair Play Venue database, email us at