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The MU’s Fair Play Venue scheme invites you as an independent music venue to declare your support for the fair treatment of musicians and your opposition to unfair ticketing deals.

You then join a searchable database of venues across the UK. This is open to all musicians, not just MU members, and can be used to help them find your venue for their next gig, launch or tour.

Apply to be a Fair Play Venue now

It takes five to ten minutes to fill in the application form. If you have any accessibility requirements or would like help answering the questions, please contact the MU Regional Office for your area.

Does it cost anything?

The Fair Play Venue scheme is free for you to join, and free for musicians and fans to use.

What does my venue get out of it?

By joining the scheme, your venue commits to meeting our Fair Play Guide standards. This provides musicians with a clear sign that your venue is committed to the fair treatment of musicians, helping them to make informed decisions about where to perform.

In exchange:

  • Your venue is listed on the Musicians’ Union website as an accredited Fair Play Venue
  • Your venue may receive free promotion via the union’s digital and print communications, including over 34,000 members and over 70,000 fans on social media
  • You get a window sticker to show musicians and audiences that you are part of the scheme
  • The MU can provide useful resources and guidance to help your venue meet its Fair Play commitments to musicians now and in future

Why should I sign up to be a Fair Play Venue?

Becoming a Fair Play Venue:

  • Plugs you directly into a community of 34,000 musicians
  • Demonstrates your commitment to fair treatment and pay for musicians
  • Supports a more sustainable music industry, helping to build a more diverse roster of performers and creating a vibrant music scene for fans
  • Builds on your positive reputation with musicians, industry professionals and fans
  • When looking for appropriate spaces to host our events, the MU aims to work with Fair Play Venues where possible

Join a network of over 100 Fair Play Venues across the UK

Sign up your venue now

Fair Play Venues

Browse music venues that have already signed up for the Fair Play Venue Scheme

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