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New and emerging artists face many challenges starting out in the music industry. Some are specific to musicians, and others are shared with young workers across the UK. The MU’s work with young musicians covers both, highlighting union advice, creating resources for young members, and working with young people across the trade union movement to challenge inequality and injustice at work.

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Mentoring in Music

Create your own opportunities to get mentoring or be a mentor with this DIY mentoring guide. It covers finding a mentor, setting goals, the mentoring process, and more.

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It's ok not to be ok

A Guide to Mental Health and the Music Industry

Get insight and advice to help build a sustainable career as a young self-employed musician. Looking at common challenges including anxiety, burn out, setting boundaries, and building your support network.

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Get support as a young musician through MU membership

Access expert music industry advice and services whether you are a music professional in full-time music education, an occasional gig player, a part-time recording artist or looking to kick-start your career as a musician.

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Court of Appeal Rule that the Calculation of the Government’s SEISS Scheme Discriminated Against New Mothers

Campaign organisation Pregnant Then Screwed submitted an appeal about the disproportionate impact SEISS calculations have on new mothers, which has now been accepted with the caveat that the urgency of the situation justified the discrimination.

Published: 29 November 2021

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