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Want to have a career as a musician? The Musicians' Union can help


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For a single payment of just £20 a year, students in full-time education can benefit from membership of the largest union of musicians in the world.

– Career and business advice

– Rights protection

– Free instrument insurance

– Free contract and partnership advice

– £10 million public liability cover

– Legal advice and assistance

– Network of 30,000 musicians across the UK

For anyone serious about being a working musician, the Musicians’ Union (MU) is the best backing group available and there has never been a better time to join as a student.

Such help is crucial from the very start of a career, including the protection of instruments, band issues, early gigs and recordings, co-writing decisions and the loading of original content on the internet.

Furthermore, the music industry itself can be a scary environment, with pitfalls apparently at every turn.

The MU has been helping musicians for over one hundred years get a foot on the ladder, make the most of career opportunities plus protect their rights and interests and campaign on their behalf in the industry and to government.

Whether looking to work in the live arena, in the recording world, as a teacher or writer/composer, the Union’s highly-respected range of services ensure all members - from student to experienced professional - have the peace of mind that they have the Union behind them.

Hundreds of name musicians are members.  On every type of instrument, in every field and every genre.  Aware of the timeless value of membership, many of these musicians joined when starting out and stay MU members throughout their working lives.

So if a student is already co-writing, in any kind of band, recording, or in a production team, they will benefit from the Union’s crucial help with band names, writing agreements, embryonic gigs and so much more.

Once out into the business world, this support becomes increasingly vital as musicians face the challenge of developing business skills, making contacts, handling management, filing accounts and learning about deals and rights.

Whether into folk, jazz, hip hop, dubstep, indie, metal, rock or orchestral music, students will always find like-minded people with years of experience and expertise in the MU.

Every musician finds that the MU gives musicians a voice - individually and collectively - to help nurture and improve the industry and to ensure that every member has the support and protection they need.

To join the MU and take advantage of the great value offer of a year’s membership for £20 visit

Plus you can follow the MU on Twitter right now: @WeAreTheMU


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