The Musicians’ Union (MU) represents over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors and genres of music. As well as negotiating on behalf of its members with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages.

From financial worries to dealing with "imposter syndrome", there is a wealth of information and support available on their website, and here are some key articles that may prove most useful this Mental Health Month and beyond. 


For a general guide, the Musicians' Union have created a Wellbeing Guidance Pack, a "series of expert advice and guides to take care of your state of mind and body while working as a musician".

View Wellbeing Guidance Pack


The UK Cost of Living crisis is a major cause of concern for everyone, musicians included. Membership of the MU brings a multitude of benefits including support with your finances. From insurance policies, helping you recover unpaid fees, and ensuring you receive any royalties owed, it could help bring a little peace of mind in financially troubled times.

Find out more.  


The Musicians' Union offer support to musicians of all genres, specifically catering to those earlier in their career through the publication of their Young Freelancer's Guide to Mental Health in the Music Industry, which is free to download for non-members. You'll also find a directory of organisations supporting musicians with their mental health, for further support. 

Download the Young Freelancer's Guide to Mental Health in the Music Industry 

"Access to health and wellbeing resources are crucial for the longevity of musicians’ careers. We want a culture change where musicians feel empowered to ask for help before reaching crisis point. We’re proud to be working with YCAT and BAPAM, and we hope to continue to deliver on this for our members." - Rose Delcour-Min, Musicians' Union Education and Equalities Officer

Contact the Musicians' Union:


0207 8405 570

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