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      Mission Statement  

            The design of a Union is to promote the welfare of those within its ranks. By crystalizing common thought in unified expression and combining common desire in united action, we multiply a thousand-fold the power of otherwise comparatively helpless units of which our membership consists.

            Association, for whatever purpose, whether domestic, industrial, or national entails obligation and imposes restraints. Mutual help means also mutual forbearance and concession. We give up, whenever we associate ourselves with others, a small portion of our personal freedom in order to secure that larger liberty which can only be attained by mutual sacrifice and mutual effort.

    Hence our association.


    The Musicians Union of Australia was formed over a hundred years ago to protect the interests of musicians. Since then the MUA has negotiated awards governing conditions and rates of pay, represented musicians at all levels of government and industry and acted for musicians whenever their interests were threatened.

    The MUA continues to be the support network for all musicians through the ever changing circumstances of our industry. The need for our union today, in the current deregulated environment, is as great as ever.

    Joining the Musicians Union will give you protection, advice on all aspects of the Music Industry and make you part of the only organisation which specifically services the interests of all musicians.

      What Unions Do  

    • Collectively bargain to set minimum rates, working hours and conditions
    • Lobby Governments
    • Lobby Industry
    • Advise Governments on training
    • Provide input to curriculum in educational institutions
    • Protect workers' rights

      Extra Benefits  

    • Work Referrals
    • Recovery of Unpaid Fees
    • Free Copyright and Contract Advice
    • Free distribution outlet for your recordings
    • Free Financial and Legal Advice
    • Advice on Instrument and Equipment Insurance
    • Discounted Recording Studio Time
    • Discounted PA Hire, Lighting Hire and Rehearsal Studio Time
    • Discounts on Instruments, Accessories and Sheet Music

    The MUA does all of this and in addition, provides a wide variety of services
    specifically designed to meet the needs of musicians.

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