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    Last updated: 2 February 2008
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    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.

        Ethical Gigs  

    The Musicians' Union helps Venues and Musicians

    In the current economic climate it is tough for musicians to get gigs where a decent rate of pay is guaranteed. The Musicians' Union has identified one of the reasons for this as the high risk factor faced by venues and other promoters when they put on live gigs. The normal business solution to managing risk is underwriting, so The MUA has decided to apply this solution to the live music scene and has come up with a program called "Ethical Gigs".

    Ethical Gigs guarantees a fair minimum payment to every musician who plays at an Ethical Gig and also guarantees a single minimum payment to whoever is putting on the gig (this may be the venue, a promoter or anyone else who is taking the risk). Ethical Gigs can apply to any style of music and any size of act from a solo up.

    Ethical Gigs does not cost the venue, or the musician anything. Venues who are participants in the Ethical Gigs program are under no obligation to make all (or even a specified percentage of their gigs) part of the program. The program does not interfere in venues' selection of bands. Any venue and any band can be eligible to be part of the program.

    Contact us now and let us show you how Ethical Gigs can work for you:

    Musicians Union of Australia
    150 Bell St. Coburg 3158
    Tel: (03)9355 7620
    Fax: (03)9355 7621
    Email: ethicalgigs@people.net.au

      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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