Cookies Policy

1.            INTRODUCTION

Our website is operated by the Musicians’ Union ("we/us"). Our offices are at Musicians’ Union, 60—62 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JJ.  Our VAT number is GB607 9078 22.

Our privacy policy and terms of use (respectively referred to from now on as the "Privacy Policy" and the "Terms of Use") apply when you use our website ("our Site"). Please read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use carefully before you start to use our Site. By using our Site, you indicate that you accept the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use and that you agree to abide by them.  If you do not agree to them, please refrain from using our Site.

Our Privacy Policy and the Terms of Use may change and therefore you should review them regularly.  We will of course notify you of any changes where we are required to do so.

1.            COOKIES 

1.1          What are cookies?

1.1.1      A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive through your browser, to recognise your browser and which records how you have used a website. This means that when you go back to that website, it can give you tailored options based on the information it has stored about your last visit. You can normally alter the settings of your browser to prevent it from accepting cookies.

1.2          How do we use cookies?

1.2.1      We may use ‘cookies’ to improve the way the Site works and to monitor how people use our Site. This helps us to understand how people use our Site so we can develop and improve the design, layout and function of the sites.  Third parties also use cookies through the Site, as described in more detail in Section 1.3.6 below.

1.2.2      There are different kinds of cookies with different functions:

1.2.3      Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session. They are automatically deleted when the browser is closed.  They usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page. They do not collect any information from your computer. 

1.2.4      Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is one stored as a file on your computer, and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.  We use persistent cookies for web analytics purposes.

1.3          The cookies we use are explained below:

1.3.1      Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, such as obtaining a quote or logging into your account, cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.

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1.3.2      Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages.   We do not use any performance cookies on this Site; however, third parties might use such cookies through this Site.  Please refer to Section 1.3.6 below for more information on how third parties use this Site.

1.3.3      Functionality cookies

These cookies allow websites to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, font and other parts of web pages that you can customise.  We do not use any functionality cookies on this Site; however, third parties might use such cookies through this Site.  Please refer to Section 1.3.6 below for more information on how third parties use this Site.

1.3.4      Targeting cookies

(a)          These cookies collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits.  They are usually placed by advertising networks rather than website operators.  They remember that you have visited a website and share this information with other organisations such as advertisers.  They do this in order to provide you with targeted adverts more relevant to you and your interests. Quite often they will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.  Although the cookies can track your visits around the web they do not usually know who you are.  Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests.

(b)          These cookies will usually be third party cookies, although if you are visiting the advertising network’s own website, it is technically possible these could be first party cookies. These cookies can be associated with services provided by the third party, but this is not always the case. All information these cookies collect is anonymised, although they contain a unique key that is able to distinguish individual user browsing habits or store a code that can be translated into a set of browsing habits or preferences. Generally speaking the third party’s Privacy Policy on their website will indicate if the cookie is being used as part of an advertising network.

Examples include:

(i)            Cookies placed by advertising networks to collect browsing habits in order to target relevant adverts to you. The site you are visiting need not actually be serving adverts, but often this will also be the case.
(ii)           Cookies placed by advertising networks to complement services used by website operators to increase functionality, for example, commenting on a blog, adding a site to your social network, providing maps or counters of visitors to a site.
(c)           We do not use any targeting cookies on this Site; however, third parties might use such cookies through this Site.  Please refer to Section 1.3.6 below for more information on how third parties use this Site.

1.3.5      Google Analytics

This Site uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.  Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  Google uses the __utma, __utmb, __utmc, and __utmz  cookies.  These are persistent cookies that expire in up to two years. With each new visit, the expiration date is refreshed. By using this Site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above. For more information about cookies used by Google Analytics refer to:

1.3.6      Third Party cookies

Third parties use cookies through this site to enable particular areas of the Site managed by third parties to properly work, to improve the functionality/performance of such areas, and perhaps when you share something on the Site using social media; particularly in respect of areas of this Site which have embedded/framed content from a third party. We do not have access to or control over the third parties’ cookies or other features that they may use (and the information practices of these third-party websites are not covered by this Privacy Policy) and these third parties cannot access any data collected from our site.

1.4          How to reject cookies

If you don’t wish to receive cookies that are not strictly necessary to perform basic features of our site you can set your browser to reject cookies or to tell you when a website tries to put a cookie on your computer.

Note that most web browsers will accept cookies, but if you would rather that we did not collect data in this way you can choose to accept all or some or reject cookies in your browser’s privacy settings.  Rejecting all cookies means that certain features cannot then be provided to you and accordingly you may not be able to take full advantage of all our Site’s features. The "Help" menu in the bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. Additionally, you can disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-ons settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.

For more information generally on cookies, including how to disable them, please refer to (  You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer.


The following is a list of first party cookies used on as at 3 July 2013. This list may not be an accurate reflection of the cookies used today due to changes or improvements in the way in which the website works.  For more detailed information on other cookies that may be used on our Site, please see our content management systems providers’ websites at: 

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