FAQs / What do the MU do about musicians playing for free?

There’s little that we can do when musicians inform us that they agreed to do an unpaid show, but then felt aggrieved afterwards, often when they realised that the promoter/venue must have made a lot of money from their performance whilst they received nothing. Most of the time this bad practice is not illegal – it’s just immoral. With this in mind, we’re doing our best to educate all involved: artists, in order that they can find the best work available; employers, who may not understand the implications of exploiting musicians, and the public, who play a crucial role by attending gigs and buying tickets.

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