What are the benefits of being in the Musicians Union? A member tells us!
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My name is Matt Lawton and I am a UK bass player. I can usually be found laying down some bass lines down for Crosstown Studios, jamming in my jazz trio all over the Northwest, rocking out at weddings up and down the country, as well as running bass blog site www.mattlawtonbass.com, the one stop shop for bass blogging and jazz transcriptions!
I signed up to the Musician’s Union just over a year ago. Initially it was for the massive benefits in the shape of £2,000 gear insurance plus public liability. It doesn’t take long for these costs alone to rack up so I thought it was well worth it. It was only after I joined that I discovered the wealth of information and help from all sorts of industry professionals that was available to me.
I needed some copyright advice on which I had spoken to solicitors in the past who hadn’t been able to answer my questions. Matt was very attentive and gave me some great career advice while I was there. Although Matt was unable to answer my question at that time I still left feeling very motivated from the meeting and a week later Matt had found an answer to my copyright issues and sent a very detailed response straight over.
The service that I benefit the most from has to be the gear insurance because I’m basically using it 24/7! Being out gigging up and down the country every week you never know when you’re equipment will be at risk and losing any of it would impact me massively. Even when my van broke down on a gig my free breakdown cover that I take out through the MU got me home that same night and then I even got advice with how to fund the extortionate repair job.
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