I met uber groovy Bindu Paul at a recent workshop that the Musicians Union was running. She was very engaging and told me about a whole raft of things that the Musicians Union have as free services for their members - including advise sessions. I have been a member for many years and although I was aware of some useful services - like the free public liability insurance there were loads of other things I didn't know about. So I thought it would be a good idea to invite her to a smart musicians meetup so she could tell us a little more. She was kind enough to pop down to the smart musicians club meetup to tell us why she thinks it more important now than ever to be a member of the union. Bindu Paul Education and Equalities Official - from the Musicians' Union (@WeAreTheMU) according to the Musicians Union Site this is a list of services you can access by being a member of the MU — Experienced staff & Officials — Nationwide Regional Offices — Dedicated helplines — Careers & business advice — Contract Advisory Service — Industry lists & leaflets — Campaigns & lobbying — Specialist Sections — Networking opportunities — MU website — Membership Directory — The Musician journal — Public Liability Insurance cover — Exclusive insurance schemes — Instrument protection — Health & Safety — Lifelong Learning — Courses, seminars & workshops — Personal injury package — Benevolent assistance — Medical hotline — Legal assistance — Partnership Advisory Service — Fee recovery & dispute resolution — Salary & rate negotiation — Contracts & Specimen Agreements — Consent forms — Rights protection — Media & session specialists — Fee collection & distribution — Tax Saving Guide — Pension schemes — Works Registration Service — MU Diary — Discount schemes — MU merchandise
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