Making a living from work as a musician is hard. Musicians are among the lowest paid workers in Australia. There are many more musicians looking for paid work than there are opportunities and, for some, the desirability of earning a living from music is so great that they are persuaded to work for little return based on a widely held industry fallacy that someday the hard work will pay off and the financial reward will come. Successful musicians are the ones that have realised that they need to be fairly remunerated for every performance and that they need to work just as hard on their business and negotiating skills as they do on their musicianship.
The Union exists to assist with the business side of being a professional musician.
Your membership fees are used by us to assist members with advice and, where necessary, provide legal assistance. We hope you will never directly need our legal assistance but know that if you do, the help we provide has been paid by other musicians, just like yourself, who believe that we are all better off when we help each other.
WHO SHOULD JOIN?
Musicians that believe in the following principles should join the Union.
- That all musicians should be paid fairly for the work they perform.
- That all contracts should be fair and beneficial to all parties involved.
- That all parties should act with integrity.
- That all performances should be to the musician’s highest standards.
- That the profession of musicians can be enhanced by acting collectively in a united voice and through participation in a democratic representative association.