The Musicians’ Union is fully committed to ensuring that the health, safety, and welfare of its members are maintained.
The Union provides members with a range of services designed to achieve this, in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine and Musicians’ Hearing Service.
British Association for Performing Arts Medicine
The Musicians’ Union aims to ensure that performers receive expert medical assessments and advice. Working in partnership with the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM), the Union provides members with access to health care expressly designed for performing artists. The nationwide services available through BAPAM include access to free confidential clinics, providing in-depth medical assessments by specialist practitioners and a dedicated helpline that supplies advice and information on medical issues for performing artists.
In addition to its central London provision, BAPAM now has clinics in Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle/Gateshead, Manchester, and Portsmouth.
- For an appointment, please phone 0845 602 0235 (landlines), 020 7404 8444 (mobiles) or 004420 7404 8444 (from the Republic of Ireland) between 9AM and 5PM, Monday to Friday.
- For more information, a list of complementary and mainstream practitioners, and guidance on staying fit and healthy, please visit www.bapam.org.uk.
Musicians’ Hearing Services
Musicians’ Hearing Services (MHS) operates the MU’s Hearing Passport scheme, the Basic Hearing Test Scheme and also offers a nationwide service to freelance MU members. MHS specialises in the specific needs of musicians and the entertainment industry, offering hearing health surveillance to freelance musicians. It provides noise level measurements, on-site if required, and can advise on appropriate custom-made ear plugs, designed specifically for those operating in the music industry. MU members are entitled to access these schemes and obtain custom-made ear plugs at discounted prices.
Musician’s hearing passport scheme
Taking account of the freelance status of many MU members, the Union has developed the Musicians’ Hearing Passport scheme, in partnership with BAPAM and MHS, which offers hearing health surveillance for freelance MU members at a reduced cost of £40.
The Musicians’ Hearing Passport scheme includes:
- An in-depth examination by qualified audiologists with a full written results report
- A written report for health professionals/employers (upon request)
- Advice on hearing protection and conservation (including noise levels and the management of tinnitus)
- A discount on custom-made, noise-attenuating earplugs
- Regular check-up call-backs
Once all of the procedures are carried out, you will be issued with your own Musicians’ Hearing Passport, a wallet-sized card featuring your name, date of enrolment and the official MHS stamp. This card will show that you have received all of the necessary training, advice, and information required under the CNWR’s Hearing Health Surveillance requirements.
To register, find out more about the services MHS provides or to make an appointment, MU members can contact Musicians’ Hearing Services on 020 7486 1053 or email info [@] harleysthearing.co.uk.
MU safety representatives
The MU has a network of Safety Representatives who are concerned with ensuring the health and safety of musicians in the workplace. However, the Union recognises that its freelance members can be unable to raise these issues in the workplace. To resolve this difficulty, the MU has set up a team of roving Safety Reps who are available to assist members when such problems occur.
Health and safety courses
The MU also runs in-house Health & Safety courses, all of which place a particular emphasis on the entertainment industry. They are designed to assist new and experienced Safety Representatives alike.
These courses are very informal — there are no exams and very little written work is involved. It is important for all Safety Representatives to attend one of these courses in order to gain confidence in and full knowledge of musicians’ rights and how to apply them in the workplace.
(To find out when the next Safety Reps’ course is being held, Musicians’ Union members should contact their Regional Office.)