New research demonstrates low levels of pay for self-employed professional musicians.

John Smith, MU General Secretary, says: "So many of the MU's members are SMEs battling against a tide of arts cuts and reduced income due to piracy. Small but significant investment by Government could make all the difference in the struggle to survive.

"What's also interesting is that of the musicians surveyed who receive royalty payments; over half said that they represented an important additional source of income for them. This finally puts paid to the argument that ordinary musicians do not benefit from copyright."

To read the report, download it here.

The MU has launched a campaign for fair pay for musicians which can be found at www.worknotplay.co.uk