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Class 1 National Insurance update for Peripatetic Teachers

 

Before April 2012

Under the 1978 ‘categorisation of earners’ regulations if you were a teacher engaged for more than three days in three consecutive months and the engagement was in a traditional educational establishment, such as a school, college or university then you may have been an employed earner for National Insurance purposes and so Class 1 National Insurance would have been deducted.

April 2012

From 6 April 2012 the Regulations were repealed, self-employed teachers/lecturers teaching ineither vocational or academic institutions are not subject to pay to Class 1 National Insurance Contributions.

If you have undertaken peripatetic music teaching posts and have had Class 1 National Insurance taken from your earnings at sourceafter 6 April 2012, please see the HMRC brief (link below) which provides guidance on how to apply for a refund (if it is applicable)

www.hmrc.gov.uk/briefs/national-insurance/brief2812.htm

Urgent: Help us to get the Government to change National Insurance regulations

National Insurance MU campaign

Over the past six months, we have been trying to get the Government and HMRC to change the regulations that state that self-employed musicians now fall under Class 1 National Insurance (NI).

The current situation poses huge problems for musicians and for those who engage musicians as a result of them having to pay employees’/employers’ NI.

Film producers, who bring lucrative inward investment into the UK’s creative economy by way of recording soundtracks for films, are expressing concern about engaging UK musicians as a result of the extra expense. If these regulations are not repealed, we may also see the closure of a number of orchestras.

A consultation document has now been published by HMRC which supports our arguments, but it is vital that as many musicians as possible respond.

Please copy and paste the below letter into an email addressed to gillian.standen@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk

If you require any further information, please email ben.jones@themu.org or refer to the consultation document:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-insurance-and-self-employed-entertainers

 

Dear Mrs Standen

National Insurance (NI) and Self-employed Entertainers

As a musician, I would like to welcome the above consultation and thank HMRC for its consideration of these issues.

I would like to firmly support the preferred option 4 – repealing the regulations in respect of entertainers.

I believe that self-employed musicians (self-employed for tax purposes) and those who engage them should not be subject to Class 1 NI.

The current situation poses huge problems for musicians and for those who engage musicians as a result of them having to pay employees’/employers’ NI.

Film producers, who bring lucrative inward investment into the UK’s creative economy by way of recording soundtracks for films, are expressing concern about engaging UK musicians as a result of the extra expense. If these regulations are not repealed, we may also see the closure of a number of orchestras.

The Musicians’ Union will be submitting a more detailed response advocating option 4 in due course and I would like to voice my support for these arguments.

Posted: May 16, 2013

 

 

Music Copyright for Beginners Course, Cardiff, 6 June

As part of the Wales FEU / CULT CYMRU we have teamed uo with our friends at the Welsh Music Foundation to bring you two copyright events in one day.

 

Event 1: Music Copyright for Absolute Beginners Course

This is an introductory course which clearly explains Music Copyright from a first stage level. It is an informative guide for anyone who works with music in their business and for anyone who wishes to make music their living. The seminar is simple & easy to understand and scenarios are explained in a vivid & informative way. Content:

  • An explanation of music copyright – what is music copyright?
  • Music Rights – the different elements
  • Where does the money go?
  • Who and where to go to for music clearance
  • The licensing music process
  • How music royalties are generated
  • Performers’ rights
  • When music is in – and out – of copyright

 

Duration: 2.5hours, max. 25 spaces. Presenter: Ivan Chandler (Musicalities).

When: 6 June 2013

Time: 9.45am – 12.15pm

Where:

WMF Meeting Room
33-35 West Bute Street
Cardiff Bay
CF10 5LH Cardiff
United Kingdom

Please note that you may only register for either the Beginners or the Advance course.

Please follow the link below to register:

musiccopyrighttrainingbeginners.eventbrite.com

Date: June 6, 2013

 

 

 

Advanced Music Copyright Clearance Workshop

As part of the Wales FEU / CULT CYMRU we have teamed uo with our friends at the Welsh Music Foundation to bring you two copyright events in one day.

 

Event 2:  Advanced Music Copyright Clearance Workshop

The course will be a refresher in Music Copyright law and the copyright clearance process. The format for this course takes on a more practical and interactive approach. Attendees will be invited to review and discuss typical sync licence agreements, consent forms, commissioned composer contracts and how to ensure all bases are covered. Content:

  • Understanding Copyright & Choosing the Music
  • Composers & Contractual Arrangements
  • Music Licensing – Commercial & Library tracks
  • Recording the Music
  • Managing the Music, Danger Areas, Negotiating Tactics
  • Completion – Licences, Agreements, Music Cue Sheet

 

Duration: 3 hours, max. 12 spaces. Presenters: Ivan Chandler (Musicalities) & Sion Clwyd-Roberts (Capital Law).

When: 6 June 2013

Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Where:

WMF Meeting Room
33-35 West Bute Street
Cardiff Bay
CF10 5LH Cardiff

Please note that you may only register for either the Beginners or the Advance course.

Please follow the link below to register:

advancedcopyrightworkshop.eventbrite.com

Date: June 6, 2013

 

 

Music Education in the South West: What’s it all About?

A free informal networking event for anyone teaching music or using music in their work with children and young people. Helping you to piece the jigsaw together. Introducing you to the policy makers and funders who influence what you do and how.

Hosted by South West Music School with support from the MU and Youth Music.

Key Note Speaker: Richard Hallam MBE

Followed by an opportunity to meet with representatives from:

  • Arts Council England
  • Youth Music
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Music Mark
  • The SW Music Education Hubs
  • The Musicians Union

 

Find out more about what they do and why. Meet in small groups to ask questions and find out how they can help you and your young people now and in the future.  Do you have an idea they could fund? What resources do they have that could develop the way you work? Who else do they think you could be working with? What exactly do they do?

An Open Space afternoon handing the agenda over to you – what matters to you? What if affecting how you work now? What do you need to ensure that you support young musicians to be the best they can possibly be?

All topped off with an option for delegates (must be booked in advance) to attend the South West Music School end of residential performance lead by Keith Tippett including a world premier supported by the PRS for Music Foundation and The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation.

Lunch provided.

Marketplace for delegates and contributors.

Opportunity to observe at South West Music School residential in practice.

When: 30 July 2013

Time: 10.30 – 4pm

Where:

Bridgwater College
Cannington Campus
Rodway Hill
Cannington
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA5 2LS

To book your place visit www.swmusicnetwork.eventbrite.co.uk or call Sally Clements on 01392 460770

Special note to MU members:  In recognition of the expense of travel in this region the MU is making a modest contribution for 10 existing Musician’s Union members towards their travel expenses. Application details provided upon confirmation of booking and must be received no later than June 3rd. Allocations will be made on a strictly first come first served basis.

Date: July 30, 2013

 

 

 

 

You’re Hired!

How best to present yourself to get new work.

Effective interview and presentation skills – whether at a formal interview or a chance meeting where there might be work at the end of it – are essential. Some find the thought of self-presentation terrifying! Others find it easier. Whatever you feel, you can always do better.

This one-day workshop is designed to give practical advice and support to help you improve how you demonstrate your many skills and abilities to a potential employer, through both what you say and how you say it.

When: Friday 7 June 2013

Time: 10:30am – 4.30pm

Where:

Musicians’ Union
60-62 Clapham Road
SW9 0JJ

To find out more and to register follow the link below:

www.feutraining.org/2013/youre-hired-june-7/

Date: June 7, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the MU at Go North, Inverness, 5 – 6 June

MU Regional Organiser, Sheena Macdonald, and Duncan McCrone, Scottish Manager, MCPS, will be at Go North, in Inverness on Thursday 6 June.  This is an opportunity to meet and chat about any issues or questions you have about working as a musician or songwriter.

Email glasgow@theMU.org or call our Glasgow Office, 0141 341 2960, to arrange a time and a place to meet Sheena and Duncan or come along to the MU stand in the Mercure Hotel over the 2 days of the festival.

Where: Inverness

When: Thursday 6 June

For more information about Go North gonorthfestival.co.uk

Date: June 6, 2013

 

 

Scam warning: attention previous WOMEX participants

Please look out for mail or phone calls from:

Expo-Guide
European City Guide

MU members and others who have previously attended WOMEX have been targeted by the above companies. The following companies may also be operating in a similar way:

E.C.G.S.L
Construct Data (The Fair Guide)
World Business Directory
World Business Guide

If you are contacted by any of the above companies you are advised to contact the MU before you make any agreement with them or pay them any money.

WOMEX has asked us to clarify that these companies and their mailings have absolutely nothing to do with WOMEX, and that WOMEX is just one of the events targeted by these companies.

To contact the MU to discuss this issue email glasgow@theMU.org or phone 0141 341 2960

Posted: October 1, 2012

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