I've just seen the article titled "BDML music union deal" (News, 1 September).

The Musicians' Union is the only trade union for musicians, with some 30,000 members. The MIA is an industry association, not the same thing at all.

We have just launched a major insurance scheme of our own via our insurance intermediary, Hencilla Canworth Ltd. Under this scheme our members are provided with £1,000 worth of free musical equipment cover from Allianz Cornhill.

David Ashley
Assistant general secretary
Musicians' Union