The inaugural Musicians’ Union Members’ Conference will be held on Wednesday 24 July 2019 – the day after the biennial Delegate Conference – at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, East Sussex.
All members are invited to join the General Secretary and the Union’s Executive Committee at this key event, to have an input into the development of policy and strategy, and in order to address current and forthcoming industrial and political issues affecting musicians.
The programme will incorporate breakout sessions and attendees can choose to attend one morning and one afternoon session. The Conference will begin at 10.30am and close at 4pm.
The subjects for the sessions are as follows:
Education & Equalities
- Morning session – Inclusive Music Teaching: discussion of the issues and challenges for teachers
- Afternoon session – Access to Music Education: is music becoming the preserve of those who can afford it?
- Morning session – Access All Areas: building a career for life. Exploring the ways in which performing artists can find additional revenue streams and develop portfolio careers.
- Afternoon session – Touring: it’s no good for my health. A look at the mental and physical effects of life on the road and what the MU can do to encourage healthier workplaces and environments.
- Morning session – The decline in music education and its impact on orchestras. How can the MU influence positive change?
- Afternoon session – Examining the power of the union in the employed and freelance orchestral sector. How can the MU empower our activists in the face of anti-union or recalcitrant managements and against apathy from colleagues or non-union members?
Recording & Broadcasting
- Morning session – Modernising the collection of performer data from recording sessions: finding a solution that works for Musicians’ Union members, Approved Contractors and the wider industry.
- Afternoon session – How can the MU best improve and expand the services it provides to music writers?
Communications & Government Relations
- Morning session – Shaping how we talk online: digital communications focus group.
- Afternoon session – Moving from slacktivist to activist: online to offline organising.
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