7 May sees the 120th anniversary of the first meeting of musicians in Manchester, which led to the founding of the Musicians' Union. The meeting was called by a 21 year old clarinettist, Joe Williams, who was to become the Union's first General Secretary.
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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). A consultation document has now been published by HMRC which supports our arguments, but it is vital that as many musicians as possible respond.
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The Musicians' Union, as a founder member of UK Music, is encouraging its members to contribute to a new research project being undertaken by UK Music in order to assess and celebrate the music industry’s contribution to the UK economy.