MU members Alan, Jimmy and Rueben Slater are three brothers who started playing professionally in 1960 when they were aged 13 to 16 years old. The Slater family business, based in Wigton, ran a funfair and the boys named themselves after one of their traction engines. Hence Rue & the Rockets.
The Music Venue Trust has formally announced the launch of the Music Venues Alliance, an association of venues and organisations that have united behind the work of the Trust to engage with the industry, the cultural sector and politicians, to take actions that protect, secure and improve the UK's music venue network.
Freelance musician, composer and Manchester member Mark Jones is recovering from brain cancer and acknowledges the outstanding care and treatment from the NHS/Macmillan Cancer Support.
'Whatever Happened to John?' by MU member James Holt has been chosen by Brian Eno as one of his five 'Curator Choices' for NOISE Festival 2014.
Against the bleak background of orchestral pay freezes it is good to be able to report a small increase in pay at two orchestras.
The North West has a rich history of a strong and vibrant cultural sector with positive economic, social and education impacts. Changes to central and local government funding threaten to undermine this however.
A new guide is being produced to help promote better relations between buskers in Liverpool city centre and local businesses. It is thought to be the first of its type in the country.
The owners of the Night & Day live music venue have been notified by Manchester City Council that their licence is to be reviewed.
Applications are now open for mjf originals, the bespoke scheme for commissioning new jazz work for first performance at mjf 2014.
The MU are supporting the TUC march to "Save The NHS" on 29 September in Manchester. As well as marching we have decided to quite literally "bang the drum" by putting together a samba band for the event with the help of "Manchester School of Samba".