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MU Members’ Conference 2019


24 Jul 2019

The inaugural MU Members’ Conference will be held on Wednesday 24 July – the day after the biennial Delegate Conference – at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel, East Sussex.

MU Members' Conference 2019 will be held in Brighton, UK in July

Contact UsAll 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.

Please be aware that in order to achieve an even number of members for all of the break-out sessions, you may not necessarily be allocated your first choice.

Session details

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?

Live Performance

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.

How to attend

Attendees travelling a long distance can apply for one night’s bed & breakfast accommodation on the 23 July, while travelling expenses will be reimbursed, along with any loss of earnings. Lunch will be provided.

Members attending the preceding day’s biennial MU Delegate Conference will automatically be invited to attend this inaugural Members’ Conference and do not need to register their interest.

Please register your interest in attending by 5 April. If you do not see a button at the bottom of this page inviting you to register your interest, then please make sure you are logged into the site.

The conference organisers will then contact you by email during April, when you will be able to:

  • Confirm your willingness and availability to attend
  • Indicate the breakout sessions you would prefer to join
  • Pay a £20 deposit (to be refunded upon attending the conference)

Event location

Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU