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Music Education Expo highlights: Co-operatives

What is a co-operative? And how could a co-op help you? The MU and Co-operatives UK spoke to delegates at the Music Education Expo about how co-operatives could help their career as a music teacher...

What is a co-operative? And how could a co-op help you? The MU and Co-operatives UK spoke to delegates at the Music Education Expo about how co-operatives could help their career as a music teacher...

What is a co-operative? A co-op is a business that exists to serve its members. Each member has an equal say in what the co-operative does and how it does it. It’s democratically owned and controlled; teachers are masters of their own destiny. 

That’s not all. Co-operatives are cost effective and more sustainable. They work free of political interference and can adapt quickly to changing circumstances, opportunities and threats. 

Lots of people do it. Bakers, farmers, retailers, doctors, taxi drivers, actors, artists, writers, consultants, web-designers, dancers, orchestras... 12.9 million people own co-operatives in the UK.

There are challenges. Like all organisations, co-ops need strong and effective leadership. It can be difficult to find cash and get instruments. And finding enough qualified and experienced teachers, particularly in rural areas, may be problematic.

We can help. We are working with Co-Operatives UK on a guide to starting your own teaching co-operative. Visit www.uk.coop for more advice. If you have any questions, or want to investigate whether a co-op is right for you, get in touch via teachers@themu.org


Published: 18/03/2015

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