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Section Committee Nomination Form 2016

Members wishing to stand for the Union’s Section Committees in 2016 can log in and download the Nomination Form now. Deadline for Nominations: 24 March.

A musician’s work is varied and our members work in many different ways. To respond to this, the Union has ‘Sections’, which act as focus groups for musicians working in areas such as music teaching, recording, composing, orchestras, theatre or live performance. These Sections are vital in informing the work of the Union and helping to shape Union policy.

Each Section has a democratically elected Committee that meets, as required by the Union’s Executive Committee (EC), in order to discuss stakeholder issues and, where appropriate, make recommendations to the EC. When necessary, the Sections may also choose to elect sub-committees to deal with individual types of employment covered by the overall remit of the Section. For example, it may be necessary to establish registers of Musicians’ Union members who work predominantly under the terms and conditions governed by one or more of the Union’s collective bargaining agreements (CBA), in order to facilitate accurate balloting of the appropriate members in respect of the renegotiation of the CBA.

Background

The Musicians’ Union’s EC took the decision to make some changes to the structure of the industrial and specialist sections in 2014. The changes were designed to enable the Section Committees to work more effectively in advising the EC on issues that affect members across all areas of the profession. This approach has ensured that the Section Committees are truly reflective of the different kinds of work that members carry out, under the auspices of each of the Union’s Departments.

For instance, the Live Performance Section Committee comprises members who work regularly in all areas of live performance. Such work should include gigs in pubs, clubs, festivals, busking, hotels, colleges, holiday camps, cruise ships and concert halls. Equally, the Recording and Broadcasting Section Committee comprises members who are session musicians, contracted artists, home recording artists and others, in order to ensure that all aspects of recording and broadcasting are properly represented on the Committee.

Standing for nomination

Nominations for all of the Section Committees, except the Orchestra Section, now take place in March every two years and are subject to ballot if required. If, as a paid up member of the MU, you would like to be considered for the Section Committees, simply complete and return the postage-paid form included with the Spring 2016 issue of The Musician journal.

Alternatively, you can print out and complete the Form available here as a pdf and return it by 24 March in a suitably addressed envelope to: Freepost RRAU-SHZK-KEAE, MU Sections 2016, MU HQ, 60-62 Clapham Road, SW9 0JJ.

If you need any advice or assistance in seeking nomination then contact your MU Regional Organiser who will be happy to help.

Remember, you can seek nomination for more than one Section Committee. Committee members will be expected to attend meetings at least twice a year and will be reimbursed for any travel expenses and/or loss of earnings where applicable.


Published: 10/03/2016
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