MU members came together in Leeds for two days of keynotes, panels and breakout sessions exploring the big challenges facing musicians and how union members can solve them collectively.
Inspirational keynote speakers Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, Chair of the MU Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Linton Stephens, and Grammy nominated artist and singer Kelli-Leigh discussed their experiences and what change they want to see in the music industry.
More speeches came from MU Executive Committee Chair Alex Gascoine, who highlighted the EC’s complete commitment to EDI work, and General Secretary Naomi Pohl, who shared her experiences juggling work and childcare.
Over ten breakout sessions, members looked at many issues, including:
- How do we address the lack of protection and provision for parents and carers in the music industry?
- What support do older musicians need from the industry to sustain their careers and health?
- What do musicians want to see in an anti racist code of conduct for the music industry?
- How do we make the case for universal basic income for musicians?
- What can the MU to do better support members going through menopause?
- How do we ensure access to music education and a career in the music industry for working class musicians?
Solutions discussed by members at the conference are already feeding directly into MU policy and actions.