MU Delegate Conference Our Delegate Conferences are held every two years and help to form MU policy. Last updated: 28 October 2020 The MU Delegate Conference is an important part of our Union’s democracy. The next conference will be held in the summer of 2021. Delegates receive a report from the Executive Committee (EC) on its activities since the last Conference, considers motions and amendments originating from Regional Committees, decides matters of policy and determines rule changes. Delegates also decide what the Union will focus on for the next two years – what we do, what we fight for, and how we are run. Members elect Delegates to go to the Conference – so you have a say. That’s a core trade union value. How does MU Delegate Conference work What do they talk about? Each of the MU’s six Regions has an elected Regional Committee that talks about issues affecting them, such as local venues under threat. They send motions about these issues to be discussed at Conference. Delegates at Conference then discuss the motion, and vote to support or it or not to support it. What happens to motions afterwards? Those that pass are implemented. So if it’s a policy issue, it becomes MU policy. If it is something practical, we do it. What are Standing Orders? Standing Orders are the rules that govern how Conference is run – how many people need to be there, and rules for speaking and passing motions. An elected Standing Orders Committee made up of MU members checks that all the motions comply with the MU’s rules and include a call to action. Every member gets a say That’s a core trade union value. Delegates are MU members, nominated and democratically elected by other MU members. You can stand for election too, as long as you’ve been an MU member for at least a year. Why not stand as a delegate next time? Look out for future editions of The Musician and The Musician Extra for more information. Who chooses delegates? You do. Delegates are nominated and democratically elected. You can stand for election, as long as you’ve been an MU member for at least a year. Why not stand as a delegate next time? Look out for future editions of The Musician and The Musician Extra for more information. Can’t wait with a great idea? Think about sending a motion to your Regional Committee. Get in touch with your Regional Office to find out how. And keep an eye on your member e-mails for how to stand as a Delegate for the next Conference.