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Details Released on How to Stand for an MU Committee

The MU is seeking to elect Section Committees for the following areas, and have released further details on how to stand for the MU’s Section and Equalities committees, including an application form.

Published: 20 January 2022 | 1:42 PM Updated: 26 January 2022 | 12:09 PM
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Members interested in standing should read the following information, and then complete the short application form linked to below. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The MU is seeking to elect Section Committees for the following areas:

  • Education
  • Freelance Orchestral
  • Live Performance
  • Music Writers'
  • Recording & Broadcasting
  • Theatre

There is a maximum of 20 seats on each Section Committee, to be occupied by members working in the relevant sector of the music industry. Section Committees are able to make recommendations to the Union's governing body – the Executive Committee – on issues of relevance to their sectors.

Members interested in standing should read the following information, and then complete the short application form linked to below. The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 7 February.

The Equalities Committee

The MU also has an Equalities Committee which plays a vital role in ensuring the MU is equipped to tackle relevant issues, including discrimination and inequality, and stays at the forefront of best practice for equality, diversity and inclusion.

The Equalities Committee brings together four different equalities strands and anyone who would like to stand for nomination must represent the group they wish to stand for: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members, Disabled members, LGBT+ members and Women members.

Expected commitment

Members of all Section Committees and the Equalities Committee are elected for a two-year term and are expected to attend a number of meetings each year.

Members are not expected to devote excessive amounts of time to Committees, but input to Committee meetings and on specific issues is much appreciated and useful.

Reserved seating

The MU has introduced a reserved seat system for the Section and Equalities Committees. Reserved seats are common practice within the Trade Union movement to ensure fair representation and to make unions more effective when tackling issues.

It is hoped that increased diversity on Section Committees will ensure the Committees are fully representative and shift the MU’s thinking, and offer a range of new perspectives making the MU a more inclusive trade union.

Access information

Committee meetings last between two and three-hours depending on the format. The meetings are a mix of in person and online. Zoom meetings are usually two-hours, whereas in person meetings can be for three-hours depending on the length of the agenda and breaks are scheduled into the meeting.

The MU are committed to removing barriers to participation and will meet members access needs. If you have any questions about access please contact john.shortell@theMU.org

How to stand

If you are interested in standing for any of these Committees, you will first need to ask a fellow member of the relevant MU Section to nominate you. For the Equalities Committee you just need another MU member to nominate you.

Once you have the name and MU membership number of your nominator, please click the link below to provide these details and further information about you and your relevant experience. The process should take less than 10 minutes.

Stand for a committee

Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday 7 February.

Please note: If you wish to stand for more than one Section Committee, you will need to submit a new copy of this form for each application. 

You should receive an auto-acknowledgement when your application(s) have been successfully received. If you don’t receive this, please check your junk mail and if you have still not received an acknowledgement, please email sections@themu.org to check whether your application has been received or not.

If you have any questions or would like any further information, please email sections@theMU.org

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