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First Day of MU Delegate Conference

Today saw the first day of the MU Delegate Conference 2021, which for the first time ever is being held largely online due to the pandemic.

Published: 20 July 2021 | 3:06 PM Updated: 08 December 2022 | 11:59 AM
Photograph from the MU Conference in 2019, focusing on a large white speakers podium with
Motions passed today included expanding the MU maternity/paternity grant for multiple births and campaigning for a Universal Basic Income. Photo credit: Musicians' Union

Despite the unusual set up, motions were moved as passionately as ever and delegates had the opportunity to ask questions about the work of the MU over the past two years.

The first motion passed asked the MU to publish more webinars on its website, which is something that we have already been looking into and agree would be a great addition to training for members.

Other motions passed today included expanding the MU maternity/paternity grant for multiple births, campaigning for a Universal Basic Income, the promotion of music education, refurbishing existing venues, and creating best practice guidance for engaging support acts.

Good debates were also had on issues such as mental health and wellbeing support, and the casualisation of the music education workforce.

Conference was addressed via video by The General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O’Grady, Benoit Machuel from the International Federation of Musicians, Peter Leathem, Chief Executive of PPL and Jo Stevens MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

Catch up with the highlights on Twitter, where we’re sharing key moments as they happen.

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