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Why Every Musician Should Take Part in the Musicians’ Census 2023

Music Works Podcast spoke to MU member Linton Stephens about the first contemporary Musicians’ Census and why every musician should take it.

Published: 01 March 2023 | 10:00 AM
Portrait of Linton Stephens sat on a row of chairs next to his bassoon.
Linton explains how often the issues musicians face transcend one particular genre, and that the Census is vital in capturing diversity and joined up thinking. Image credit: Chris Stenner.

Freelance bassoonist, BBC Radio 3’s Classical Fix host and Chair of the Union’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Linton Stephens, spoke to the Music Works Podcast about the Musicians’ Census and why every musician should take part.

Linton was joined by the MU’s Head of EDI John Shortell and Help Musicians Deputy Chief Executive Sarah Woods. They spoke about the importance of data, and how your contribution to the Census will ensure better support for the wider music community in the future.

The episode also explores definitions of the term “musician”, how the Census was put together, and the importance of reaching every musician.

Watch the full episode on YouTube, or listen on the go via Spotify, iTunes and Podbean.

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