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Why I Joined the MU: Millicent Stephenson

Multi award winning saxophonist, Millicent Stephenson, tells us how joining the MU helped her develop her passion for music into a full-time career.

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By Millicent Stephenson Published: 01 July 2019 | 12:00 AM Updated: 17 December 2021 | 5:40 PM
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Millicent Stephenson with saxophone. Photo credit: Keri Hunt,

“I had many questions when I started transitioning my music hobby into a career, so I joined the Musicians’ Union for advice.

“I was pleasantly surprised by what the MU offers. Advice from the MU prevented me signing a sync contract that could have strangled business.

“As a sole trader it is very easy to let business things slide but attending the informative and free development courses have kept me sharp and up to date, while also helping me to network with people across the artistic spectrum.

“I was elected to the Midlands Regional Committee in January 2018 and I am now on the MU Equalities Sub Committee.”

About Millicent

Millicent is a Saxophonist, Songwriter, Pianist, Vocalist, Music Director, Teacher and Independent Label owner (Silver Gliss Music). She recently released a new single, “Take Me To the King,” an uplifting instrumental reggae version of the Kirk Franklin song originally performed by Tamela Mann.

Alongside her own performance career, Millicent runs Cafemnee, a twice yearly networking event to support and mentor female musicians and singers. She is also an expert speaker for international music conference WhiiseCon, and serves as a member of both the MU Midlands Regional Committee, and the MU Equalities Sub-Committee.

Find out more about Millicent Stephenson on her professional website.

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