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Teaching Health & Safety Advice Released

We’ve released new health & safety advice for teachers working during the Covid-19 pandemic, to help members who are considering a return to work prepare.

Published: 15 June 2020

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BBC of Exceptional Value to Public During Crisis

We responded to a Select Committee inquiry into the future of public broadcasting, explaining why the BBC is essential to making sure that arts and culture and available to everyone.

Published: 12 June 2020

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Working to Re-Open the West End

The Stage have published details of a confidential letter received by the Union from the Society of London Theatre several weeks ago.

Published: 10 June 2020

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New Ways of Working: Teaching Choirs Online

Kerry Boyle, an experienced singing teacher and choral director, talks us through her personal experience of moving to online teaching with the choirs she works with, and the lessons she’s learnt along the way.

Published: 29 May 2020

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BBC Proms Will Go Ahead in a New Format

The organisers behind the BBC Proms have stated that they are standing with music lovers everywhere, and musicians around the world affected by Covid-19, and that this year they plan to host the “Not the proms as we know them, the Proms as we need them.”

Published: 29 May 2020

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Recording Sessions: A First Step Back on the Road to Recovery

Our Assistant General Secretary, Phil Kear, describes how the “Recording studios in England are on the threshold of welcoming back session musicians to fulfil a programme of recordings for film, TV, video games and commercial audio recordings.”

Published: 29 May 2020

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Next Steps: Picturing Possibilities for the Return to Work

MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl examines the question, “When will it be time for musicians to go back to work and what might work look like in the Government’s Covid-19 recovery phases?” in the hope of giving “a very broad-brush idea of what might be possible as we eme

Published: 22 May 2020

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Our Keep Music Alive Campaign Has Over 10,000 Signatures

In May we joined forces with the Ivors Academy to launch a campaign to Keep Music Alive, starting with a petition to #FixStreaming. And we’re overjoyed to report that it’s already reached over 10,000 signatures!

Published: 22 May 2020

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Help UK Music Speak for You by Completing This Survey

We’re calling on members to complete UK Music’s annual survey, at a time when it is more important than ever to speak to the Government about the needs of the music industry. It takes nine minutes to complete, and you can enter their prize draw.

Published: 19 May 2020

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Support Fair Play Venues Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

Many live music venues are having to fundraise to secure their futures, here is a list of crowdfunders that have been set up for venues which have signed up to our Fair Play scheme. If you are in a position to donate, or to share their crowdfunders on your social channels, please do.

Published: 15 May 2020

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The Life or Death Consequences of Prejudice and Discrimination

MU Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Official John Shortell explains why “now is exactly the time to talk about difference and about inequality,” and the disparities which the Coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp focus.

Published: 12 May 2020

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Announcing the #BrokenRecord Appeal and Festival

The Broken Record Appeal aims to support every kind of music creator in need as a result of Coronavirus. MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl discusses the Broken Record Appeal and the associated Festival planned for 24th May.

Published: 11 May 2020

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