As member of the Musician’s Union, I was part of the process to sign a memorandum of understanding between Coventry City of Culture Trust, Midlands TUC Cultural & Leisure Committee and the trade unions Equity, BECTU and the MU. This memorandum contains the agreements we reached on the terms of engaging professional actors, performers, musicians, creatives, and technicians, looking forward to the fact that Coventry is the UK City of Culture 2021.
After months of sanitary emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK has gotten to a point where certain restrictions can be removed without supposing a great risk for public health. Among those, we got the return of indoor performances starting August 15th, and on the same day, the government updated the guidance for the performing arts in England to reflect new Public Health England research into transmission risks from singing, wind and brass performance.
So glad to know that black lives matter in the music industry and that the show must be paused to take stock of the murder of Mr George Floyd by a police officer during arrest. I’m joining the protest.
Since 2018, the UK committed to celebrate Windrush Day every year on June 22, to honor the British Caribbean community. For the ocassion, the Musicians Union invited Millicent to write for the guest blog, exploring the impact that the Windrush Generation has had on her and the British music scene as a whole.
May is almost over, and soon a new musician will be featured in A-Spire magazine. This does not mean that the interview that I had with them after winning the April contest will be taken off the site, but hey, while it is still fresh and in the front page, better to give it a listen, right? 😉
Why Millicent Stephenson joined the Musicians Union
Silvano Griffith-Francis has been a friend of mine for some time now. She is an actress and writer who has brought her craft to churches and theaters across the country with her company, SVG Productions. Last year, she and her team were able to make their first movie, called Family Secrets.
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