There was some good news in the Budget speech, as SEISS and furlough were extended to September and more money also went into the Cultural Recovery Fund. However, the situation for musicians is still extremely difficult. The MU estimates over 70% of musicians are unsure about their future in the industry. The governments needs to do more!

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I bet that’s not a question most people ask themselves frequently. We are used to sweep that kind of topics under the rug. However, this is only a disservice to the entire community of musicians, including those that undergo menopause and those who don’t. For that reason, I wrote an article with all about it for the Musicians’ Union.

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There is an opportunity to speak up for musicians, but we must hurry: each year, the chancellor of the exchequer – the government’s chief finance minister – makes a Budget statement to MPs in the House of Commons. On 2021, the speech will be delivered by Chancellor Rishi Sunak this Wednesday 3rd March. Mr. Sunak’s choices are going to shape the finances of the country for the upcoming year, and it is essential that he knows about our struggles.

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A new year usually means new energy and ideas to achieve our goals, but the events of 2020 pose a particularly difficult challenge: the impact that COVID-19 has had on the economy, and how it has compromised the viability of a big portion of the entertainment industry events, make for a rather somber panorama for 2021. This is no reason to give up, of course, but to seek all the resources and help that could boost your work and help you navigate the upcoming months.

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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.

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“Femininity is cherished and exploited in the music industry. Producers make their fortunes by selling a version of feminine sexual perfection and we see this through comments such as ‘You sound ok but you just don’t have the right look’ which is mentioned in TV music competitions. The winner goes through a complete make-over with additional air brushing to personify ultimate beauty and achievement. But then, years later, what happens when the menopause hits?”

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