I joined MU colleagues, staff from the Ivors Academy and supporters of the Broken Record campaign in the Members’ Dining Room at the House of Commons this evening.
Kevin Brennan MP was hosting a reception to mark the reading in the Commons tomorrow of his Private Member’s Bill: Copyright (Rights and Remuneration of Musicians), which aims ‘to make provision about the rights and remuneration of musicians and other rights holders.’
An enthused and engaged throng was on hand to hear a memorable performance by rising star vocalist Sarah Angel, accompanied by acoustic guitarist Aidan Smith, and inspirational speeches by MU General Secretary Horace Trubridge and the legendary Joan Armatrading.
My guests included musicians and artists from across the UK and proved superb company throughout the evening:
- Lady Nade, songwriter
- Tom Besford of English Expo
- Producer Greg Fitzgerald
- Percussionists Sian Monaghan and Hayley Cramer
- Liverpool’s Robert Vincent
- Staunch campaign supporter, Eliza Shaddad
- Drummer Neil Cooper of Therapy
- Rapper Shao Dow and travel and business affairs writer, Mary Ann Haslam
- Journalist Mark Sutherland
- Photographer Jonathan Stewart
My thanks to the team from Lodestone for their help in organising the event and all the parliamentarians who attended.