Manchester blues

Manchester blues

The Union, in partnership with Lodestone PR, hosted a fringe event at the Conservative Conference this evening, titled ‘Fair pay for streaming – the future of music’ in The Exchange Rooms 2 & 3 at the Manchester Central venue.

The Musicians’ Union had invited MPs, delegates and staff to the drinks reception, which  featured live music by the excellent John Ellis Trio, consisting of John Ellis on keyboards, the percussion of Eryl Roberts and Matthew Owens on double bass.

The presentation part of the evening involved speeches by MU Deputy General Secretary Naomi Pohl and the Chair of The Ivors Academy, Crispin Hunt, plus a video message from Roger Daltrey of The Who.

Our focus was to celebrate UK musicians and for the invited VIPs to learn more about issues facing today’s working musicians, streaming and the future of music. My particular thanks to Emma Harriet Nicholson, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, and Ashley Goodall for their valuable time and interest in the Union’s campaign.


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