Petition to Prime Minister Theresa May MP, David Davis MP (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), Karen Bradley MP (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport), Jeremy Corbyn MP (Leader of the Labour Party), Tom Watson MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture), Keir Stamer MP (Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union), Vince Cable MP (Leader of the Liberal Democrats), Ian Blackford MP (SNP Westminster Leader), Caroline Lucas MP (Co-leader of the Green Party), Jonathan Bartley (Co-leader of the Green Party)
Ask Government and Parliament to Support Free Movement for Musicians Post-Brexit
Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living. Being able to travel is essential to keep a music career going. Being able to travel easily is equally important as gigs are often organised at short notice. We need free movement to continue for musicians working in the EU, with minimum administrative burdens. Before the European Union, travelling in Europe was tough – it was expensive, heavy on the admin, and time-consuming. Musicians who’ve had to go through the visa process for the United States know how costly and confusing it can be. We don’t want musicians’ rights in the EU to go backwards, and we don’t want music in the EU – or the UK – to be restricted by unnecessary expense or bureaucratic burdens. “Music, and the performing arts more generally, rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities. Music flourishes in an open world with no borders — not a closed-off island that looks inward on itself” – MU General Secretary, and founder member of Darts, Horace Trubridge. Over 100 MPs and Peers have committed to protecting musicians’ right to move freely and easily in the European Union (EU) after Brexit. Let’s show the Government, MPs and Peers that they must support musicians working in the EU. The Musicians’ Union is made up of over 30,000 musicians across the UK. Our members are already writing to their MPs asking them to support our pledge, and sharing their experiences of working in the EU across social media using the hashtag #WorkingInTheEU. Please add your voice to our call. Sign and share the petition #WorkingInTheEU. Stay up to date! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook and keep an eye on theMU.org/Brexit for our latest campaign news.
Petition to Council of the European Union
Instruments on planes: Musicians call on the EU Council to follow the EU Parliament!
[Version française] [Deutsche Version] [Versión española] You thought that the EU was fair to musicians traveling on planes with their instruments? Wrong! Here’s why. Two years ago, on Feb. 5th, 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air. This revised regulation, adopted with an overwhelming majority of 580 votes in favour (41 against, 48 abstentions), includes provisions aimed to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage. The text will only become EU law once it is adopted in the exact same terms by the European Council and the European parliament. Unfortunately, the limited attention that the European Council has paid to this matter so far has only resulted in the proposal to remove article 6e, which is precisely the section that recognises the right of musicians to be treated decently by airline companies. The reasoning of the Council is that “it should be left to each air carrier to establish its own policy on the matter”. The problem is that airlines operate vastly differing policies which are generally unfriendly to musicians. On March 6, 2015, new administrative rules for musical instruments went into effect in the US, as required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. These rules establish a fair framework, along the very same lines as the article 6e that the European Council wants to delete. We believe that the European Union should be as fair to musicians as the US on this crucial issue. To this end, we call for a new and massive mobilization of the global music community, asking the European Council to ensure article 6e of revised regulation 2027/97 remains intact, in the wording adopted by the EU Parliament. Musicians, wherever they work, deserve a fair treatment when they travel by air with their instrument!
Petition to Tom Ellis, Warner Bros. Television, Vertigo , Warner Brothers, Time Warner
Lucifer actor Tom Ellis to release a soundtrack of the songs he plays
The show Lucifer is loved among many people, myself included. The actors are amazing in their roles, the themes of the episode are thought provoking and, something noteworthy, the soundtrack is INCREDIBLE! The soundtrack includes many different artists such as Cage The Elephant, David Bowie, The Black Keys and Led Zeppelin (Just to name a few). However, Tom Ellis himself, the actor who plays Lucifer Morningstar, will sometimes play and sing covers of songs on the piano within the episodes. The covers range from Bob Dylan's All Along the Watchtower (Which was famously covered by Jimi Hendrix) to Nina Simone's Sinnerman. The songs are beautifully performed yet, unfortunately, no professionally recorded version of these songs covered by Tom Ellis exist. The aim of this petition is to convince Tom Ellis and Warner Bros. to record these songs professionally for the fans of the show and also for the people who enjoy brilliant covers of amazing songs.
Petition to Karen Bradley MP, UK Parliament
Stop ticket touts from ruining live music events.
In recent years, ticket touts have become a scourge on live music events. Using bots to bulk buy tickets to popular sell-out events, and selling them on at massively increased prices, they have limited the ability of fans and music lovers to see their favourite artists without forking out hundreds of pounds. This was the case with the recent release of tickets for Liam Gallagher's tour, in which tickets sold out in seconds, and were immediately on sale on sites such as GetMeIn for as much as 5x face value. The same issue also occurred with a benefit concert for the Teenage Cancer Trust, held by Ed Sheeran. This goes to show the lack of morality of sites like GetMeIn and Viagogo. I ask the UK Parliament and Karen Bradley MP (Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) to consider legislation which would ban the reselling of tickets for prices more than 10% above face value to prevent the live music industry from being further damaged by ticket touts.
Petition to Councillor Bob Band, Sheena Devlin
Save our Music Camps and Central Groups
Perth and Kinross Council are proposing to stop paying Music Tutors to run Music Camps and Central Groups (the P&K youth bands, orchestras and choirs). If the council does this, Central Groups will stop and Music Camps will no longer take place, thus depriving children of the most fun aspects of learning a musical instrument. Music Tutors already do a lot of unpaid work. They do not have any 'extra' time in their Working Time Agreement to fit in Music Camps and Central Groups. At camps which do go ahead, Perth and Kinross Council want to cut the number of music staff and have decided to stop funding a music camp nurse. The presence of a nurse has allowed children whose lives are constrained by poor health to go to camp and the presence of extra music staff allows bands and orchestras to practice properly and children with additional support needs to be supported. We therefore call upon Perth and Kinross Council to ensure the following:1) That Music Tutors working in Central Groups and Music Camps are paid for their additional work over and above the Working Time Agreement.2) To fund a camp nurse.3) To allow Instrumental Music Services to decide the number of staff needed at music camps and not be forced to run them with the minimum staff/pupil ratio.
Petition to Triple J, Richard Kingsmill, ben harvey, liam stapleton
Liberate the triple j Hottest 100 from "Like A Version" covers
Like A Version covers are a great part of our Friday, but they have no place in our Australia Day, imho. Since 2005, Like a Version covers have been appearing in the Hottest 100, and their influence on the iconic list has increased over the years. However, every Like A Version that appears in this "National Institution" knocks out a song that is most likely original and also released in the conventional means. Is this a problem? Bloody oath! Why? Like A Version is a fantastic weekly program but at the end of the day the artists are using good material, written by someone else, and they are getting free airplay on the national broadcaster. As so I believe the artists, as great as they are, are riding on the coat-tails of a good song, and a popular program. Therefore, to reward a cover song with a precious spot in the coveted Hottest 100 is a step too far. This needs to STOP. So let's "make the Hottest 100 version free again". #MakeHottest100VersionFreeAgain
Petition to @Corey_Feldman
Angelic 2 The Tour UK
Corey Feldman's album Angelic 2 The Core has really resonated with international fans. We are fans in Britain and to make the trip to the US is almost impossible for us, however, Corey has said that if we can reach 10,000 signatures he will attempt to tour his album in the UK. Angelic To The Tour UK is a dream that we can make reality with only 10,000 signatures