9 petitions

Started 5 months ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Dominic Raab MP, Jeremy Wright MP, Margot James MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Tom Watson MP, Keir Stamer MP, Vince Cable MP, Ian Blackford MP

Let Touring Musicians Travel: Support Musicians Working in the EU Post-Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) is calling on Government and Parliament to introduce a European Union (EU) touring visa for musicians working in the EU post-Brexit. Please sign the petition to show your support!  Most musicians and performers rely on touring and performing in the European Union to make a living.   Musicians, and other creative and cultural workers, are a distinct workforce with specific needs. Visa and customs rules post-Brexit need to account for that.  Any EU touring visa must be affordable, multi-entry and admin-light.    Placing costly and resource heavy barriers to that could have a severe impact on working and aspiring musicians – as well as the broader UK music industry. Musicians already have experience with difficult visa systems. It can cost thousands to take a band to the United States, and the cost of fast-track visa processing fees have just gone up 15%. Musicians have voiced their fears that something similar might happen with the European Union, to devastating effect. The visa should cover all EU member states.    Musicians visit multiple countries on tour, often jumping across borders on a daily basis, often with very little notice.   If every musician has to get a visa and carnet for every country they visit, it will make any work in Europe impossible to schedule regardless of whether they are an emerging band or a world-renowned orchestra.  The lack of clarity on the future of musicians working in the EU is already having an impact.   MU members are already moving to Europe because they are worried about their future work; to get jobs, to make sure they can get work later, to travel, and to collaborate.  It’s also about who we are    “Music and the performing arts rely on exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities. We love working in the EU and we love artists coming over here. If musicians can't travel easily both ways, our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged. Our members' ability to earn a living will also be severely affected” – Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary and founder member of Darts Let touring musicians travel Please support an affordable, multi-entry, admin-light touring visa that covers all European Union member states for musicians working in the EU.   

Musicians' Union
17,052 supporters
Update posted 8 months ago

Petition to Apple, The Music Association, University of Leicester Music Association, BBC, Tim D. Cook

Bhangra as a Official Music Genre

  This Petition is addressed to Tim D. Cook (Chief Executive Officer of Apple Inc) Dear Mr. Cook,We, the people of the Panjab, the Panjabi diaspora around the world (approx. 10 million) and many more music enthusiasts of every background, colour and ethnicity, greatly value the availability to listen to and buy the music ‘Bhangra’, via your services (iTunes), however, we would like in return for it to be respected as an individual "Genre" of music. Similar to ‘Sufi’ music and ‘Ghazals’, Bhangra is an art form and an original style of music that transcends hundreds of years of culture and history from the Panjab. We strongly believe that it should be rightly classed as its own distinct genre and not be grouped into the class "World Music" as our Indian counter parts ‘Sufi’ and ‘Ghazals’ are not. Furthermore, ‘Bhangra’ is sometimes wrongfully compartmentalised under the degrading label of ‘Punjabi Pop’, which is a western, imperialistic invention to classify and demean the music of the Panjab. We kindly request, that this change be made as soon as possible, so that the Genre of Music is accurately represented as ‘Bhangra’; and readily searchable and available to iTunes users around the world. It is a universal belief of academics that Bhangra has been around for a millennia, and more recent research has evidenced Bhangra being celebrated in pictures as far back as 1838! From its earliest sound recordings in 1935, and throughout the last few decades, Bhangra has grown globally from strength to strength, and now Bhangra is now a thriving industry. If one, was to search the word ‘Bhangra’ on Google, you will receive an amazing 14,000,000 results! Bhangra music is being produced on a daily basis, which has diversified into other artistic industries, including dance videos and bhangra performances. Bhangra is enjoyed by millions of people around the world and has been a focus for communities in the diaspora, music artists and academics who aim to continue to research Bhangra’s rich cultural history. We would urge all those that have an affinity for Bhangra, to take time out and stand up for this art form, that richly deserves to be classed as a specific genre of music by kindly signing this petition. Kindest regards, Punjab2000 Further reading: Sue Steward in the Music Observer article Hardeep Sahota: Mystics, Music & MigrationRajinder Dudrah: Bhangra: Birmingham and Beyond Anjali Gera Roy: Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond

341 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Access Creative

Access Creative to cut ties with and stop encouraging students to audition for X Factor

In the wake of allegations of exploitative contracts, gag orders and fame without fortune, the college Access Creative (which has students as young as 16) thinks it is appropriate to host X Factor auditions on site. X Factor was created by Simon Cowell and is also produced by Syco entertainment (which was established by Simon Cowell). Syco also produce Britains Got Talent and America's Got Talent. There have been allegations of very unfair contracts from BGT and AGT, as well as X Factor.   Why is there not a lot of media on this topic? One whistleblower sums it up perfectly:"Compared to other TV show contracts, the scale and sheer number of the confidentiality clauses is highly unusual." - The Mirror Simply put, it is alleged that it is impossible for contestants who have signed the contract to publicly speak about their experiences with Syco, unless they want to be sued.   What's so bad about the alleged X Factor contract? contestants recieve only 15 per cent of the money from their own single and album sales. Headlining a tour gives only 7.5 per cent of show profits A feeble 15 per cent cut of your own merchandise sales. No freedom to speak out about your experience No freedom to even update your own facebook without Simon Cowell's approval   What action do we want Access Creative to take? Stop hosting X Factor auditions onsite, or auditions for any entertainment show (that exists presently or in the future) affiliated with or produced by the entertainment company Syco Entertainment. Make more effort to educate Music Performance and Vocal Artist students on the danger of exploitative contracts in the music industry Support students to find work opportunities that offer fair and reasonable rates of pay     Sources and further reading

Eva Rose
72 supporters