6 petitions

Started 3 months ago

Petition to Josepha Madigan, Denis Naughten, Leo Varadkar, Joan Burton, Jack Chambers, Ruth Coppinger, Richard Bruton

Save our national orchestras!

RTÉ has announced a review of their orchestral provision, meaning that 31 musicians from the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra will lose their jobs from June 2018. These two orchestras, which have been an intrinsic element of Irish musical culture for almost 70 years, have long been a standard-bearer when it comes to public outreach and involvement in the Irish music scene. Should these cuts go ahead, two very valuable and necessary musical organisations will be damaged, perhaps irrevocably. The future of classical music in Ireland is in great danger. The implications of these cuts are shocking, especially given that Arts and Music Education in Ireland is already severely underfunded, and one of the worst systems in the whole of Europe. Something needs to be done to preserve and develop these orchestral institutions. Especially in light of recent and not-so-recent events in world and national politics, it's vital we fight to preserve these organisations that exist purely to bring people together, break down boundaries, and express some of the strongest and most vulnerable human emotions, through the medium of sound.  We strongly believe that this is not a matter for RTÉ alone to decide and that the responsibility is jointly held between the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Arts Council, RTÉ and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. We call on the Minister for Culture, Josepha Madigan, and Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, to immediately halt the progress of the current report and to proceed with establishing and implementing a national strategy on orchestral provision, ensuring the maintenance and development of existing orchestras. Take action to support and save our national orchestras, and ensure the continuance of a rich musical culture in Ireland. Sign and share.  #LoveYourOrchestras

Sarah Joyce
19,215 supporters
Started 5 months ago

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 for our latest campaign news.  

Musicians' Union
23,129 supporters