Millicent was part of the process to sign a memorandum of understanding between Coventry City of Culture Trust, Midlands TUC Cultural & Leisure Committee and the trade unions Equity, BECTU and the MU. This memorandum contains the agreements reached on the terms of engaging professionalactors, performers, musicians, creatives, and technicians, looking forward to the fact that Coventry is the UK City of Culture 2021. Among other things, it ensures professional musicians engaged for the celebrations will be paid at better than MU rates.
Next Wednesday 11th November, the community group Time For My Music will have the monthly topic discussion via Zoom, and this time we are going to talk about copyright. Interested? Join the community and find out more!
October 18th was established as World Menopause Day to raise awareness about the issues, experiences and challenges that this natural stage of life brings to a bit more than half the population of the world, yet is hardly spoken about and even considered a bit “taboo”. To contribute to this campaign, Millicent wrote an article for the Musician’s Union to shed some light over life as a menopausal musician. We invite you to read the full article on the MU website and share it with fellow musicians, no matter their gender: even if you don’t experience something yourself, it is always positive to be informed about it to know how to better support your peers and create good working environments!
Our next Drink, Chill and Chat event on the community group Time for My Music will take place on Saturday 31st October, from 10:00am to 11:30am. It is a Zoom meeting in which the members have the opportunity to catch up, share experiences and comments, and overall have a friendly conversation about music and the music industry while enjoying a hot beverage.
Femininity is cherished and exploited in the music industry. Producers make their fortunes by selling a version of feminine sexual perfection and we see this through comments such as ‘You sound ok but you just don’t have the right look’ which is mentioned in TV music competitions. The winner goes through a complete make-over with additional air brushing to personify ultimate beauty and achievement. But then, years later, what happens when the menopause hits?
There’s a new website that puts together all the resources made by our director Millicent Stephenson to help you out in your music career.
One of the perks of being a member of ‘Time For My Music” is that you can vote every month for a topic of your interest to be discussed in the Zoom forum with experts. September’s chosen theme was ‘how to improve your stage presence’ and we are going to talk about it on Wednesday 7th October from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
Help Musicians is an independent UK charity created with the aim of providing support in times of need but also in times of opportunity, so every musician has what they need to reach their goals. We advise you take a look at their website to see what they are currently offering due to the pandemic and in general, as we believe some of you could find very beneficial programmes to get back on your feet now that the restrictions have been softened.
Millicent has gone above and beyond to provide this community and the general public with the best insights and resources to achieve success in the music industry. One of her efforts is the free booklet “Revealed: 25 Secrets Of The Successful Gigging Musician, Singer, Rapper & Spoken Word Artiste”, a concise guide full of valuable advise and key points that every aspiring artist in the world of music should know.
The day has arrived! ‘Time For My Music’ has just opened for membership applications, now you too can join our community of supportive women in music to advance in your career with all the resources, guidance and energy you could wish for.