With a monumental change that is Brexit, a lot of questions and fears arise in regards of the possibility to keep gigging and working as a musician within the European Union. Conditions keep shifting and some bitter surprises appear on the way —such as the rejection by UK government of the EU offer to allow visa-free travel to touring musicians—, so the first step is to prepare in advance as comprehensively as you can.
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.
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!
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?
Our Creative Director, Millicent Stephenson, was featured in the Musicians Union journal this week. Here it is. Well done Millicent.
Here’s the ‘Time For Your Music’ live stream. Enjoy! 🙂
Millicent’s article ‘Where Are All the Female Musicians?’ received a double page feature in ‘Keep the Faith’ Magazine Issue 102, which went live this week. The link to the article on page 16 & 17 is below. The article explores the shortage of women in church music despite the fact that most of the congregation is predominately female. WhenContinue reading “Where Are All The Female Musicians?”