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Candidates for new Musicians’ Union boss announced

By | Published on Friday 3 February 2017

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The Musicians’ Union yesterday announced the two candidates who are standing for the role of its General Secretary. A new chief is to be elected following the decision of incumbent John Smith to stand down later this year after fifteen years in the job.

Following a nominations process, the two candidates going forward to a ballot of members are MU Executive Committee member Kathy Dyson and current MU Assistant General Secretary Horace Trubridge. The ballot of members will now be held between 6 and 27 Mar.

Commenting on his time at the top of the MU, which coincided with a dramatic period of change for the music industry, especially on the recordings side, Smith said yesterday: “As my time as General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union draws to a close, it’s gratifying to look back and see how the MU has consolidated its position within both the music industry and the trade union movement”.

He notes that the MU itself has also gone through quite a bit of change on his watch, adding that: “I took over at a time of internal political turmoil and spent my first few years stabilising the organisation. I then oversaw the Union’s restructuring and modernisation. This was achieved successfully which allowed me to concentrate on the MU’s position as an important music industry body and an independent specialist trade union”.

He concludes: “I’ve had a great group of people working with me over the last fifteen years and I’m sure that the MU will go from strength to strength after I’ve retired this coming summer”.