Keith Ames

Writer and lyricist

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BBC Introducing Live

It has been a busy but compelling three days at Tobacco Dock in east London representing the MU at ‘BBC Introducing Live.’  The event – now in its second year following its launch in 2017 as ‘Amplify’ – is hosted and administered by Get On Music Media, who I understand have licensed the BBC name for up to five years.  The show was a marked step-up from the inaugural show and the historic venue proved ideal for the numerous scheduled seminars, workshops and performances.

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Variety is the Spice

I began an interesting working day at the MU’s HQ in Clapham Road, alongside my colleague Maddy Radcliff, presenting to the Union’s Executive Committee video snapshots of the PR coverage we had secured in partnership with our agency Kindred in the last 24 hours.  These included excerpts from Sky News and Channel 5 featuring composer David Arnold and General Secretary Horace Trubridge.

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Music in education

In partnership with the team at PR agency Kindred, the MU launched a campaign today to bring attention to the decline in music tuition in recent years, especially for those families on lower incomes who cannot afford private tuition.

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Martyn Joseph

I drove down to St Edith’s Hall in Kemsing near Sevenoaks this evening at the invitation of the superb singer/writer/guitarist Martin Joseph as he kicked-off his 33 date tour of the UK.  I had arranged for photographer Jonathan Stewart to be on hand too, so that we could capture shots for use in future MU comms and to share with Martyn.

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Westminster photo shoot

My colleagues Maddy Radcliff and John Shortell joined me outside Parliament this morning as we met highly-respected sound engineer Olga FitzRoy and many other names from the entertainment world in supporting the second reading of the “Shared Parental Leave and Pay (Extension)” bill, also known as the #SelfieLeave Bill, which will extend the right to shared parental leave to self-employed people, who are ineligible under current rules.

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MP4 v Homelessness

I was invited by Kevin Brennan, MP for Cardiff West, to the launch this evening of MP4’s new EP at the State Rooms of the Speaker of the House in the Houses of Parliament.  (MP4 consists of Kevin on guitar, Ian Cawsey who was Labour MP for Big and Goole until 2010 on bass, Greg Knight, Conservative MP for East Yorkshire on drums, and Pete Wishart, SNP MP for Perthshire, on keyboards).

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Venues Day

Music Venue Trust held their 5th national networking event today in the Islington Assembly Hall and MU Live Performance Official Kelly Wood and I ran a stand in the Main Hall throughout the day. The event was sold out and attended by around five hundred grassroots venue owners, managers and administrators from across the UK.

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Young driver experience

Following a morning training with The Warren football club in West Wickham Common, and a fry-up at T’s Cafe in Eden Park, my son Ben was on his way with Julie, Lisa and I to Bluewater Shopping Centre near Dartford for a late birthday treat. This consisted of a 30 minutes ‘Young Driver’ lesson in a dual-controlled Vauxhall Corsa around the track laid out in the Thames Walk car park.

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UK Music Album Quiz

To mark National Album Day, UK Music held a quiz this evening in the Silver Cross pub in Whitehall and fifteen teams gathered at 7pm in the basement ready to meet the challenge of the organisation’s quiz masters. I had been invited to enter a team and, with the valuable assistance of British Underground CEO Crispin Parry, put together a line-up of five eager contestants including former MU Official Ben Jones and Tom Bridgewater of Loose Music.

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Debut with the Blues

With the completion of the Labour Conference in Liverpool, I travelled down to Birmingham by train on Thursday 27th to work, for the first time, at the Conservative Party Conference. Their event was to be centred in and around Symphony Hall and with the MU’s Executive Committee electing in 2017 that we should have a presence at the Conference, I found myself on the way to the venue to assist Robin, Neil and the MES team with setting up stand number 16.

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