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Tileyard Studios

I drove Naomi Pohl and John Shortell to Tileyard Studios in London N7 this afternoon as we delivered a comprehensive supply of MU promo materials to Girls I Rate. GIR was founded to create a platform and voice for women to collaborate, celebrate and empower each other. Naomi and John were set to be involved from 3pm in the latest of their inspirational monthly Pop Pop Club events and I am delighted to report that the MU has been confirmed as both a partner and sponsor.

PPL turns 85

The top floor of the Oxo Tower on London’s southbank was the venue for PPL‘s 85th anniversary event this evening. Artists, journalists and representatives of all the trade organisations, enjoyed the summer sun burning up the outdoor walkway, which offered a superb view of the river.

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Songwriting camp

I have spent a superb few days at Tilton House, near Lewes in Sussex, in the company of eleven musicians, at a songwriting camp hosted by lyricist Chris Difford of Squeeze fame. Chris has arranged over twenty-five of such retreats and it proved a fascinating exercise in co-writing with new contacts.

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Give me London by the sea

You can honeymoon
in old Cancun,
you can walk the talk
in Frank’s New York,
you can catch a plane
to southern Spain,
and show your form
in Benidorm,
you can make your home
in sunny Rome,
but there’s one thing I’ve got to say,
on any day,
in any way,
give me London by the sea.

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MPA Summer Party

I attended the third annual MPA summer party this evening at Kings Place in Kings Cross. Also there on behalf of the MU were Jamie Pullman and Natalie Witts from our London office and we spoke to many friends from across the industry, including Peter Leathem and Andrew Ames of PPL.

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Prince’s GC

A superb day at a Joe Denly Testimonial event in the company of a number of Kent county cricket professionals at Prince’s Golf Club, Sandwich. I arrived mid-morning after driving down from Beckenham to find the course, sited directly next to the easterly facing coastline, benefiting from warm summer sunshine and a noticeably fresh breeze.

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Delegate Conference

The contents of the MU’s 2019 Conference Report have been edited and laid out in the eye-catching new format, which significantly benefits from supporting graphics, illustrations and photos. This contains reports from the senior officials on the Union’s work over the last two years, plus the proposed motions and rule changes, which conference will debate on 23rd July in Brighton. 

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Black Deer festival

Julie, Ben and I drove down to Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, yesterday afternoon for the second Black Deer Festival. The event now attracts a huge array of Americana, country and roots music artists, both homegrown and from across the Atlantic, and the rolling hills bathed in June sunshine made for a welcoming sight.

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UK Music Summer Party

Maddy Radcliff, Diane Widdison and I travelled the short distance from MU HQ to the Southbank Pavilion this evening to attend UK Music’s annual Summer Party in the Weston Pavilion. This is a very popular event that draws many movers and shakers from the music industry and now attracts a considerable number of parliamentarians.

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The Musician (summer 2019)

The summer 2019 issue of The Musician is being dispatched to members this week and in this edition we lead with a profile of vocalist/writer Zara McFarlane; interview Simon Rix and Andrew White of the Kaiser Chiefs; report on the MU Women in Music Conference; how drill music artists are being criminalised; the inequality in music education provision in England; the challenges faced by mothers in the workplace; the MU Theatre Section; while the last Regional Focus in the current series visits Coventry.

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