Keith Ames

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Parliamentary Jazz

I caught the tube from the MU offices in the Oval and travelled on the Northern Line into the West End at lunchtime today to attend the voting panel for this year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards at Pizza Express in Dean Street, Soho.  I have been a member of this panel for a considerable number of years and the event is smoothly co-ordinated by trumpeter and ex-Jazz Services supremo , Chris Hodgkins.

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In Ziggy’s footsteps

At lunchtime today, Julie, Lisa, Ben and I could be found at Beckenham Junction Station making up a group of 12 led by Kat Webb on her regular walk around the town, ‘In Ziggy’s footsteps.’  Kat has been taking groups around his old haunts for over two years and she proved an entertaining host with her combination of photos and stories.

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The Journalist

Following a feature entitled ‘Get even and get paid’ by Mick Sinclair in the July/August issue of The Journalist, the NUJ members’ magazine, on the subject of copyright protection, it was heartening to see an edited version of my letter published in the latest issue: “Joseph Williams was the founder of the Musicians’ Union and its General Secretary from its inception in 1893 until he retired in 1924.

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Julie, Ben and I have just returned from a welcome trip to Marrakesh, Morocco, where we stayed for ten days at the all-inclusive Iberostar Hotel in Palmeraie. We flew out on BA from Gatwick on 24 July to be met by taxi arranged by the hotel, the driver of which had kindly waited for the delayed plane. In fact all the staff at or connected with the hotel proved to be superb throughout our stay.

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BBC and Sky News

A busy media-related day in the company of Naomi Pohl, MU Assistant General Secretary, as we visited both the BBC and the Sky News offices in central London.  First up this morning was an invitation to speak on BBC TV News at New Broadcasting House, in London’s Portland St.  The MU had been asked to comment on the decision being taken by MEPs as they considered the proposal that aimed to ensure artists receive fair compensation for the use of their work online.

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The Musician (summer 2018)

The latest issue of The Musician magazine is being distributed in hard copy format this week, solely to MU members, and this 52 page edition leads with details of the Union’s orchestral campaign, the TUC’s 150th anniversary, an interview with a leading light in Manchester jazz, Matthew Halsall, plus a report on the music scene in Leicester. An edited online version will be available via the MU website in due course.

Whitehall comms

Following a productive morning in the MU offices, with the Union’s Executive Committee in our main conference room for its monthly meeting, I drove into town for UK Music’s latest gathering of communications representatives of its member bodies. These included PPL, PRS for Music, BASCA and AIM amongst others of note.

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Day in Dulwich

The MU Communications and Government Relations team had an ‘away day’ event this morning, courtesy of Department Head Isabelle Gutierrez, at her riding school in Dulwich.  Maddy Radcliff, Autumn Sharkey and myself enjoyed a walk and trot on our chosen horses, with a gentle pony called Tomas being my ride for an hour.

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Americana at Waterloo

An unexpected pleasure this afternoon as I travelled through Waterloo main line station to find a stage set up on the main concourse and Robert Vincent and his trio performing a set of prime country and rock’n’roll.  This was courtesy of the UK Americana Music Association who, in partnership with ‘TN Vacation – Made in Tennessee’, are promoting the State as a holiday destination.

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Quiz victory

The MU entered two teams in the 12th annual Hencilla Canworth Quiz this evening at its well-established venue, Dickens Inn in St Katherine’s Dock.  Once again we were up against Equity, BECTU, Abbey Tax and a number of other business partners of Hencilla, the Croydon based company who act as brokers for the MU’s successful insurance schemes.

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