John Smith has been re-elected as general secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU).
Smith, who first became general secretary of the MU in 2002, will serve a further five-year term. He has also been re-elected as president of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM).
Smith is a performer director of PPL, a director of the British Copyright Council and also on the boards of UK Music and the Educational Recording Agency (ERA). He is also a member of the TUC General Council and the TUC Executive Committee.
“I am delighted to have been re-elected as MU General Secretary and I look forward to continuing my work over the next five years," said Smith. "In the current difficult economic climate, the MU is more important than ever and I am committed to ensuring that we continue to give the best possible service to our 30,000 members.
"Musicians are currently facing some very difficult issues – such as increasingly being expected to work for free, dealing with devastating cuts to arts funding and facing the damaging effects of illegal downloading. 76% of musicians earn less than £30,000 a year, and my priority over my next five year term is to improve pay for musicians across the board.”