The TUC has agreed to lobby the Government for terms and conditions to be standardised across newly launched Music Education Hubs.
The Music Hubs are tasked with ensuring that 5-18 year olds across the country get the opportunity to learn to sing and play musical instruments, bringing together existing music services and local organisations.
The Musicians’ Union asked the TUC’s General Council to lobby the Government for standardised terms and conditions across the Hubs at the TUC Congress currently being held in Brighton.
“The MU is working closely with the Hubs to ensure that music instrumental teachers and music education in general does not suffer during this transition period,” said MU secretary John Smith.
“We have produced a Hub Resource pack and we are also calling for every Hub Advisory Board to include an instrumental teacher so the workforce has representation.
“It is of great concern that many music services are now revising terms and conditions which will mean that, in many cases, instrumental teachers who were previously employed will be forced to become self-employed and will consequently suffer a reduced income as well as a total lack of employment protection.”
Yesterday the TUC accepted the MU’s motion saying that professional musicians should not be expected to work for free.