The Musicians' Union (MU) has unveiled two new appointments.
Phil Kear has been promoted to the role of assistant general secretary, music industry, based at the MU’s HQ in South London. Kear has served as the organisation's national organiser for recording & broadcasting in recent years.
“I’m very much looking forward to taking on the challenge presented by this fantastic new opportunity," he said. "There is an amazing team of dedicated professionals here at the MU, working incredibly hard for our members. I hope to draw on the experience and knowledge I have gained over twenty-four years in the industry to help drive the MU forward, providing the unparalleled support and service that our members need and deserve.”
Meanwhile, Geoff Ellerby, currently MU sessions official, will succeed Kear as national organiser.
“Leading the MU’s recording & broadcasting team at a time of great change in the industry is a challenge I am greatly looking forward to," he said. "It’s certainly time to shout about the fantastic session musicians we have in the UK, whose skills continue to attract the major Hollywood studios to record here. I am looking forward to working with a fantastic team to deliver first rate advice and resource for musicians.”
With Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s October 31 Brexit date fast approaching, the MU is also encouraging members to join the Together For The Final Say march, organised by the People’s Vote campaign, from Park Lane at noon this Saturday (October 19), ending with a rally at Parliament Square.