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Players' work timeA history of the British Musicians' Union, 1893â2013$
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Martin Cloonan and John Williamson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991326

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991326.001.0001

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Musicians’ organisations before 1893

Musicians’ organisations before 1893

(p.18) 1 Musicians’ organisations before 1893
Players' work time

John Williamson

Martin Cloonan

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the history of musicians’ representative organisations before the formation of the Amalgamated Musicians’ Union in 1893. It traces developments from the fourteenth century to the late nineteenth, examining the various fraternities, brotherhood guilds and societies which were formed. Issues of protectionism, benevolence and organisation are raised. The moves towards a re trade unionism are outlined in the context of the growth of new unionism. The formation of the Amalgamated Musicians’ Union (AMU) and thee rival London Orchestral Association (LOA) are outlined.

Keywords:   Music Guilds, Fraternities, Brotherhoods, Manchester Musical Artistes’ Protection Association (MMAPA), Trade Unionism, New Unionism, Amalgamated Musicians’ Union (AMU), London Orchestral Association (LOA)

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