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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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Boom and bust: 1919–1933

Boom and bust: 1919–1933

(p.60) 3 Boom and bust: 1919–1933
Players' work time

John Williamson

Martin Cloonan

Manchester University Press

This chapter outlines the AMU’s history immediately post 1918 and its moves towards merger with the National Orchestral Union of Professional Musicians (NOUPM) to form the Musician’s Union (MU) in 1921. It examines the resignation of Joe Williams and the problems faced by his successor as General Secretary, E.S.Teale and his successor, Fred Dambman. Changes within the music profession as musical tastes change are outlined. The advent of broadcasting is discussed and the BBC’s developing role as a key employer of musicians is highlighted. The development of the recording industry is discussed and the crisis in musical employment caused by the advent of the “talkies” in the cinema outlined. Problems caused for the Union by “alien” musicians working in the UK are noted.

Keywords:   Amalgamated Musicians’ Union (AMU), Joseph Bevir (“Joe”) Williams, National Orchestral Association, National Orchestral Union of Professional Musicians (NOUPM), E.S.Teale, Fred Dambman, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Recording Industry, Talkies, “Alien” musicians, Musical Performers’ Protection Association (MPPA)

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