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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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Worlds of possibilities: 1946–1955

Worlds of possibilities: 1946–1955

(p.112) 5 Worlds of possibilities: 1946–1955
Players' work time

John Williamson

Martin Cloonan

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the development of the music industries (including broadcasting) and the MU in the ten years post 1945. A 1946 survey of musicians is reported. The working practices of bandleaders, composers and semi-professional musicians is examined. The 1948 election of Hardie Ratcliffe as General Secretary of the MU is reported and the role of the Communist Part of Great Britain within the Union discussed. A 1946 agreement between PPL and the MU is shown to be of particular importance. The end of the “ban” on alien musicians entering the UK to work is reported.

Keywords:   Bandleaders, Composers, semi-professional musicians, Chris Barber, Ministry of Labour “ban” on “alien” musicians (end), Arts Council of Great Britain, Hardie Ratcliffe, Communist Party of Great Britain, BBC, Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL), Danceland Records, Visiting Orchestras Consultative Association

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