The Musicians’ Union’s Executive Committee elected a new Chair last week in the form of jazz guitarist Kathy Dyson, who has the somewhat-late-in-history honour of being the first woman to ever fulfil that role. Dyson has already been on the MU’s Exec Committee for ten years. The group, elected by the Union’s membership, oversees and scrutinises the organisation’s activities and decisions.
Confirming her new appointment, Dyson told CMU: “It is a great honour to have been elected as Chair of the Executive Committee at such an important time for musicians and the wider music industry. It is also a historic moment for the MU, which has its first female Executive Committee Chair, and I would like to take the opportunity to urge other female MU members to become active in the running of their union”.
Meanwhile MU General Secretary John Smith added: “I am delighted to welcome Kathy Dyson as our new Executive Committee Chair. In this historic year where the union is celebrating its 120th anniversary, it is fitting that we should have appointed our first female EC Chair”.