About Phil Kear
Phil Kear is the Musicians’ Union’s Recording and
Broadcasting National Organiser. He has 25 years’ experience in the music
industry, with specific expertise in royalties and copyright. Prior to the MU,
Phil managed the Performer Services team at PPL, and also had several years’
experience working in artist and mechanical royalties for Universal Music.
Established in 1893, the MU represents over 30,000
musicians involved in all sectors and genres of music. Phil’s current role at
the MU involves negotiating Collective Bargaining Agreements covering the
engagement of session musicians for recording, directly with large media
organisations such as the BBC and ITV or representative bodies such as PACT and
BPI, acting on behalf of their members.
His team are also responsible for the collection
and distribution of approximately £1.8M of income per year to MU members and
other musicians for the secondary use of recordings, for example in film
soundtracks or commercials.
The team also service the MU’s recording and broadcasting members with a wide spectrum of advice on contracts and minimum rates and terms of employment.