WERU research on jazz musicians on BBC Radio 4
WERU research into the labour market conditions facing freelance musicians has been featured on the most recent episode of the BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed, broadcast on the 29th October 2014. Dr Charles Umney was invited into the studio to talk about his paper entitled “Creative labour and collective interaction: the working lives of young jazz musicians in London” (written with Dr Lefteris Kretsos). The paper, which is published in the current issue of the journal Work, Employment and Society, describes and categorises the various kinds of work settings encountered by young workers seeking to establish careers as jazz musicians. It examines the precarious nature of working conditions, and the trade-offs between creatively and materially rewarding jobs.
The show can be listened to using the BBC iPlayer at the following address: