The first Working in Music conference was held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2016 (14-15 January), organized by Martin Cloonan and John Williamson from the University of Glasgow.
The conference marked the end of a four year research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), on the history of the UK’s Musicians’ Union. The topics discussed during the conference went beyond the Musicians’ Union and included studies on musical labour and the conditions under which musicians work and produce music.
More details about the initial research project, its proceedings and the 2016 conference can be found here: http://www.muhistory.com
You can also download the full programme of the Glasgow conference.