John F. Smith
John Smith was elected General Secretary of the Musicians' Union in December 2002, after being appointed a full-time official of the Musicians' Union in 1994 and promoted to the post of Assistant General Secretary (Media) in 1997.
John is a performer director of PPL, and a director of the British Copyright Council and also on the boards of UK Music and the Educational Recording Agency (ERA). He has served as a member of the TUC General Council for the last five years and now is also a member of the TUC Executive Committee.
In addition to his UK activities, he is President of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) undertaking duties which include representing musicians’ interests in discussions with organisations such as UNESCO, WIPO and the European Commission.