Streaming: help us change the game!

Whilst music streaming businesses develop at a quick pace, performers are still not rewarded fairly – if at all – when their performances are exploited online.

Together with 3 other international organisations (AEPO-ARTIS, FIA and IAO), FIM is involved in the Fair Internet campaign, which is asking for the introduction in EU law of a fair and equitable remuneration to be paid to performers every time their performances are used online.

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Uruguay | International support for the SODRE Symphony Orchestra


The SODRE Symphony Orchestra is Uruguay’s national orchestra. Founded in 1931, it is Latin America’s oldest orchestra. A bastion of national culture, it has also become an essential benchmark for the whole of the Latin American region. It has been directed by celebrities such as Erich Kleiber, Ottorino Respighi or Igor Stravinsky, to mention just the most iconic.

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France | MOU for online music

Assemblée Nationale

After bitter negotiations, a memorandum of understanding for online music was signed in France on 2 October 2015, between representatives of the music industry and a certain number of professional organisations including French members of FIM, FIA and IAO, under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture.

This memorandum came about within the scope of the “Creation Act” currently being discussed by the French Parliament.

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Financial crisis at the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

The IMU (Israeli Musicians’ Union) is deeply involved in the ongoing negotiations between the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra’s management and the 80 musicians who are employed under a collective agreement and represented by the Union. The orchestra carries a heavy deficit and as government and city support, though not curtailed, are not going to grow, the management has put on the table a drastic cut in the planned 2016 budget.

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Petition to support the National Orchestra of Belgium

Orchestre National de Belgique

“As the result of politics, our National Orchestra is threatened with extinction in the near future. In fact, a scheme from Minister Reynders cabinet aims at the absorption of the National Orchestra of Belgium by the Royal Opera Theatre “La Monnaie” to strengthen its programming.

We feel however, that backed by a long tradition of nearly eighty years, the NOB fulfils its cultural mission very well, both by the seventy-some concerts it performs each year and by its cultural radiance abroad as a much appreciated guest orchestra on the international scene.

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India | Working conditions, health and safety for Bollywood workers

Mumbai workshop | October 2015

On 7 to 9 October 2015, the international federations FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI organised a new workshop focusing on issues of health and safety in the Bollywood industry within the scope of the triennial project backed by Union to Union.

Forty participants (technicians, actors, musicians) from the Federation of West India Cine Employees (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI) took part in the workshop, in the presence of representatives from FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and Union to Union.

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Online interactive Risk Assessment tools in the performing arts sector


In Brussels, on 17 September 2015, European social partners in the performing arts sector and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) officially presented two new interactive risk assessment tools aimed respectively at places and productions of shows.

These tools take into account the diversity of elements to be considered when analysing risks.

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Malaysia | Unfairly dismissed MPO musicians set up a legal fund and call for solidarity


On 24 August 2015, the judge returned her verdict: despite many years of dedicated work with the orchestra and despite their unblemished employment records, the seven musicians fired from the MPO in 2012 were all in fact fixed-term, temporary employees, and had no right to expect continued employment.

Based on legal advice and multiple case readings, this decision seems to go completely against the Malaysian Industrial Relations Act, and against just about every precedent that has been set by previous cases.

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A European campaign for the fair treatment of performers in the digital environment

Whilst the online music market keeps growing, musicians stil do not get a fair share of the revenues that their performances generate on the Internet.

This is unfair. Support the Fair Internet campaign: