FIM salutes the memory of Danny Longstaff

It is with great emotion and deep sadness that we have learned of the sudden demise of our colleague and friend Danny Longstaff, in the night of the 1 to 2 April 2015.

Danny worked for the British Musicians’ Union (BMU) as Orchestras Official. He had been second trombone to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2000.

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Muscat | WIPO regional meeting on the Beijing and Marrakesh Treaties

A WIPO regional meeting was organised in Oman on April 1st, 2015 for the following countries: Algeria, Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tunisia and United Arab Emirates, to encourage these states to ratify the Beijing and Marrakesh treaties.

The Marrakesh Treaty (2013) aims to facilitate access to published works for the visually impaired.

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France | The report of the Court of Auditors on the orchestras of Radio-France or the Unfinished Symphony

A section president of the Court of Auditors received an admission ticket as a present for a performance of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at the Maison de Radio-France. As he was unable to go, he gave the invitation to his rapporteur. The sole condition was that he prepare a memo on the quality of the concert.

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ILO | Meeting of Experts makes progress on precarious work

IAEA was represented by its President, John Smith, at an ILO tripartite Meeting of Experts on non-standard forms of employment. Conclusions agree to strengthen the ILO’s responses to precarious work.

After the Global Dialogue Forum on the working relationship in the Media and Culture sector held at the ILO headquarters in May 2014, a Committee of Experts representing employers, governments and workers met in Geneva on 16-19 February 2015 to debate how the ILO should respond to the threats to workers’ rights brought about by the expansion of precarious work.

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Finland | Universal loses Market Court case over Internet Music rights

18 March 2015

Two sons of late Albert Järvinen, best known as guitarist for the Finnish rock’n roll band Hurriganes, took a clear victory over Universal Music Finland in Helsinki Market Court over internet rights of two albums originally released in the early 1970’s. The case was processed on behalf of the artist rightholders with legal aid provided by the Finnish Musicians’ Union.

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Malaysia | MPO in Kuala Lumpur recruits on precarious contracts

The Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra continues to offer precarious contracts, whilst a verdict is still awaited from the Industrial Relations Court about the wrong dismissal of 9 musicians in 2012 (including the chair, the co-chair and the previous chair of the Musicians’ Orchestra Committee, the concertmaster and a few other key leadership musicians).

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EU | Report published on the culture and creative sectors in the crisis

A new report, commissioned by the European Commission, looks at the resilience of employment in the culture and creative sectors during the crisis.

The short analytical report on “The resilience of employment in the Culture and Creative Sectors (CCSs) during the crisis” was prepared by the European Expert Network on Culture (EENC).

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