Hans Lindström, SAMI’s former Managing Director, who was dismissed in 2006, was convicted on Friday 21 February 2014 for aggravated breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to 1.5 years prison with 24.5 million SEK damages.
The Stockholm District Court communicated on Friday 21 February that SAMI’s previously dismissed MD Hans Lindström had been convicted for aggravated breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to one year and six months imprisonment as well as 24,546,842 SEK damages to SAMI.
Hans Lindström was Managing Director of SAMI, the Swedish Artists’ and Musicians’ Interest organisation from 1996 to September 2006 when he was dismissed by SAMI’s board. A police report was filed against Hans Lindström in the beginning of 2007 and he was prosecuted on 6 February 2013 for aggravated breach of trust.
“I am obviously very pleased that the District Court has reached the same conclusion as we have some time ago within SAMI, that is that Hans Lindström is guilty of aggravated breach of trust“, says Jan Granvik, chairman of SAMI’s board.
It is seven years since SAMI’s MD was dismissed and since then SAMI has worked hard to secure financial routines and recuperate. Today SAMI’s finances are stable and rest on solid ground with a focus on a continued increase of income for the affiliated artists and musicians.
“With this verdict in the criminal case we are now able to put behind us what has been a difficult time. Through hard work, SAMI’s board and management have managed to turn around what was a most serious situation. Our focus now lies on developing SAMI”, says Jan Granvik.
The fight against the Südwestrundfunk’s plans to merge the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (SO) with the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR (RSO) did not abate following the publication of the composers’ and conductors’ open letters last year – rather, the protest has intensified and spread.
The organisation “Friends and Supporters of the SWR-SO” has made an appeal to Winfried Kretschmann, the minister president of Baden-Württemberg, asking him to take active steps towards preserving the existence of the SO, and this appeal has already been signed by more than 20.000 citizens of the German ‘Bundesland’. Politicians are also starting to finally take notice of this important problem: last weekend, a non-partisan declaration against the SWR merger was made public, signed by 40 members of the federal (Bundestag) as well as the provincial parliaments (baden-württembergischer Landtag).
But the fight is not confined to Germany’s borders: there have been numerous international protests against the SWR’s merger plans. The composer Franck Bedrossian has started a petition, aimed at all culturally engaged people worldwide, demanding that the SWR take back its merger decision. Unfortunately, this petition has not yet garnered the attention it deserves. This is why I am urging you: please, if you have not yet done so, sign the international petition to save the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, and forward this email or copy the following link and send it to your colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. This is a matter of great urgency and importance. Every signature counts!
The European Parliament adopts the regulation facilitating transport of musical instruments in cabins
On the 5 February 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97, certain provisions of which aim to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage.
FIM is delighted that its long-haul work, led with the support of Pearle*, successively met with attentive attitudes on the part of the European Commission, the support of the Parliament’s Committee for Transport and Tourism and the backing of an overwhelming majority of MPs during the plenary session vote on the 5 February.
The 580 votes for the text (41 against, 48 abstentions) give it considerable legitimacy. Despite this, the work of explaining and persuading must, however, continue at Council level, where reservations have been expressed.
Organisations representing professional musicians in EU Member States are called on to mobilize as of now and contact their respective governments, for these to express firm support for the text adopted by the Parliament.
On Dec. 19, 2013, the Safe Music Havens Initiative became an independent, non-partisan and non-profit membership association with the main purpose of offering persecuted musical artists a safe place to stay and work through development of Safe Music Havens and Safe Music Residencies. The City of Harstad (Norway), the very first Safe Music Haven, is ready to receive the first guest musician as soon as all formalities are in place. The first residence musician is expected to arrive in Norway early this year.
SafeMUSE works in close cooperation with Freemuse. It is based on and supports the universal principles of human rights, as they apply to the rights of musical artists.
The SafeMUSE Board consists of
• Tine TANGESTUEN, Chair (Executive manager of NOPA, Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists)
• Anders HOVIND, Vice Chair (Vice President of the Norwegian Musicians Union | MFO)
• Erik NADHEIM, Board member (Director of the Norwegian National Crime Prevention Council | KRÅD)
• Hans Ole RIAN, Alternate member, President of the Norwegian Musicians’ Union
The Board was elected for an interim period – until the membership reaches higher variety. A broader Board will then be elected by the first ordinary General Assembly, hopefully in 2014. The association will be registered as a Norwegian Association (“forening”) and is welcoming applications for membership.
SafeMUSE’s member categories are
• Hosting members Cities, municipalities, counties, organizations and other legal bodies/entities responsible for offering persecuted musical artists a safe place to stay and work for an agreed period of time through an agreement with SafeMUSE
• Guest artist members Musical artists taking part as guest artists in Hosting Members’ programs. After the termination of the hosting period the Guest Artist Members are offered an Honorary Artist Membership
• Professional members Organizations and other legal bodies/entities cooperating directly, assisting or indirectly supporting Hosting Members and Guest Musical Artists.
See SafeMUSE Charter and Statutes for more detailed information.
FIM is proud to have been a SafeMUSE partner since October 2012.
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“The Symphony Project”: a documentary on the profession of orchestra musicians produced by means of crowd-funding
Zerosun Pictures productions intend to raise $150,000 US via crowd-funding before the 11 January 2014 on the Kickstarter website to produce their project of a documentary on the profession of orchestra musicians ($17,000 US in commitments have already been raised to date).
The aim of this film is, for the first time and basing itself on the testimonies of American and European musicians, to describe and help understand the personal commitment, work and sacrifices that make up musicians’ everyday life up to and throughout their professional life.
The documentary will also try to highlight the pressure to which musicians are subjected when they enter into competition with each other to access the phalanxes of international fame.
There are just 3 weeks left to give your support to the project. In line with the “all-or-nothing” principle, which is the basis of Kickstarter, no commitment is transformed into cash before all commitments reach the total amount of funds requested.