#InstrumentsOnPlanes | New petition online!

Janne Schaffer (Sweden)

On 5 Feb. 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing Community Regulation 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air. This revised regulation, adopted with an overwhelming majority of 580 votes in favour (41 against, 48 abstentions), includes provisions aimed to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage.
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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 three 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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United Kingdom | MU position on Europe

BMU logoThe British Musicians’ Union (MU) has reaffirmed its support for Britain remaining part of the European Union (EU)

For musicians, the benefits of Britain staying in the EU are numerous.

Open borders make touring both easier and less expensive, EU health and safety legislation has meant that the job of being a musician has become safer and workers’ rights legislation in general has improved the working life of musicians in the UK.
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France | The employer of Belarusian musicians sentenced for not respecting the applicable collective agreement

Lac des cygnes | Minsk Bolchoi

In the spring of 2014, the FranceConcert company organised a six-week tour in France for a production of Swan Lake by the Orchestra and Bolshoi Opera Ballet of Minsk.

During the tour, musicians received their usual wages (€350 a month on average) as well as a cash allowance of €40 a day.
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Extended collective management in Hungary | EJI forces Deezer to comply with the law

Dr Pál Tomori | EJI Director

When the WPPT was transposed in 1999, Hungarian legislation subjected online rights for authors and performers to extended collective management. This choice was in response to the massive character of online uses and significant imbalance in negotiations between artists and producers.

Since collective management is not, however, mandatory, performers and authors are free to opt individually for other forms of managing their rights.
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Europe | Unionizing atypical workers in the entertainment and media sectors

Atypical workers WS | Rome

The fourth and last workshop of the project on atypical workers on which FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ have worked together was held in Rome, on 7 and 8 April 2016, with the participation of ILO and ETUC representatives. It focused on means implemented by unions to organise representation of “atypical” workers who are on the increase in the entertainment and media sectors.
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ALERT! Help saving the orchestra of the Flemish Opera!

Flemish Opera Orchestra

The highly esteemed and much appreciated Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Flanders is being threatened to shutdown soon. Such closure would result in a major part of Flemish culture being seriously eroded if not completely eradicated.

How is this possible? It is a direct consequence of political machinations. An external report was ordered by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz.
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France | The profession of performer undermined by the government

Assemblée Nationale

Indignation among professional performing artists after the adoption at second reading of the “Creation” bill presented by the French government which makes provision for all companies in the entertainment business, whether subsidised or not, to be able to resort to using unpaid artists.

Under the guise of fostering amateur practices, the French government is organising the legalisation of negating the trade of performer, by suggesting that the work of a musician or actor does not need to be remunerated.
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Cameroon | The complaint lodged by FIM and SYCAMU at ILO has made the government give way


Via order of 12 February 2016, the Cameroon government raised the suspension order on SYCAMU. This order was the subject of the complaint lodged jointly by SYCAMU and FIM to the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association.

The decision intervened very quickly after the government received notification from ILO of the complaint against it, a complaint it judged sufficiently relevant and serious not to go any further down the road.
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