#InstrumentsOnPlanes: sign the petition!

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.

However, the text will only become EU law once it is adopted in the exact same terms by the European Parliament AND the European Council.
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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.

This campaign needs your support. Here is what you are requested to do
Sign the campaign petition and share it on social networks
– Follow the campaign Twitter timeline: @FairInternet4P, retweet its tweets and use hashtag #FairInternet4Performers in your own tweets
– Retrieve information and documents from the Fair Internet website and publish them on your website
Ask all your members to do the same + publish video messages along the following lines

Send your video message in 3 steps
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CITES | CoP17 hears the requests of the music community

Alfonso Pollard & Thomas Dayan attending CITES CoP17

Known by its acronym CITES, the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of animals and wild plants does not jeopardise the survival of the species in question.

The 17th conference of parties to CITES (CoP17) was held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, to adopt the orientations seen as necessary to ensure efficient implementation of the convention’s aims. Over 2,500 people representing party states and NGOs in the private sector and associations met for the occasion in South Africa’s economic capital.
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Africa | Union reshaping underway in Zimbabwe?

FIM workshop Zimbabwe

With the TUMAI union, FIM organised a union training workshop in Harare (Zimbabwe) from 21 to 24 September 2016, with the support of Union To Union. Two local musicians’ unions took part: TUMAI (recently a FIM member once more) and ZIMU (created in 2014).

Unfortunately, TUMAI has had to come to terms with the sudden demise of its General Secretary, George Emmanuel, who was actively engaged in preparing this meeting.

The workshop focused on union organisation and action. The current backdrop is particularly difficult:
• artists are not backed by public authorities
• related rights in copyright are not enshrined in law
• levies due by broadcasters are not paid or are paid at a ridiculously low rate
• the level of piracy is such that the country’s largest record company, Gramma, cannot sell off its CDs even at the price of $1, since pirates are flooding the market with compilations at 50 cents!
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Copyright | Disappointment for performers after the European Commission’s proposal

Commissioner Oettinger

On Thursday 14 September 2016, the European Commission issued its proposed directive on copyright in the Single Digital Market. This communication was on the same day that President Juncker was making his 2016 State of the Union Address.

Declarations made on this occasion by Commission representatives are not lacking in ambition, or even emphasis. Thus, we like to hear Jean-Claude Juncker when he states: “Artists and creators are own crown jewels. The creation of content is not a hobby. It is a profession.
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Instruments on planes | Rating of airlines


Air company policies where transporting musical instruments is concerned are often unfavourable to musicians. Certain companies, however, welcome musical instruments on board in good conditions. This is particularly the case where US-based companies are concerned which, since 2015, have to respect the new FAA regulation stipulating that any instrument that can be placed in a luggage compartment or under the seat in front of the passenger must be accepted on board.

These criteria are also those selected in the proposed modified European regulation 2027/97, at the request of FIM (unfortunately, for the time being, this regulation is not backed by the European Council, which is why we are asking you to sign our petition).
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Europe | Atypical work in the arts, entertainment and media sector

Atypical work

On 8 and 9 September 2016, the final conference took place in Brussels of the joint FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ project focusing on the future of work and atypical working in the arts, entertainment and media sector. It was held in the European Parliament and the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Besides representatives from the four organising federations, the conference welcomed European and national parliamentarians, representatives of the European Commission, the International Labour Office (ILO) and the European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC) as well as jurists specialized in social law.
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Audiovisual | Study on the European labour market


Commissioned and overseen by social partners of the European audiovisual sectorial social dialogue committee*, this study examines the state of the labour market and trends observed over the past years in ten European Union states (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom). It is based on analytical and statistical documentary research, as well as interviews carried out over several months.

Study results show that technological changes –particularly the transition to digital- regulatory modifications, new forms of enterprises, the economic crisis and consequent austerity measures have brought about significant changes in the labour market with, at the end of the day, new opportunities, but also fresh difficulties.
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EAEA-Pearle* joint statement on the role of Culture and the Arts


FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI (on behalf of the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance – EAEA) and Pearle* have adopted a joint statement aimed at raising awareness where European states, European institutions and political decision-makers are concerned of the need to preserve and enhance public support for the performing arts and culture, at a time when these are being hit by short-sighted budget restriction measures, both where diffusion and artistic education are concerned.

EAEA and Pearle* are asking European decision-makers to break with current logic and do their utmost to preserve what constitutes one of our most valuable collective goods – Culture and the Arts.
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India | Risk prevention in Bollywood

Stage on fire in Mumbai

On 27-29 June 2016, FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI organised a workshop mainly dedicated to risk prevention in the movie industry in Bollywood, within the scope of their joint project backed by Union to Union.

Participants (technicians, actors and musicians), from the Federation of cinema employees in western India (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI), described the environment as tense. On the one hand, accidents on film sets are occurring one after the other at an alarming rate.
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