Streaming: help us change the game!

Rallia Christidou

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.
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The FIM-​Pearle* hands-​on guide to CITES is now available

CITES handbookFIM and Pearle* are pub­lish­ing a guide which tells you all you need to know (or prac­ti­cal­ly) on admin­is­tra­tive oblig­a­tions linked to the imple­men­ta­tion of CITES

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) impos­es a cer­tain num­ber of oblig­a­tions on those trav­el­ling with an object which, whol­ly or par­tial­ly, comes from a pro­tect­ed ani­mal or plant species. Musical instru­ments con­tain­ing ivory, ebony, rose­wood or a species belong­ing to the Dalbergiae fam­i­ly are con­cerned by these mea­sures.
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Streaming: pro-​rata vs user-​centric distribution models

First pub­lished on the SML web­site

More for few or few­er for more – The results of a com­par­a­tive study on pro rata and user cen­tric dis­tri­b­u­tion mod­els

Currently, the mon­ey goes to the most lis­tened tracks instead of being allo­cat­ed in accor­dance with the consumer’s choic­es

The study com­mis­sioned by Finnish music orga­ni­za­tions explored the dif­fer­ences between the pro rata mod­el favor­ing the most lis­tened tracks and being in use in stream­ing ser­vices, and the alter­na­tive user-​centric mod­el based on indi­vid­ual consumer’s choic­es.
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EU | Rights of self-​employed workers

ETUC workshop | Amsterdam, Feb. 2018A work­shop organ­ised by ETUC is con­sid­er­ing solu­tions for restric­tions imposed on self-​employed work­ers by nation­al com­pe­ti­tion author­i­ties

In Amsterdam, on 14 February 2018, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) organ­ised its third the­mat­ic work­shop on self-​employed work­ers, with the active help of EAEA. The meet­ing focused on self-​employed work­ers who, in a cer­tain num­ber of coun­tries, are deprived of the ben­e­fit of col­lec­tive agree­ments as a result of com­pe­ti­tion law.

The work­shop brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives of union con­fed­er­a­tions from all over Europe, jurists and spe­cial­ists from the International Labour Organization and the Council of Europe.
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Guatemala | FIM Seminar for Central America and the Caribbean

Guatemala seminar | Dec. 19-21, 2017

By Ananay Aguilar

On 19 – 21 December 2017, FIM held a sub-​regional sem­i­nar in Guatemala City for musi­cians’ unions in Central America and the Caribbean in the frame­work of a region­al project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá and Dominican Republic. The local group, organ­ised by Gilmar Mejía from Musicartes, con­sist­ed of enthu­si­as­tic lead­ers drawn from the whole coun­try for a new musi­cians’ union, in addi­tion to rep­re­sen­ta­tives to oth­er, already estab­lished, music organ­i­sa­tions.
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Africa | Sub-​regional workshop on gender equality

FIM workshop - Tanzania

This FIM meet­ing focus­ing on gen­der equal­i­ty brought togeth­er union rep­re­sen­ta­tives from eleven English-​speaking African coun­tries

From 20 to 22 November 2017 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, FIM and the Tanzanian Urban Musicians’ Association (TUMA) organ­ised an exchange and train­ing work­shop on gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor, which had finan­cial back­ing from Union to Union. This was the sec­ond African meet­ing after a first work­shop in Dakar in January 2016. The meet­ing took place in the pres­ence and with the active sup­port of Union to Union and SMF rep­re­sen­ta­tives.
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Indonesia | Creation of the first musicians’ union

FIM Jakarta workshop Nov. 2017

During a FIM nation­al work­shop co-​organized with PAPPRI, a col­lec­tive of Indonesian musi­cians under­took to form a union with­in the next six months

During a first nation­al work­shop held in Jakarta in June 2006, FIM met rep­re­sen­ta­tives of sev­er­al nation­al per­former organ­i­sa­tions. With the help of FIM rep­re­sen­ta­tives, spe­cial­ists in inter­na­tion­al stan­dards in the labour field (ILO) and copy­right (WIPO), the meet­ing addressed the whole array of their con­cerns over three days and led to the con­clu­sion that only a union organ­i­sa­tion would have the abil­i­ty to see that the rights of this pro­fes­sion­al cat­e­go­ry were rec­og­nized, defend­ed and pro­mot­ed.
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Cuba | FIM workshop for musicians

Havana FIM workshop

By Ananay Aguilar

On 31 Oct.-2 Nov. 2017, FIM organ­ised its first event in Cuba since its 17th Congress, held in Havana in 2001. This train­ing work­shop was host­ed by UNEAC (Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba), in the frame­work of a region­al project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from SMF.

The FIM team con­sist­ed of Déborah Cheyne (FIM Vice President), John Acosta (President of AFM Local 47 – Los Angeles), Benoît Machuel (FIM General Secretary) and Ananay Aguilar (FIM Regional Coordinator for Latin America).
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Europe | EAEA’s reply to the Commission’s consultation

EAEA logo

EAEA has set out its pro­pos­als for effi­cient­ly imple­ment­ing the ini­tia­tive of the European Pillar of Social Rights, with par­tic­u­lar regard to atyp­i­cal work

On 3 November 2017, EAEA answered the two ques­tions posed by the European Commission in the sec­ond phase of con­sul­ta­tion of social part­ners on a pos­si­ble review of the “writ­ten state­ment” direc­tive (91/​553/​EEC), with­in the scope of its ini­tia­tive on a European Pillar of Social Rights.

The points raised by EAEA cor­re­spond to con­cerns also expressed by UNI-​Europa and ETUC regard­ing the need to pro­vide more seri­ous guar­an­tees for so-​called “atyp­i­cal” work­ers, includ­ing those who exer­cise their activ­i­ty in a non-​salaried con­text, not sub­ject to nation­al labour leg­is­la­tion.
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