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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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Kenya | The government must recognize KeMU as a union!

FIM workshop in Nairobi, Sept. 2018

The polit­i­cal cri­sis in the wake of the 2017 elec­tions in Kenya has cre­at­ed con­sid­er­able dif­fi­cul­ties for pro­fes­sion­al musi­cians whose engage­ments have seri­ous­ly dimin­ished, but also for nation­al union KeMU, whose activ­i­ties and projects have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly dis­rupt­ed.

It was against this back­drop that, along with SMF and KeMU, FIM organ­ised a nation­al work­shop in Nairobi (4−6 September 2018) with­in the scope of a union train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop focused on devel­op­ing and organ­is­ing the union as well as on gen­der equal­i­ty.
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Ivory Coast | SAMCI continues structuring

FIM-SAMCI workshop, July 2018

FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organ­ised a nation­al train­ing work­shop in Abidjan, from 16 – 19 July 2018, as part of its region­al train­ing pro­gramme backed by Union to Union. The work­shop ben­e­fit­ted from a part­ner­ship with region­al organ­i­sa­tion Arterial Network, whose head­quar­ters are in Abidjan.

The work­shop focused on two issues:
1. the union’s inter­nal organ­i­sa­tion;
2. gen­der equal­i­ty.

Since July 2017, SAMCI has been offi­cial­ly rec­og­nized as a pro­fes­sion­al union, has become a FIM mem­ber and held empow­er­ment meet­ings for var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties of musi­cians, main­ly in the Abidjan region.
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The European Parliament adopts the copyright directive

Copyright on screen

On Wednesday 12 September 2018, the European Parliament adopt­ed the pro­posed direc­tive on copy­right in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket. It also gave man­date to the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) to enter into inter‐​institutional nego­ti­a­tions with the Commission and the Council (tri­a­logue).

This result is a gen­uine suc­cess for per­form­ers, achieved after con­sid­er­able efforts and against a glob­al­ly hos­tile back­drop. In real­i­ty, the European Commission’s ini­tial pro­pos­al fell way short of our expec­ta­tions, entire­ly leav­ing to one side, for exam­ple, the cen­tral issue of artists’ remu­ner­a­tion where stream­ing was con­cerned.
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Costa Rica | FIM‐​UTM National Workshop

FIM workshop in San José, Costa Rica

By Ananay Aguilar

On 10 – 12 July 2018, FIM held a nation­al work­shop in San José, Costa Rica, spon­sored by Union To Union and backed by SMF. The event sought to sup­port the Costa Rican trade union of music work­ers (UTM) on cur­rent pri­or­i­ty areas such as
– The imple­men­ta­tion at nation­al lev­el of UNESCO’s Recommendation con­cern­ing the sta­tus of the artist;
– The pro­mo­tion of gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor;
– The right to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing /​to strike /​to health and safe­ty;
– The recog­ni­tion of free­lance musi­cians as work­ers;
– The mon­eti­sa­tion of works and per­for­mances in the dig­i­tal envi­ron­ment, and
– Copyright and relat­ed rights in inter­na­tion­al treaties /​in nation­al law.
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Fair Internet | Artists meet European MPs

Campaign event at EU parliament, Strasbourg

The work of the European Parliament on the pro­posed European Directive on copy­right in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket is reach­ing its end: after the opin­ion com­mit­tees, the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) will be stat­ing its posi­tion on 21 June on the text which will be sub­mit­ted to a vote of the European Parliament, in prin­ci­ple dur­ing the com­ing weeks.

The Parliament’s CULT (Culture) and ITRE (Industry) Committees have already come out in favour of the intro­duc­tion, for per­form­ers, of a non‐​transferable, collectively‐​administered right to remu­ner­a­tion.
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Tidal suspected of huge fraud


Launched in Sweden in 2014, the Tidal music stream­ing ser­vice has since 2015 belonged to the Project Panther Ltd Company, owned by rap­per Jay‑Z mar­ried to singer Beyoncé.

Competing with plat­forms such as Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music, Tidal under­scores a more equi­table redis­tri­b­u­tion of its rev­enues in favour of artists and the avail­abil­i­ty of part of its cat­a­logue in MQA for­mat, a new stan­dard aimed at an audio­phile clien­tele.

While Tidal’s prof­itabil­i­ty per­spec­tives are more uncer­tain than ever, a report from the Center for Cyber and Information Security (CCIS) from the Science Faculty of Norway (the coun­try where Tidal’s par­ent com­pa­ny is locat­ed) indi­cates that Tidal alleged­ly allo­cat­ed 320 mil­lion false lis­ten­ings to two albums: Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo and Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
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Senegal | AMS is changing everything for the music sector

Senegal workshop (May 2018)

In keep­ing with the meet­ing held in March 2017, FIM and AMS organ­ised a new work­shop in Dakar from 14 to 16 May 2018, with­in the scope of the region­al pro­gramme for union train­ing backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union. On this occa­sion, vis­its to the Ministry of Labour, employ­ers and ILO helped define a coher­ent strat­e­gy towards con­clud­ing col­lec­tive agree­ments and mak­ing head­way along gen­der equal­i­ty lines.

The work­shop, which opened with a speech from the Minister of Culture, was also attend­ed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from UNESCO’s Dakar Office and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ILO‐​ACTRAV.
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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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