#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.
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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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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.
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21st FIM Congress

21st Congress

FIM’s 21st Congress took place in Reykjavik from 7 to 9 June 2016, hosted by our member union FIH, in the superb Harpa Congress Centre.

Speakers and panels

Opened by a warmly applauded speech by Mr. Illugi Gunnarsson, Icelandic Minister of Education and Culture, the Congress was followed by debates on motions as well as three panels respectively focusing on

The notion of well-being in a performing musician’s career.
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100th AFM Convention

100th AFM Convention

The 100th AFM Convention (Musicians’ Union of US and Canada) took place in Las Vegas (Nevada) from 20 to 25 June 2016.

After a curtain-raising, high-flying music evening on 19 June (The Quebe Sisters Band, The Las Vegas Jazz Connection with Tom Bones Malone, Dan Higgins, Marvin Stamm) in the presence of Bennie Thompson (Congress member), the convention gave the floor to several speakers, in particular David White (Executive Director, SAG-AFTRA), Kate Shindle (President, Actors’ Equity), Mike Huppe (President and CEO, SoundExchange), Dan Beck (Music Performance Trust Fund), Dennis Dreith (Executive Director, AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund), Benoît Machuel (General Secretary, FIM).
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The BMU Reacts to Vote to Leave European Union *

BMU logo

* As published on the BMU website

The Musicians’ Union has made no secret of the fact that it was overwhelmingly in favour of remaining in the European Union. We believe that the benefits of remaining for musicians were overwhelming and now have serious concerns about what the future holds for our members.
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OIRA: Free tool for risk assessment in the live performance sector

OIRA Final Conference

In Athens on 15 and 16 June 2016, European social partners from the live performance sector and the European Occupational Safety and Health Agency (EU-OSHA) organised a final conference presenting two interactive risk assessment tools (OIRA), intended respectively for live performance venues and productions.

The conference was aimed at representatives of the live performance sector from a considerable number of UE member states.
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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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