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.
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. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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). Read more
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. Read more
Takeshi Shinohara passed away on 14 October 2017. Long-time President of the Japanese Union MUJ, he was its representative at FIM from 2010 to 2017.
Photo: Takeshi in front of the Harpa Congress Centre in Reykjavik, when he attended FIM’s 21st Congress in June 2016 (photo Evelin Lackner)
Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi Shinohara studied the flute from 1959. After beginning at the NHK in 1966, he continued with his studies at the Tokyo University of Arts from 1967 to 1970, before pursuing his career as a chamber and studio musician and gave his first recitals in 1979 and 1980. Read more
As announced in a previous article, on the 21 September 2017, the European Commission engaged the second round of consultations of social partners on a possible review of Directive 91/533/CEE (regarding the obligation to inform workers on employment conditions), within the scope of implementing the European Pillar of social rights. This document is accessible here.
As the Commission notes, “there is a growing challenge to define and apply appropriate rights for many workers in new and non-standard forms of employment relationships. Read more
With the active collaboration of EAEA, the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) is pursuing its project dedicated to self-employed workers. Within the scope of this project, a workshop focusing on the social protection issue was organised in Paris on 6 – 7 September 2017.
Choosing the moment when people are returning to work in 2017 to hold this workshop owes nothing to chance. The European Commission has just completed a first round of consultation on the opportunity of reviewing the 91/533/CEE directive (relating to the written statement) and the possibility of a legislative initiative aimed at guaranteeing workers equal access to social protection, regardless of their working relationship. Read more