Streaming: help us change the game!

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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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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

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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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Demise of Takeshi Shinohara

Takeshi Shinohara

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.
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European pillar of social rights | 2nd consultation round

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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.
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Will the EU ensure social protection for the self-​employed?

ETUC meeting | Paris

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.
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