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FIM in brief

John Smith | FIM President

John Smith, President

Benoît Machuel | FIM General Secretary

Benoît Machuel, General Secretary

John Morton | FIM President Emeritus

John Morton, President Emeritus

The International Federation of Musicians, found­ed in 1948, is the inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tion for musi­cians’ unions and equiv­a­lent rep­re­sen­ta­tive organ­i­sa­tions. It is now count­ing about 70 mem­bers in 60 coun­tries through­out the world.

FIM has cre­at­ed three region­al groups, for Africa (FIM-​AF, the FIM African Committee), for Latin America (GLM, Grupo Latinoamericano de Músicos) and for Europe (the FIM European group).

The Federation’s main objec­tive is to pro­tect and fur­ther the eco­nom­ic, social and artis­tic inter­ests of musi­cians rep­re­sent­ed by its mem­ber unions.

This leads to such activ­i­ties as:
 — Furtherance of the organ­i­sa­tion of musi­cians in all coun­tries,
 — Federation of unions of musi­cians through­out the world, fur­ther­ance and strength­en­ing of inter­na­tion­al col­lab­o­ra­tion,
 — Promoting of nation­al and inter­na­tion­al pro­tec­tive leg­isla­tive (or oth­er) ini­tia­tives in the inter­ests of musi­cians,
 — Making of agree­ments with oth­er inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tions in the inter­ests of mem­ber unions and of the pro­fes­sion,
 — Obtaining and com­pi­la­tion of sta­tis­ti­cal and oth­er infor­ma­tion refer­ring to the music pro­fes­sion and pro­vi­sion of such infor­ma­tion to mem­ber unions,
 — Moral and mate­r­i­al sup­port of mem­ber unions in the inter­ests of the pro­fes­sion and in accor­dance with the objects of FIM,
 — Furtherance of all appro­pri­ate efforts to make good music a com­mon prop­er­ty of all peo­ple,
 — Holding of inter­na­tion­al con­gress­es and con­fer­ences,
 — Close col­lab­o­ra­tion with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Labour Office (ILO) and UNESCO, and the main­te­nance of con­tin­u­ous rela­tions with all inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions which could be of ser­vice to FIM.

As a non­govern­men­tal organ­i­sa­tion, FIM has a per­ma­nent rela­tion­ship with major inter­gov­ern­men­tal organ­i­sa­tions such as UNESCO, the ILO, WIPO. It is recog­nised and con­sult­ed by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Parliament. It enables it to par­tic­i­pate in cru­cial nego­ti­a­tions on the pro­tec­tion of per­form­ers where it can make the voice of musi­cians heard.

FIM is a mem­ber of the International Music Council (IMC). It also col­lab­o­rates with all nation­al and inter­na­tion­al organ­i­sa­tions rep­re­sent­ing work­ers in the media field. It has cre­at­ed the International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (IAEA) with the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and UNI-​Media and Entertainment International (UNI-​MEI). IAEA is a mem­ber of the Council of Global Unions (CGU).

FIM works close­ly with col­lect­ing soci­eties admin­is­ter­ing per­form­ers’ rights.

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