FIM Rules

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Name and domicile

1. The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) is an international organisation, to which musicians’ unions and equivalent representative organisations from all countries, may affiliate.

2. The domicile of FIM shall be the place where the Secretariat is established, namely 21 bis, rue Victor Massé 75009 Paris, France. It may be transferred by decision of the Executive Committee, subject to regulatory steps being carried out to this end vis-à-vis the competent administrative authorities.

Object and Purpose

3. The object of FIM shall be to unite musicians’ unions of various countries into one global organization for the purpose of protecting and elevating the economic, social and artistic status and interests of music performers.

4. In order to achieve its objectives, FIM is committed to the following:

a) encouraging and assisting in the organisation of musicians, whether employed or self-employed, into musicians’ unions in all countries;

b) uniting musicians’ unions throughout the world;

c) taking the geographical diversity of its members into account with regards to the make-up of its bodies, and its Executive Committee in particular;

d) increasing and strengthening international collaboration between musicians’ unions through, for example, the promotion of bilateral agreements and/or twinning schemes between FIM affiliates and/or cooperation with unions during industrial or work related disputes;

e) protecting members of the music profession against the illicit use of their performances, recorded or otherwise;

f) promoting national and international protective legislation in the interests of musicians;

g) entering into agreements with other international organisations in the interests of member unions and of the profession;

h) encouraging non-national musicians to observe and respect the minimum rates and conditions of the country in which they are working;

i) obtaining and compiling statistical and other information in reference to the music profession and providing such information to member unions;

j) securing the legal regulation of profit-making employment agencies for musicians;

k) assisting member unions to overcome visas, work permits and other difficulties that might be experienced when working abroad by inter alia:
– regulating the transfer of members of one national union to another;
– protecting the interests of foreign musicians;

l) providing moral and material support for member unions in the interests of the profession and in accordance with the objects of FIM;

m) use all efforts to make music a heritage common to all people, taking into account the preservation of national and regional identities to foster inter-cultural dialogue;

n) holding international congresses and conferences;

o) maintaining close collaboration with WIPO, the International Labour Office and UNESCO, and continuous relations with all international organisations which could be of service to FIM.


5. All musicians’ unions which agree to abide by the rules and other regulations of FIM may apply for membership of FIM. Admission shall be effected according to Art.7 and 8, subject to the following exception: a union comprising less than 300 members may be admitted only at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

6. Application for admission shall be sent in writing to the Secretariat. Included with the application, the applicant union shall provide a copy of its Rules/Constitution and information regarding the union’s jurisdiction and number of members. Notice of such application shall be sent to all affiliated unions by the Secretariat who shall also provide an opinion regarding the appropriateness of the application.

7. Should no objections be raised within twelve weeks, the admission of the applicant union shall be effected by the Secretariat. However, an objection to the admission of a new musicians’ union may be raised by any member union and shall be submitted to the Secretariat by registered or recorded letter, or by electronic mail with acknowledgement of receipt, within four weeks after receipt of the notification of the application for admission. The objection shall include in detail the arguments and reasons of the objecting party to the admittance of the applicant union to FIM.

8. If an objection is raised, the Executive Committee shall decide for or against the acceptance of the application. Should the Executive Committee decide against acceptance of an application, a rejected union shall have the right to appeal against the decision of the Executive Committee to the next Congress. The union shall be informed of this right by the Secretariat by registered or recorded letter, or by electronic mail with acknowledgement of receipt. On appeal, the union may be admitted into membership by majority decision of the Congress.

9. An admission may be revoked by decision of the Executive Committee if it should appear that:

a) the admission was effected only as a result of deception by the applicant union, or

b) a member union was unable in due time to raise a well founded objection for the sole reason only that the member did not receive, or did not receive in due time, knowledge of the application for admission.

Termination of membership

10. Membership may be terminated by:

a) resignation;

b) expulsion.

11. Any member union that has completely fulfilled its financial obligations may resign from membership on 31st December or 30th June by giving six months’ prior notice to the Secretariat by registered or recorded letter.

12. Expulsion may be ordered by the Executive Committee for contravention of the rules or of resolutions of the Congress. The expelled union may appeal to the next Congress. Pending the decision of the Congress, which shall be final, the appellant union shall have no obligations or rights of any kind with the exception of the right of appeal.

13. FIM promotes democracy, transparency and good governance as essential values of the labour movement. FIM member organisations as well as applicant organisations declare that they endorse and agree to abide by these principles.

14. The Executive Committee may suspend from membership any member union which is not in compliance with its obligations or has breached FIM rules or any specific decision of Congress. Such decision may be the subject of appeal to the following Congress. A member union suspended from membership in accordance with this Article shall retain all obligations of membership but exercise no rights of membership.
Unless otherwise decided by the Executive Committee, a member union that hasn’t complied with its financial obligations for 2 years will be suspended. This union will remain suspended until those obligations are fulfilled.
Unless otherwise decided by the Executive Committee, a suspension for over 2 years will result in the member’s affiliation being terminated.

Rights and Obligations of Members

15. Member unions shall have autonomy in respect to their organisation, administration and finance, and full freedom of action in respect to their collective bargaining policy, but in all matters of international importance shall observe a common policy.

16. Member unions shall accept the obligation to carry out the decisions of the Congress and the Executive Committee by all means at their disposal.

17. Member unions shall bring their rules into conformity so far as is practicable with the rules of FIM.

18. Each member union shall send an annual report to the Secretariat on important developments in its own country, by e-mail where possible. In addition, any matters of interests to other members shall be reported to the Secretariat. Members unions shall provide such information as may be requested by the Secretariat.

19. Financial obligations of member unions to FIM are paid by member unions as follows:

a) entrance fee on admission;

b) annual membership fees at the beginning of each business year;

c) any other fees as and when decided by the Congress.

The Executive Committee shall have the authority to grant exceptional reductions of the fees and contributions due to FIM to those member unions who are unable to comply with their standard financial obligations. It may in particular authorise the payment by such unions of a reduced contribution for a specified period of time, renewable at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

The union concerned shall only be entitled to have the number of delegates to Congress that is in proportion to its fees and contributions paid in the Congress period.

Special arrangements for payment may be granted at the discretion of the General Secretary.

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