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Opera Australia | International support for the MEAA campaign

No opera without us

Throughout the world, live enter­tain­ment is under­go­ing seri­ous con­straints, fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment deci­sions tak­en in response to the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic. These con­straints have brought about a drop in resources and seri­ous dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion of pro­grammes, in par­tic­u­lar where sym­pho­ny orches­tras or operas are con­cerned.

In the face of such an unprece­dent­ed sit­u­a­tion, it is essen­tial for all stake­hold­ers to work togeth­er to come up with suit­able strate­gies, in order both to pro­tect jobs and the mis­sions of these insti­tu­tions, over the short, medi­um and long terms.
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Naomi Pohl (UK) elected to IMC’s Executive Board

Naomi Pohl photograph

The International Music Council cel­e­brat­ed its sev­en­ti­eth anniver­sary in Paris dur­ing its 38th General Assembly (27−28 September 2019), fol­lowed by the 6th World Forum on Music.

Deputy General Secretary at the British Musicians’ Union (BMU), Naomi Pohl was FIM’s can­di­date for elec­tion to the IMC’s Executive Board. She was one of the per­son­al­i­ties elect­ed, includ­ing President Alfons Karabuda, a Swedish com­pos­er, also President of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA).

In the upcom­ing peri­od, IMC intends focus­ing on devel­op­ing activ­i­ties based on the five music rights –which con­sti­tute the main pil­lars of its mis­sion as an NGO– while at the same time being clos­er to the con­cerns of its mem­bers.
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EU/​UNESCO Expert Facility on Governance of Culture

UNESCO/UE expert facility

On the occa­sion of the 7th Conference of the par­ties and the Forum of organ­i­sa­tions of civ­il soci­ety of the 2005 Convention (Paris, 4 – 7 June 2019), the UNESCO Secretariat and the Ambassador of the European Union to UNESCO pre­sent­ed the EU/​UNESCO Expert Facility for enhanc­ing sys­tems of gov­er­nance of cul­ture in devel­op­ing coun­tries.

Initiated in 2010 and financed by the European Union, this mech­a­nism has a dual aim:
– Strengthen skills and capac­i­ties for imple­ment­ing the con­ven­tion, by cre­at­ing an expert facil­i­ty in the fields cov­ered by the con­ven­tion: cul­tur­al indus­tries, poli­cies and mea­sures for artists, cul­tur­al indus­tries and cul­tur­al goods and ser­vices.
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Fair Internet | Artists meet European MPs

Campaign event at EU parliament, Strasbourg

The work of the European Parliament on the pro­posed European Directive on copy­right in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket is reach­ing its end: after the opin­ion com­mit­tees, the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) will be stat­ing its posi­tion on 21 June on the text which will be sub­mit­ted to a vote of the European Parliament, in prin­ci­ple dur­ing the com­ing weeks.

The Parliament’s CULT (Culture) and ITRE (Industry) Committees have already come out in favour of the intro­duc­tion, for per­form­ers, of a non-​transferable, collectively-​administered right to remu­ner­a­tion.
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UNESCO | 6th Conference of Parties to the 2005 Convention

Unesco CoP 6 States which were Party to the 2005 Convention on Cultural Diversity adopt oper­a­tional guide­lines in the dig­i­tal envi­ron­ment

From 12 to 15 June 2017, UNESCO host­ed the 6th Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in Paris. When assess­ing the con­fer­ence, there are both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive points.

Among the pos­i­tive aspects, we can note the impor­tance giv­en to civ­il soci­ety organ­i­sa­tions (NGOs) which organ­ised their own forum on 12 June and are now rec­og­nized by the Secretariat and the Member States as essen­tial part­ners for imple­ment­ing the Convention.
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ALERT! Help saving the orchestra of the Flemish Opera!

Flemish Opera Orchestra

The high­ly esteemed and much appre­ci­at­ed Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Flanders is being threat­ened to shut­down soon. Such clo­sure would result in a major part of Flemish cul­ture being seri­ous­ly erod­ed if not com­plete­ly erad­i­cat­ed.

How is this pos­si­ble? It is a direct con­se­quence of polit­i­cal machi­na­tions. An exter­nal report was ordered by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz, then com­piled by Koen Vandyck.

This dam­ag­ing report seems to imply the absorp­tion of the Flemish Opera Orchestra into the Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp.
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France | The profession of performer undermined by the government

Assemblée Nationale

Indignation among pro­fes­sion­al per­form­ing artists after the adop­tion at sec­ond read­ing of the “Creation” bill pre­sent­ed by the French gov­ern­ment which makes pro­vi­sion for all com­pa­nies in the enter­tain­ment busi­ness, whether sub­sidised or not, to be able to resort to using unpaid artists.

Under the guise of fos­ter­ing ama­teur prac­tices, the French gov­ern­ment is organ­is­ing the legal­i­sa­tion of negat­ing the trade of per­former, by sug­gest­ing that the work of a musi­cian or actor does not need to be remu­ner­at­ed.

This is a his­toric regres­sion, in a coun­try which has a rep­u­ta­tion for treat­ing its artists worthi­ly.
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Financial crisis at the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

The IMU (Israeli Musicians’ Union) is deeply involved in the ongo­ing nego­ti­a­tions between the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra’s man­age­ment and the 80 musi­cians who are employed under a col­lec­tive agree­ment and rep­re­sent­ed by the Union. The orches­tra car­ries a heavy deficit and as gov­ern­ment and city sup­port, though not cur­tailed, are not going to grow, the man­age­ment has put on the table a dras­tic cut in the planned 2016 bud­get.

The musi­cians are asked to agree to a 10% cut in their salaries. Next two weeks will be cru­cial and it is hoped that a work­able solu­tion will be reached.
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