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FIM Vice President Roméo Dika in danger

Roméo Dika

Since he left the Presidential polit­i­cal par­ty, Cameroonian musi­cian Roméo Dika – also pres­i­dent of musi­cians union SYCAMU and FIM Vice President – has been the sub­ject of seri­ous intim­i­da­tion in his coun­try. Today, he fears for his safe­ty and that of his fam­i­ly.

As well as free­dom of expres­sion, free­dom of opin­ion is an essen­tial val­ue in Democracy. Like the entire trade union move­ment, FIM is deeply attached to the pro­tec­tion of this fun­da­men­tal free­dom and wish­es to express here its most pro­found con­cern.
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Revenues from audio streaming: the figures don’t add up

The streaming business model

The fig­ures pub­lished by the indus­try are clear: since 2012, the music stream­ing mar­ket has been pro­gress­ing con­tin­u­ous­ly. This growth is accel­er­at­ing year after year, in a spec­tac­u­lar way. In the United States, streaming-​generated rev­enues for 2019 exceed­ed the total record­ed music mar­ket for 2017 (RIAA data). The trend is the same on the British mar­ket, where fig­ures for 2019 set new records: for the first time, the annu­al num­ber of streams exceed­ed 100 bil­lion (BPI data).

As the stream­ing econ­o­my devel­ops, the ques­tions grow as to the way in which rev­enues are divid­ed between the var­i­ous sec­tor play­ers.
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Dominican Republic | National union training workshop

FIM workshop | Santo Domingo

Dominican musi­cians are busy cre­at­ing a union which, in its rules, embod­ies good gov­er­nance, trans­paren­cy and gen­der equal­i­ty.

FIM is pro­vid­ing tech­ni­cal sup­port for this process through back­ing from Swedish unions Union To Union and SMF. In par­tic­u­lar, this sup­port has tak­en the form of a union train­ing work­shop, organ­ised in Santo Domingo from 15 to 17 October 2019, run by Benoît Machuel (FIM General Secretary), Nathaly Ossa (FIM region­al coor­di­na­tor for Latin America) and John Acosta (President of AFM local 47).
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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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Bogota | FIM Latin America Regional Workshop

Group photo of the Bogota regional seminar, Nov. 2018 The Declaration on Gender Equity in Musicians’ Unions, draft­ed by women union lead­ers on 1st November 2018 in Montevideo, was unan­i­mous­ly adopt­ed by Latin American union lead­ers in Bogota.

By Ananay Aguilar

On 27 – 29 November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop in Bogota in the frame­work of a project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from the Swedish Musicians’ Union SMF. The event brought togeth­er rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay.
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Costa Rica | FIM-​UTM National Workshop

FIM workshop in San José, Costa Rica

By Ananay Aguilar

On 10 – 12 July 2018, FIM held a nation­al work­shop in San José, Costa Rica, spon­sored by Union To Union and backed by SMF. The event sought to sup­port the Costa Rican trade union of music work­ers (UTM) on cur­rent pri­or­i­ty areas such as
– The imple­men­ta­tion at nation­al lev­el of UNESCO’s Recommendation con­cern­ing the sta­tus of the artist;
– The pro­mo­tion of gen­der equal­i­ty in the music sec­tor;
– The right to col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing /​to strike /​to health and safe­ty;
– The recog­ni­tion of free­lance musi­cians as work­ers;
– The mon­eti­sa­tion of works and per­for­mances in the dig­i­tal envi­ron­ment, and
– Copyright and relat­ed rights in inter­na­tion­al treaties /​in nation­al law.
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Senegal | AMS is changing everything for the music sector

Senegal workshop (May 2018)

In keep­ing with the meet­ing held in March 2017, FIM and AMS organ­ised a new work­shop in Dakar from 14 to 16 May 2018, with­in the scope of the region­al pro­gramme for union train­ing backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union. On this occa­sion, vis­its to the Ministry of Labour, employ­ers and ILO helped define a coher­ent strat­e­gy towards con­clud­ing col­lec­tive agree­ments and mak­ing head­way along gen­der equal­i­ty lines.

The work­shop, which opened with a speech from the Minister of Culture, was also attend­ed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from UNESCO’s Dakar Office and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ILO-​ACTRAV.
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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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