To the memory of my friend Abiadé Adéwusi

Abiadé Adewusi (Togo)

Passed away on Saturday 1 July 2017, Abiadé Adewusi, President of SARIAC (Togo), played a key role in founding the FIM African group in 1997

By Roméo Dika, FIM Vice-President

During the WIPO seminar organised in Lomé in 1997, helping train our new and inexperienced organisations in many fields which were of interest to corporation, Jean Vincent, then FIM General Secretary, proposed that African associative and union organisations belong to FIM.

While the other Africans turned away from this proposal, Abiadé Adewusi brought together Mamadou Barry and Ryad Challoub from Guinea, Ismael Lo from Senegal, Valen Guédé from the Ivory Coast and myself for Cameroon in a restaurant.
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21st FIM Congress

21st Congress

FIM’s 21st Congress took place in Reykjavik from 7 to 9 June 2016, hosted by our member union FIH, in the superb Harpa Congress Centre.

Speakers and panels

Opened by a warmly applauded speech by Mr. Illugi Gunnarsson, Icelandic Minister of Education and Culture, the Congress was followed by debates on motions as well as three panels respectively focusing on

The notion of well-​being in a performing musician’s career
• Mrs Dianne Widdison (BMU, United Kingdom)
• Mrs Christine Thomassen (MFO, Norway)
• Mr Jean-​Marc Vogt (DOV, Germany)
• Kari Árnason (FIH, Iceland)

Gender equality in musicians’ unions and at sector level
• Mrs Déborah Cheyne (SINDMUSI, Brazil)
• Mr Daniel Gomes (AMS, Senegal)
• Mrs Silja Fischer (CIM)
• Mr Thomas Bjelkerud (SMF, Sweden)
Moderator: Anders Laursen (DMF, Denmark)

Music streaming and the issue of absence of online income for musicians
• Dr Pál Tomori (MZTSZ, Hungary)
• Mrs Geidy Lung, Senior Counsellor, Copyright Division of WIPO
• Mr Marc Slyper (SNAM, France)
• Mr Jan Granvik (SMF, Sweden)
• Mr Horace Trubridge (BMU, United Kingdom)
• Mr Bruce Fife (AFM, United States)
Moderator: Beat Santschi (SMV, Switzerland)

We were honoured and pleased to have the following guests take part as speakers:
• Mrs Ferne Downey (Canada), President of FIA
• Mrs Geidy Lung, Senior Counsellor, Copyright Division of WIPO
• Mr Samuel Shu Masuyama (Japan), CPRA-​Geidankyo
• Mr David Jandrisch (Canada), President of MROC
• Mr Peter Leathem (Royaume-​Uni), CEO of PPL
• Mrs Silja Fischer (CIM)


Among the resolutions adopted, we can mention in particular those aimed at the right of making available on demand (resolutions 10 to 13) based on the unanimous observation that performers are still excluded from income generated by the rapid growth of distribution platforms such as Spotify, Deezer or Apple Music.
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100th AFM Convention

100th AFM Convention

The 100th AFM Convention (Musicians’ Union of US and Canada) took place in Las Vegas (Nevada) from 20 to 25 June 2016.

After a curtain-​raising, high-​flying music evening on 19 June (The Quebe Sisters Band, The Las Vegas Jazz Connection with Tom Bones Malone, Dan Higgins, Marvin Stamm) in the presence of Bennie Thompson (Congress member), the convention gave the floor to several speakers, in particular David White (Executive Director, SAG-​AFTRA), Kate Shindle (President, Actors’ Equity), Mike Huppe (President and CEO, SoundExchange), Dan Beck (Music Performance Trust Fund), Dennis Dreith (Executive Director, AFM & SAG-​AFTRA Fund), Benoît Machuel (General Secretary, FIM).
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FIM President John Smith announced as new Chairman of PPL

John Smith, FIM President

John Smith, General Secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU) and President of the International Federation of Musicians (FIM), will succeed Fran Nevrkla OBE as Chairman of PPL (which is a part-​time position) on 1 January 2016. Fran Nevrkla will retire at the end of 2015 following 15 years with the company.

With a career spanning 40 years in the music industry, John has worked with PPL for many years. In 2006 he was a key player in achieving the successful merger of PAMRA (Performing Artists’ Media Rights Association) and AURA (Association of United Recording Artists) into PPL to form one of the world’s most successful and efficient Collective Management Organisations (CMOs).
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FIM salutes the memory of Danny Longstaff

It is with great emotion and deep sadness that we have learned of the sudden demise of our colleague and friend Danny Longstaff, in the night of the 1 to 2 April 2015.

Danny worked for the British Musicians’ Union (BMU) as Orchestras Official. He had been second trombone to the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra from 1992 to 2000.

A fervent supporter of FIM, he took part in many of our Federation’s meetings and congresses as BMU representative, each time providing his experience, professionalism and enthusiasm.
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United Kingdom | Musicians’ union’s 120th anniversary

During its biennial conference on the 23 and 24 July 2013, the British Musicians’ Union (BMU) celebrated its 120th anniversary in Manchester, where it was created in 1893. This particularly brilliant event was an opportunity, for Europe’s largest musicians’ union with over 30,000 members, to denounce once more the British government’s radical disengagement from all its missions of a cultural character and its devastating effects on musical life in the country. This historic cultural regression is astutely described on the http://​www​.lost​-arts​.org website.
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20th FIM Congress (Oct. 3 – 5, 2012)

FIM’s 20th Congress drew to a close on the 5 October 2012 after 3 days of intense and constructive debates which led to the adoption of 33 resolutions covering issues as fundamental as working relationships, health, intellectual property rights and income generated by such rights against the digital backdrop, contracts, music education, public policies in the field of culture or freedom of expression.

A major concern expressed during congress was the low level of income received by musicians from their recorded performances when these were exploited online, whether this be within the framework of an exclusive right (whether transferred or not) or a right to remuneration.
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Enhanced diversity in FIM’s governing bodies

FIM’s 20th Congress decided on the renewal of its governing bodies with diversity as the key word. Taking place in Buenos Aires from the 3 to 5 October 2012, the FIM Congress in particular elected representatives from Africa (Romeo Dika, Cameroon) and Latin America (Deborah Cheyne Prates, Brazil) to the Federation’s Vice-​Presidency. The Executive Committee has also opened out to the Asia-​Pacific region (Australia and India) and increased the presence of emerging or developing countries (Ghana, Bulgaria). Two new seats out of the recently created 6 go to Northern and Southern Europe (Norway and Italy).
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