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. Read more
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. Read more
The 100thAFM 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). Read more
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). Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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). Read more