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Argentina | Demise of María Laura Vigliecca

Laura Vigliecca

The Argentinian union SADEM and the Latin American group of FIM are in mourn­ing after the demise of María Laura Vigliecca, mem­ber of SADEM’s man­age­ment and pres­i­dent of OSDEM (Obra social de músicos).

A long-​time trade union­ist and a com­mit­ted fem­i­nist, María Laura par­tic­i­pat­ed in sev­er­al FIM meet­ings in Latin America, bring­ing her ener­gy, expe­ri­ence and excep­tion­al charis­ma. In October 2018, her pres­ence at the FIM region­al con­fer­ence ded­i­cat­ed to the rights of female musi­cians (Montevideo) sig­nif­i­cant­ly con­tributed to the suc­cess of this event.
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Demise of Takeshi Shinohara

Takeshi Shinohara

Takeshi Shinohara passed away on 14 October 2017. Long-​time President of the Japanese Union MUJ, he was its rep­re­sen­ta­tive at FIM from 2010 to 2017.

Photo: Takeshi in front of the Harpa Congress Centre in Reykjavik, when he attend­ed FIM’s 21st Congress in June 2016 (pho­to Evelin Lackner)

Born in Tokyo in 1947, Takeshi Shinohara stud­ied the flute from 1959. After begin­ning at the NHK in 1966, he con­tin­ued with his stud­ies at the Tokyo University of Arts from 1967 to 1970, before pur­su­ing his career as a cham­ber and stu­dio musi­cian and gave his first recitals in 1979 and 1980.
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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 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
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