With the Ivory Coast Musicians’ Union (SAMCI), FIM organised a national workshop for union training in Abidjan, from 18 – 21 July 2017, within the framework of its regional programme supported by Union to Union. Focusing on union organisation and action, as well as gender equality, the workshop was rounded off by a press release.
SAMCI is a recent organisation founded during its general assembly which took place in 2017. Facing significant political tensions, the country has a strong-potential economy but one which produces deep inequalities. In the music sector, outside leading stars, most musicians live in extremely poor conditions. It is not unheard of for musicians living in Abidjan to have to make do with fees of 5,000 CFA (less than €8) per evening. Against this backdrop, the creation of SAMCI triggers hope and interest.
SAMCI is already setting an example where the place of women in the organisation is concerned, with the latter occupying positions of President, General Secretary and Treasurer. It has undertaken steps to be officially registered as a union by the administration and has working relations with SYNAPPCI (union of Ivory Coast journalists and technicians, affiliated to UNI-MEI).
SAMCI’s ambition is to become spokesperson for Ivory Coast musicians
SAMCI is currently putting the finishing touches to an action plan which will soon be implemented and should provide it with enhanced visibility, make it better known at regional level, identify new partners and undertake various projects before the end of 2017.
Amongst these projects is the implementation of the Act of 26 July 2016 on copyright and related rights. This Act makes provision for equitable remuneration for performers and producers with equal shares for these two categories of rightholders, a duty for private copying levied from importers (the terms of which have to be defined by an as yet unpublished decree) and a right for making available. The Act also provides for there being no more than two private collecting organisations, constituted in the form of civil societies: one for copyright, the other for related rights. Currently, only BURIDA (a public organisation under the direct authority of the Ministry of Culture) is authorised to manage copyright and related rights. There are consequently significant changes in the pipeline.