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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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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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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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Uruguay | FIM regional workshop on gender equality

Montevideo regional workshop on gender equality: group photo

By Ananay Aguilar

On 30th October – 1st November 2018, FIM held a region­al work­shop on gen­der equal­i­ty in Montevideo 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, Cuba, Mexico and Uruguay. The local group, organ­ised by José Luis Azaretto of FUDEM and Gisselle Fernández of AUDEM, con­sist­ed of enthu­si­as­tic lead­ers drawn from the cap­i­tal and dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.
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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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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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Cuba | FIM workshop for musicians

Havana FIM workshop

By Ananay Aguilar

On 31 Oct.-2 Nov. 2017, FIM organ­ised its first event in Cuba since its 17th Congress, held in Havana in 2001. This train­ing work­shop was host­ed by UNEAC (Union de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba), in the frame­work of a region­al project fund­ed by Swedish organ­i­sa­tion Union To Union, with sup­port from SMF.

The FIM team con­sist­ed of Déborah Cheyne (FIM Vice President), John Acosta (President of AFM Local 47 – Los Angeles), Benoît Machuel (FIM General Secretary) and Ananay Aguilar (FIM Regional Coordinator for Latin America).
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Brazil | Musicians take position about the political crisis

Dilma Roussef, President of Brazil

Musicians’ Manifest

Brazil cur­rent­ly faces the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a set­back in his­toric achieve­ments for which the Brazilian peo­ple fought hard. A Constitution focused on cit­i­zen­ship, built after a murky state of emer­gency peri­od is about to be demeaned by politi­cians who act exclu­sive­ly based on cor­po­ratist inter­ests and moved by more mali­cious intents.

A demo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly elect­ed pres­i­dent faces an “impeach­ment” process with­out any crime of respon­si­bil­i­ty that can be attrib­uted to her man­age­ment. The Constitution is clear; jurists, pub­lic per­son­al­i­ties, politi­cians and states­men from Brazil and the world have demon­strat­ed the absur­di­ty of what is about to be per­pe­trat­ed in Congress.
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