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Opera Australia | International support for the MEAA campaign

No opera without us

Throughout the world, live enter­tain­ment is under­go­ing seri­ous con­straints, fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment deci­sions tak­en in response to the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic. These con­straints have brought about a drop in resources and seri­ous dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion of pro­grammes, in par­tic­u­lar where sym­pho­ny orches­tras or operas are con­cerned.

In the face of such an unprece­dent­ed sit­u­a­tion, it is essen­tial for all stake­hold­ers to work togeth­er to come up with suit­able strate­gies, in order both to pro­tect jobs and the mis­sions of these insti­tu­tions, over the short, medi­um and long terms.
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Orchestras | FIM Recommendations for a safe return to work

Empty concert hall Download the FIM Recommendations in PDF

I. Preamble

1. The covid-​19 out­break has led gov­ern­ments to close all live per­for­mance venues and pro­hib­it open-​air con­certs as soon as their coun­tries were hit by the pan­dem­ic. Three months lat­er, these mea­sures have brought the music sec­tor to its knees. Where finan­cial sup­port has been made avail­able for musi­cians, orches­tras or ensem­bles, it is gen­er­al­ly lim­it­ed in size, scope and dura­tion. In many cas­es, musi­cians are not eli­gi­ble to any sup­port.

2. There is a com­mon desire of musi­cians, employ­ers and audi­ences to re-​open con­cert halls as soon as pos­si­ble, to allow the artis­tic activ­i­ty to resume.
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A successful 4th International Orchestra Conference

IOC logo (EN) The 4th FIM International Orchestra Conference which took place in Montreal from 11 to 14 May 2017, drew about 300 par­tic­i­pants

After Berlin (2008), Amsterdam (2011) and Oslo (2014), FIM’s International Orchestra Conference took place for the first time on North American soil, in Montreal, in coop­er­a­tion with the Quebec Musicians’ Guild (GMMQ, local 406 of the AFM).

Within the scope of a spe­cif­ic part­ner­ship, all del­e­gates were invit­ed to attend the clos­ing con­cert of Montreal’s International Musical Competition, with prizewin­ners from the 2017 edi­tion and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra con­duct­ed by Claus Peter Flor.
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4th International Orchestra Conference (IOC)

Montreal Symphony Orchestra

For the first time since 2008, the International Orchestra Conference will be tak­ing place in North America, (Montreal), at the invi­ta­tion of GMMQ (local sec­tion 406 of AFM) and under the patron­age of Quebec orches­tra con­duc­tor Yannick Nézet-​Séguin. As in the pre­vi­ous three edi­tions, the choice of speak­ers from the five con­ti­nents will reflect the widest geo­graph­i­cal diver­si­ty.

Since the first IOC edi­tion, FIM has aimed at fos­ter­ing dia­logue and exchanges between musi­cians and direc­tors, intend­ing to open­ing up rela­tion­ships.
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CITES | CoP17 hears the requests of the music community

Alfonso Pollard & Thomas Dayan attending CITES CoP17

Known by its acronym CITES, the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fau­na and flo­ra aims to ensure that inter­na­tion­al trade in spec­i­mens of ani­mals and wild plants does not jeop­ar­dise the sur­vival of the species in ques­tion.

The 17th con­fer­ence of par­ties to CITES (CoP17) was held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, to adopt the ori­en­ta­tions seen as nec­es­sary to ensure effi­cient imple­men­ta­tion of the convention’s aims. Over 2,500 peo­ple rep­re­sent­ing par­ty states and NGOs in the pri­vate sec­tor and asso­ci­a­tions met for the occa­sion in South Africa’s eco­nom­ic cap­i­tal.
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ALERT! Help saving the orchestra of the Flemish Opera!

Flemish Opera Orchestra

The high­ly esteemed and much appre­ci­at­ed Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Flanders is being threat­ened to shut­down soon. Such clo­sure would result in a major part of Flemish cul­ture being seri­ous­ly erod­ed if not com­plete­ly erad­i­cat­ed.

How is this pos­si­ble? It is a direct con­se­quence of polit­i­cal machi­na­tions. An exter­nal report was ordered by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz, then com­piled by Koen Vandyck.

This dam­ag­ing report seems to imply the absorp­tion of the Flemish Opera Orchestra into the Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp.
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Israel | Crisis at Rishon LeZion Symphony: agreement reached

Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

The man­age­ment of the LeZion Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Musicians Union (IMU) have reached an agree­ment, thus putting an end to the finan­cial cri­sis (see our arti­cle here).

According to this 1‑year agree­ment, the musi­cians’ pre­mi­ums for over­time will be reduced by 4% until the end of 2016, as a con­tri­bu­tion to the reduc­tion of the deficit.

In the mean­time, the salary of the orchestra’s General Manager will be reduced by 15% in 2016. Maestro James Judd, has accept­ed to waive his salary as Musical Director dur­ing the same peri­od.
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Uruguay | International support for the SODRE Symphony Orchestra


The SODRE Symphony Orchestra is Uruguay’s nation­al orches­tra. Founded in 1931, it is Latin America’s old­est orches­tra. A bas­tion of nation­al cul­ture, it has also become an essen­tial bench­mark for the whole of the Latin American region. It has been direct­ed by celebri­ties such as Erich Kleiber, Ottorino Respighi or Igor Stravinsky, to men­tion just the most icon­ic.

Unfortunately, polit­i­cal lead­ers have set out on a path to grad­u­al­ly elim­i­nate per­ma­nent posi­tions in favour of pre­car­i­ous ones with short-​term con­tracts. Currently, the orches­tra has only 52 posi­tions left for sta­ble jobs, 47 posi­tions being cov­ered by pre­car­i­ous ones.
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