This ILO brief highlights the impact of COVID-19 on the media and culture sector, hit hard by unemployment and closed productions.
It analyses how the sector’s diversity in terms of contract types and occupations creates challenges in accessing social protection, safety and health, and economic relief programmes.
The brief also offers policy options, drawing from countries’ examples and initiatives from workers’ and employers’ organizations, to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic on the sector.
This Handbook on Trade Union Organising is the outcome of a joint project by FIM, FIA, EURO-MEI and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The project, entitled “Reaching the Full Potential of Social Dialogue for Atypical Workers” focused on the challenge of union representation of workers in the Media, Arts and Entertainment sector, who are freelance, self-employed or otherwise atypical workers.
The project was funded via the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs budget line for Information and Training Measures for Workers’ Organisations. Read full post
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. Read full post
Exchanging with Commissioner Gabriel today, AEPO-ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO shared with her what they consider the European Commission’s key priorities should be in order to strengthen performers’ protection and enable them to envisage fulfilling professional careers.
AEPO-ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO welcome that the European Commission recognised the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cultural and creative sector in its recent EU recovery plan. In this regard, it is absolutely essential that the EU can provide performers with appropriate short- and mid-term support, financial and otherwise. Read full post
As a result of the ratification, on 28 January 2020, by Indonesia of the Treaty on intellectual property rights of performers over their audiovisual performances, the Beijing Treaty, also known as the WAPT, officially came into force on 28 April last, that is to say, eight long years after being adopted. Indonesia is the thirtieth sate to have deposited an instrument of ratification with WIPO.
Subject to ratification by the Member States, this treaty guarantees performers an inalienable and unassignable moral right as well as five types of exclusive economic rights granted to beneficiaries for their performances fixed in an audiovisual fixation: rights of reproduction, distribution, rental, making available, broadcasting and communication to the public. Read full post
On May 8th, 2020, the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed by consensus Mr Daren Tang as the Organisation’s next Director-General, with Mr Tang’s six-year term beginning on October 1st, 2020.
He will succeed Mr Francis Gurry, who has served as Director-General since October 1st, 2008.
Mr Tang currently is the Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS). He has also served as Chair of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for the past two and a half years. Read full post
On this May Day, when we celebrate all workers and their contribution to society, we give our thanks to our colleagues in our health and care services and to other workers in all essential services.
This is an extremely difficult time for musicians but we know that their unions around the world, are working hard to protect them and to ensure that we have a vibrant and fully functioning live music industry when this pandemic is over.
Musicians and their families must not become collateral damage due to this crisis.