Africa | Union reshaping underway in Zimbabwe?

FIM workshop Zimbabwe

With the TUMAI union, FIM organised a union training workshop in Harare (Zimbabwe) from 21 to 24 September 2016, with the support of Union To Union. Two local musicians’ unions took part: TUMAI (recently a FIM member once more) and ZIMU (created in 2014).

Unfortunately, TUMAI has had to come to terms with the sudden demise of its General Secretary, George Emmanuel, who was actively engaged in preparing this meeting.

The workshop focused on union organisation and action. The current backdrop is particularly difficult:
• artists are not backed by public authorities
• related rights in copyright are not enshrined in law
• levies due by broadcasters are not paid or are paid at a ridiculously low rate
• the level of piracy is such that the country’s largest record company, Gramma, cannot sell off its CDs even at the price of $1, since pirates are flooding the market with compilations at 50 cents!
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Copyright | Disappointment for performers after the European Commission’s proposal

Commissioner Oettinger

On Thursday 14 September 2016, the European Commission issued its proposed directive on copyright in the Single Digital Market. This communication was on the same day that President Juncker was making his 2016 State of the Union Address.

Declarations made on this occasion by Commission representatives are not lacking in ambition, or even emphasis. Thus, we like to hear Jean-Claude Juncker when he states: “Artists and creators are own crown jewels. The creation of content is not a hobby. It is a profession.
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Instruments on planes | Rating of airlines

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Air company policies where transporting musical instruments is concerned are often unfavourable to musicians. Certain companies, however, welcome musical instruments on board in good conditions. This is particularly the case where US-based companies are concerned which, since 2015, have to respect the new FAA regulation stipulating that any instrument that can be placed in a luggage compartment or under the seat in front of the passenger must be accepted on board.

These criteria are also those selected in the proposed modified European regulation 2027/97, at the request of FIM (unfortunately, for the time being, this regulation is not backed by the European Council, which is why we are asking you to sign our petition).
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Europe | Atypical work in the arts, entertainment and media sector

Atypical work

On 8 and 9 September 2016, the final conference took place in Brussels of the joint FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and EFJ project focusing on the future of work and atypical working in the arts, entertainment and media sector. It was held in the European Parliament and the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee.

Besides representatives from the four organising federations, the conference welcomed European and national parliamentarians, representatives of the European Commission, the International Labour Office (ILO) and the European Trade Unions Confederation (ETUC) as well as jurists specialized in social law.
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Audiovisual | Study on the European labour market

EU AV study 2016

Commissioned and overseen by social partners of the European audiovisual sectorial social dialogue committee*, this study examines the state of the labour market and trends observed over the past years in ten European Union states (Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom). It is based on analytical and statistical documentary research, as well as interviews carried out over several months.

Study results show that technological changes –particularly the transition to digital- regulatory modifications, new forms of enterprises, the economic crisis and consequent austerity measures have brought about significant changes in the labour market with, at the end of the day, new opportunities, but also fresh difficulties.
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EAEA-Pearle* joint statement on the role of Culture and the Arts

Joint Pearle EAEA statement 2016-05

FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI (on behalf of the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance – EAEA) and Pearle* have adopted a joint statement aimed at raising awareness where European states, European institutions and political decision-makers are concerned of the need to preserve and enhance public support for the performing arts and culture, at a time when these are being hit by short-sighted budget restriction measures, both where diffusion and artistic education are concerned.

EAEA and Pearle* are asking European decision-makers to break with current logic and do their utmost to preserve what constitutes one of our most valuable collective goods – Culture and the Arts.
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India | Risk prevention in Bollywood

Stage on fire in Mumbai

On 27-29 June 2016, FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI organised a workshop mainly dedicated to risk prevention in the movie industry in Bollywood, within the scope of their joint project backed by Union to Union.

Participants (technicians, actors and musicians), from the Federation of cinema employees in western India (FWICE) and the Musicians’ Federation of India (MFI), described the environment as tense. On the one hand, accidents on film sets are occurring one after the other at an alarming rate.
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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)

Resolutions

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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