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H&S | Update on WHO “Make Listening Safe” initiative

MOS meeting (Geneva, Feb. 2020)

FIM took part in a new con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing joint­ly organ­ised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) with­in the Make Listening Safe ini­tia­tive. Underway for some years now, this ini­tia­tive is pur­su­ing the fol­low­ing three aims:
 — Drawing up and imple­ment­ing a world WHO-​ITU stan­dard aimed at reduc­ing risks linked to the use of music lis­ten­ing devices (audio play­ers and smart­phones);
 — Undertaking a cam­paign aimed at the gen­er­al pub­lic to mod­i­fy pat­terns of lis­ten­ing behav­iour;
 — Developing a reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work for con­trol­ling recre­ation­al sound expo­sure.
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EU | Unionisation and collective bargaining for freelancers

Dublin conference on freelance workers

In Dublin, on 11 and 12 February 2020, FIM, FIA, UNI-​MEI and EFJ –with the sup­port of SIPTU– organ­ised the final con­fer­ence of the European project on union­i­sa­tion and col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing for free­lance work­ers in the enter­tain­ment and media sec­tors.

Opened by a speech from Patricia King, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), the con­fer­ence brought togeth­er over one hun­dred par­tic­i­pants from European Union coun­tries or can­di­dates to acces­sion. The debates includ­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives from unions, the European Commission, the OECD, ILO, ETUC and gov­ern­ments, as well as uni­ver­si­ty aca­d­e­mics, researchers and lawyers spe­cial­is­ing in labour law.
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Egypt | Freedom of expression undermined once again

Mahraganat concert

President of the Egyptian Musicians’ Union Hany Shaker has once more made the head­lines by depriv­ing sev­er­al of his mem­bers of the right to per­form their art, judged to be incom­pat­i­ble with pub­lic morals.

In 2016, the same Shaker had already exclud­ed six women musi­cians accused of wear­ing inde­cent cloth­ing and per­form­ing las­civ­i­ous pos­es dur­ing their stage per­for­mances. This time, it is a style of music which has come under fire, a style that is increas­ing­ly pop­u­lar in the coun­try: the mahra­ganat, an elec­tric folk music which, to begin with, orig­i­nat­ed in the poor­est dis­tricts.
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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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Malawi | A new course for the Musicians’ Union of Malawi (MUM)

From the 15 to 18 October 2019, MUM, SMF and FIM organ­ised a work­shop in Lilongwe, with­in the scope of a union empow­er­ment pro­gramme which FIM and SMF are car­ry­ing out in Malawi with the back­ing of Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union. Aimed at pur­su­ing the activ­i­ties engaged in line with the res­o­lu­tions of the December 2018 Congress, this work­shop took place in a dif­fer­ent atmos­phere from what had been sched­uled. Recently re-​elected union President, Chimwemwe Mangho chose to step down from his func­tions for per­son­al rea­sons in April 2019.
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EU | “live performance” social dialogue celebrates its 20th year

Dave Webster, BMU (UK)

The European sec­toral social dia­logue com­mit­tee of the live per­for­mance sec­tor is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th anniver­sary in 2019. Pearle* invit­ed EAEA and the European Commission to cel­e­brate the occa­sion in Brussels’ Kai Theater on 9 October 2019, the day before the last meet­ing of the year.

The three union fed­er­a­tions and Pearle* (the four mem­bers of the com­mit­tee), as well as the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee remind­ed par­tic­i­pants of the work com­plet­ed since 1995 – the year of the first con­tacts between FISTEL and FISTAV (ances­tors of MEI), on the one hand, and Pearle* on the oth­er.
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Naomi Pohl (UK) elected to IMC’s Executive Board

Naomi Pohl photograph

The International Music Council cel­e­brat­ed its sev­en­ti­eth anniver­sary in Paris dur­ing its 38th General Assembly (27−28 September 2019), fol­lowed by the 6th World Forum on Music.

Deputy General Secretary at the British Musicians’ Union (BMU), Naomi Pohl was FIM’s can­di­date for elec­tion to the IMC’s Executive Board. She was one of the per­son­al­i­ties elect­ed, includ­ing President Alfons Karabuda, a Swedish com­pos­er, also President of the European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA).

In the upcom­ing peri­od, IMC intends focus­ing on devel­op­ing activ­i­ties based on the five music rights –which con­sti­tute the main pil­lars of its mis­sion as an NGO– while at the same time being clos­er to the con­cerns of its mem­bers.
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CITES | Musical organisations make their voice heard at CoP18

CITES CoP18 logo Dalbergia, Cedrela, Mammoth Ivory, Musical Instrument Certificate: CITES Member States val­i­date our con­cerns

Initially sched­uled to take place in May 2019 in Colombo (Sri Lanka), the 18th con­fer­ence of par­ties to CITES (CoP18) was final­ly held in Geneva from 16 to 28 August 2019. Member States adopt­ed four deci­sions in line with requests that have been backed for a long time by organ­i­sa­tions rep­re­sent­ing the music sec­tor.

1. Musical instru­ments exempt­ed from the CITES cer­tifi­cate in respect of dal­ber­giae
The joint pro­pos­al of Canada and the EU with regard to Annotation 15 on dal­ber­giae, which made pro­vi­sion for exemp­tion from the CITES cer­tifi­cate for fin­ished musi­cal instru­ments, fin­ished parts and musi­cal instru­ment acces­sories, was adopt­ed by con­sen­sus with­out mod­i­fi­ca­tion.
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