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. Read full post
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. Read full post
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. Read full post
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). Read full post
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. Read full post
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. Read full post
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. Read full post
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. Read full post