Artsfex | Artistic freedom of expression

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The international summit on the freedom of artistic and creative expression (ARTSFEX) was held in Copenhagen, Denmark from the 9 to 11 December 2011. Its final resolution recommends a new initiative aimed particularly at protecting artists from the far too numerous attacks on freedom to which they are regularly subjected. An international process for monitoring and analyzing acts of censorship and persecution of artists is also in the pipeline.
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France | Payroll umbrella companies and showbusiness entrepreneurs’ licenses

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In France, where any artist who is recruited is considered as being a wage-earner, except if he/she acts in a capacity of self-employment, certain specialized enterprises propose relieving showbusiness producers of all “administrative constraints” by taking on the role of employer with regards to artists and/or technicians. They are known as “payroll umbrella companies”.

Since 2008, a national interprofessional agreement has bound umbrella company activities which up to then had been comparable to illegal labour hire. Thus, the umbrella company which, from an administrative point of view, is the artist’s employer, must be exclusively dedicated to umbrella company activities, which is not compatible with the activity of a showbusiness producer for which, in addition, holding a showbusiness entrepreneur license is mandatory.
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Europe | Audio‑visual sector adopts a framework of action on gender equality

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During a plenary session held in Brussels on the 27 October 2011, the European sectorial social dialogue committee for the Audiovisual field has just formally adopted a framework of action on gender equality, representing a successful outcome to two years of negotiation between social partners.

The agreement aims to improve the situation in the sector in the following areas:
– Gender representation
– Gender role at work
– Wage equality
– Decision-making equality
– Balance between career and home

Drawn up by representatives of several employer and worker organisations, the framework of action takes the diversity of social partners into account.
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Union training workshop in Ouagadougou

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FIM organised a national union training workshop in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from the 7 to 10 September 2011, within the framework of its African programme for union training and with the backing of Swedish unions SMF and LO-TCO.

The workshop attracted 25 union members from all countries, the majority of whom under 40, addressed in-depth the most fundamental issues of the life of a union and a professional musician in a country where music is considered by the public more as entertainment than as a real industry generating jobs and revenue.
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50th anniversary of the Rome Convention (Budapest, Oct. 19-20, 2011)

All international performers’ organisations were represented during the conference organised in Budapest on the 19 and 20 October 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rome Convention (FIM, FIA, AEPO-ARTIS, SCAPR, FILAIE, LATIN ARTIS), which IFPI also attended. The organisation of the event by its Hungarian hosts was of remarkable quality.

FIM, main co-organiser alongside EJI (Hungarian performers’ collecting society) and the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office (HIPO) welcomed numerous speakers, including in particular Mr Trevor Clarke (Assistant Director General of WIPO), Mr Kari Tapiola (Special advisor to ILO Director General), Mrs Maria Martin-Prat (Head of the European Commission’s Copyright Unit), Dr Miklós Bendzsel (President of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office), Dr Mihály Ficsor (President of the Hungarian Council of Copyright Experts) and Mrs Silke Von Lewinski (Head of Department — Max Planck Institute).
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FIM demands an end to re-auditioning in orchestras

FIM’s specialized working group on orchestras has drawn up a recommendation aimed at providing a strict framework to auditioning in symphony orchestras. The document, which has been approved by FIM’s Executive Committee, denounces the illegitimate and often illegal use of auditions outside the scope of the performer’s initial recruitment.

Throughout the whole of the first half of 2011, the music world echoed to the conflict between musicians of the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra (OSB) and musical director, Roberto Minczuk. The latter wanted to put all OSB musicians through an audition, to determine who would be selected to continue with their work in the orchestra whose profile he wanted to change, suddenly and arbitrarily.
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8th summit of Asia-Pacific region orchestras

Report by John Smith, FIM President. Last September I was honoured to accept an invitation to address the annual summit of the AAPRO, in Moscow. The summit was hosted by the Moscow Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic” and I am grateful to the orchestra’s CEO Mrs Gayane Shiladzhyan and the organising committee led by its Chair Mrs Guo Shan from the China Symphony Development Foundation, for their kind hospitality. The summit was attended by representatives of orchestra managements from across the Asia Pacific region including China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and of course Russia.
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The Council of Global Unions (CGU) issues a reminder to the G20

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Global Union Federations (GUF), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC-OECD) have issued a declaration aimed at reminding members of the G20 of their Pittsburgh commitments in September 2009, in particular that of “placing quality jobs at the core of the recovery”.

This declaration also commits the G20 to take full account of the conclusions of the meeting of G20 employment ministers in Paris, which make provisions for setting up a social protection base backed by suitable financing according to levels of development.
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