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
FIM and the Musicians’ Union of the Ivory Coast (SAMCI) organised a third national workshop in Abidjan from 17 to 20 June 2019, within the scope of a 3‑year union training cycle backed by Union to Union. Opened and closed by “diva” Aicha Koné, the workshop was divided up into three parts: 1. Internal organisation; 2. Intellectual property rights and collective management; 3. Gender equality, in partnership with LeadAfricaines, a specialized Abidjan-based NGO.
Initiated in 2010 and financed by the European Union, this mechanism has a dual aim: – Strengthen skills and capacities for implementing the convention, by creating an expert facility in the fields covered by the convention: cultural industries, policies and measures for artists, cultural industries and cultural goods and services. Read full post
The European Creative Skills Europe project, which was carried out between 2017 and 2019 with backing from the European Commission, has now been concluded. Various thematic workshops on Education and Training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sectors issued five documents dedicated to the following issues: — A Step Ahead – Training for Innovation; — A Safe Bet – Training and Workforce Development; — It is a New World – Training in and for the Digital Era; — Joining Forces – Funding our Training Needs; — Fruitful Co-operations – Access to Training through Social Dialogue. Read full post
For the third year running, FIM and AMS organised a skills empowerment workshop, from 26 to 29 March 2019 in Dakar, within the scope of the training programme backed by Swedish confederation Union to Union.
Representatives from FIM and SNAM (France) played the role of facilitators. After three days of group workshops, a meeting with ACTRAV and UNESCO was held on the morning of the 29th to study the possibility of being supported in collective agreements. Finally, a meeting took place with the General Secretary of the Confédération Syndicale Autonome du Sénégal (CSA) with a view to future cooperation with AMS. Read full post
Korea’s National Opera Choir was dismantled in 2009 by decision of the conservative government of Lee Myung-Bak, a decision whose arbitrary and unjustified nature has since been brought to light.
Ten years after the event, certain choir members are still fighting to be reinstated, but are coming up against reticences from the administration which carried out their dismissal in 2009 and today fears having to recognize its past errors.
Korea’s National Opera Choir was founded in 2002 to provide the institution with a choir to match its reputation and ambitions. Read full post
With its partners from the Fair Internet coalition, FIM has been working relentlessly and continuously for four years now to promote performers’ interests with members of the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council.
Our priority aim was to introduce a remuneration mechanism enabling all performers to receive a fair share of the revenue generated online by the exploitation of their recordings, including after the transfer of their exclusive rights. Read full post