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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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Ivory Coast | SAMCI rounds off its training cycle

SAMCI workshop attendance

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.

SAMCI has made sev­er­al changes over the past year.
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EU/​UNESCO Expert Facility on Governance of Culture

UNESCO/UE expert facility

On the occa­sion of the 7th Conference of the par­ties and the Forum of organ­i­sa­tions of civ­il soci­ety of the 2005 Convention (Paris, 4 – 7 June 2019), the UNESCO Secretariat and the Ambassador of the European Union to UNESCO pre­sent­ed the EU/​UNESCO Expert Facility for enhanc­ing sys­tems of gov­er­nance of cul­ture in devel­op­ing coun­tries.

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.
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EU | Conclusion of the “Creative Skills Europe” project

Creative Skills Euorpe logourope

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.
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Senegal | AMS engaged in structuring the music sector

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.
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Members of Korea’s National Opera Choir must be reinstated!

Korea National Opera Choir members protest

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.
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EU | The directive on copyright adopted by the Parliament

Votes count for copyright directive

Adopted on 26 March 2019, the direc­tive on copy­right in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket opens up the way for a fair remu­ner­a­tion of performers.

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.
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