EU | Consultation on the European pillar of social rights

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FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI have submitted a joint reply to the European Commission’s consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights (the consultation ended on 31 December 2016).

This contribution (in English), which includes elements of reply drafted by ETUC, also addresses in detail aspects that are specific to our sector, basing itself in particular on work carried out within the scope of the European project on atypical workers which was concluded in September 2016.
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CITES | CoP17 hears the requests of the music community

Alfonso Pollard & Thomas Dayan attending CITES CoP17

Known by its acronym CITES, the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of animals and wild plants does not jeopardise the survival of the species in question.

The 17th conference of parties to CITES (CoP17) was held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October 2016, to adopt the orientations seen as necessary to ensure efficient implementation of the convention’s aims. Over 2,500 people representing party states and NGOs in the private sector and associations met for the occasion in South Africa’s economic capital.
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EAEA-Pearle* joint statement on the role of Culture and the Arts

Joint Pearle EAEA statement 2016-05

FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI (on behalf of the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance – EAEA) and Pearle* have adopted a joint statement aimed at raising awareness where European states, European institutions and political decision-makers are concerned of the need to preserve and enhance public support for the performing arts and culture, at a time when these are being hit by short-sighted budget restriction measures, both where diffusion and artistic education are concerned.

EAEA and Pearle* are asking European decision-makers to break with current logic and do their utmost to preserve what constitutes one of our most valuable collective goods – Culture and the Arts.
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ALERT! Help saving the orchestra of the Flemish Opera!

Flemish Opera Orchestra

The highly esteemed and much appreciated Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Flanders is being threatened to shutdown soon. Such closure would result in a major part of Flemish culture being seriously eroded if not completely eradicated.

How is this possible? It is a direct consequence of political machinations. An external report was ordered by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz. The report was eventually compiled by one, Koen Vandyck.

This damaging report seems to imply the absorption of the Flemish Opera Orchestra into the Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp.
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France | The profession of performer undermined by the government

Assemblée Nationale

Indignation among professional performing artists after the adoption at second reading of the “Creation” bill presented by the French government which makes provision for all companies in the entertainment business, whether subsidised or not, to be able to resort to using unpaid artists.

Under the guise of fostering amateur practices, the French government is organising the legalisation of negating the trade of performer, by suggesting that the work of a musician or actor does not need to be remunerated.

This is a historic regression, in a country which has the reputation for treating its artists worthily.
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Uruguay | International support for the SODRE Symphony Orchestra

OSSODRE

The SODRE Symphony Orchestra is Uruguay’s national orchestra. Founded in 1931, it is Latin America’s oldest orchestra. A bastion of national culture, it has also become an essential benchmark for the whole of the Latin American region. It has been directed by celebrities such as Erich Kleiber, Ottorino Respighi or Igor Stravinsky, to mention just the most iconic.

Unfortunately, political leaders have set out on a path to gradually eliminate permanent positions in favour of precarious ones with short-term contracts. Currently, the orchestra has only 52 positions left for stable jobs, 47 positions being covered by precarious ones.
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Financial crisis at the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra

The IMU (Israeli Musicians’ Union) is deeply involved in the ongoing negotiations between the Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestra’s management and the 80 musicians who are employed under a collective agreement and represented by the Union. The orchestra carries a heavy deficit and as government and city support, though not curtailed, are not going to grow, the management has put on the table a drastic cut in the planned 2016 budget.

The musicians are asked to agree to a 10% cut in their salaries.
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Petition to support the National Orchestra of Belgium

Orchestre National de Belgique

“As the result of politics, our National Orchestra is threatened with extinction in the near future. In fact, a scheme from Minister Reynders cabinet aims at the absorption of the National Orchestra of Belgium by the Royal Opera Theatre “La Monnaie” to strengthen its programming.

We feel however, that backed by a long tradition of nearly eighty years, the NOB fulfils its cultural mission very well, both by the seventy-some concerts it performs each year and by its cultural radiance abroad as a much appreciated guest orchestra on the international scene.
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