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IAEA recommendations re. the management of the Covid-​19 crisis

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The speed with which the covid-​19 pan­dem­ic has spread across the world has led many gov­ern­ments to place excep­tion­al con­straints on their pop­u­la­tions, to try and lim­it its propagation.

The ini­tial mea­sures aimed pri­mar­i­ly at lim­it­ing large gath­er­ings, includ­ing con­certs, shows and oth­er cul­tur­al events. Shortly after, venues receiv­ing the gen­er­al pub­lic were closed. These mea­sures caused an imme­di­ate col­lapse of income in the Arts and Entertainment sec­tor. Having been pro­found­ly impact­ed from the out­set of this his­toric cri­sis, the whole of the sec­tor is now at a stand­still.
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Covid-​19 | Response of musicians’ unions

Last updat­ed: 30 April 2020

You will find here­after nation­al reports by musi­cians’ unions on the sit­u­a­tion in their respec­tive coun­tries re. the Covid-​19 cri­sis, its con­se­quences on the music sec­tor and the response that they have devel­oped in sup­port of musi­cians whose jobs and rev­enues are impact­ed by this crisis.

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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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Senegal | AMS is changing everything for the music sector

Senegal workshop (May 2018)

In keep­ing with the meet­ing held in March 2017, FIM and AMS organ­ised a new work­shop in Dakar from 14 to 16 May 2018, with­in the scope of the region­al pro­gramme for union train­ing backed by Swedish con­fed­er­a­tion Union to Union. On this occa­sion, vis­its to the Ministry of Labour, employ­ers and ILO helped define a coher­ent strat­e­gy towards con­clud­ing col­lec­tive agree­ments and mak­ing head­way along gen­der equal­i­ty lines.

The work­shop, which opened with a speech from the Minister of Culture, was also attend­ed by a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from UNESCO’s Dakar Office and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from ILO-​ACTRAV.
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France | CGT reacts to Labour reform

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On 31 August, the French gov­ern­ment final­ly pub­lished decrees which alter labour law, for the sec­ond time in lit­tle over a year. Fewer rights for work­ers, more pow­er for employ­ers: that is, in a nut­shell, the con­tents of this new law.

This fur­ther social retrench­ment goes much fur­ther than the pre­vi­ous reform (so-​called “El-​Khomri Law”), although the El-​Khomri Law was explic­it­ly con­demned by the United Nations as con­trary to France’s inter­na­tion­al Commitments1 and against which a com­plaint has been lodged with the International Labour Organisation2.
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EU | Consultation on a 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.

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


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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