International Federation of Musicians (FIM)
The International Federation of Musicians (Federation Internationale des Musiciens – FIM) is a relevant, non-negligible music non-governmental organization representing the “voice of musicians worldwide” with millions of musicians globally. FIM is the only global music body representing musicians and their trade unions globally with members in over 60 countries.
The FIM, founded in 1948, is globally-recognized and has a permanent relationship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is recognised and consulted by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and the European Parliament. It enables it to participate in crucial negotiations on the protection of performers where it can make the voice of musicians heard. The FIM is also member of the International Music Council (IMC), whose membership represents over 200 million music constituents. FIM also collaborates with all national and international organisations representing workers in the media field. Activities include the creation of the International Arts and Entertainment Alliance (IAEA) with the International Federation of Actors (FIA) and UNI-Media and Entertainment International (UNI-MEI). IAEA is a member of the Council of Global Unions (CGU) which represents over 200 million members globally. Furthermore, the FIM works closely with collecting societies administering performers’ rights.
The FIM has created three regional groups, for Africa (FIM-AF, the FIM African Committee), for Latin America (GLM, Grupo Latino-americano de Músicos) and for Europe (the FIM European group). The Federation’s main objective is to protect and further the economic, social and artistic interests of musicians with documented activities, such as:
- Furtherance of the organisation of musicians in all countries,
- Federation of unions of musicians throughout the world, furtherance and strengthening of international collaboration,
- Promoting of national and international protective legislative (or other) initiatives in the interests of musicians,
- Making of agreements with other international organizations in the interests of member unions and of the profession,
- Obtaining and compilation of statistical and other information referring to the music profession and provision of such information to member unions,
- Moral and material support of member unions in the interests of the profession and in accordance with the objects of FIM,
- Furtherance of all appropriate efforts to make good music a common property of all people,
- Holding of international congresses and conferences
Letter of Support: http://music.us/letters/FIM.pdf