Magazine article International Musician

FIM Congress Endorses "No Collection without Distribution"

Magazine article International Musician

FIM Congress Endorses "No Collection without Distribution"

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20th International Federation of Musicians (FIM) Congress was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 3-5. I was fortunate to be able to attend, along with AFM President Ray Hair, Secretary-Treasurer Sam Folio, and Executive Board members Tino Gagliardi of Local 802 (New York City) and Vince Trombetta of Local 47 (Los Angeles, CA).

While it is always prudent to attend and participate in an event where representatives come from all corners of the world, this one was particularly important The AFM, specifically President Ray Hair, had submitted a controversial motion to the FIM executive to be placed on the agenda. Without the preamble, it asked that the member countries pass a resolution to adopt the principle of "no collection without distribution." It has been Hair's initiative to reach out to the collective management organizations (CMO) of offending countries and enter into reciprocal agreements to ensure that the levy collected on music content, which emanates from the US and Canada, is paid to the musicians that created it.

An amendment was submitted by SNAM, the musicians' union in France, which was unacceptable to the AFM, since it evaded the basic principles. After considerable sidebar negotiations, and an extremely eloquent delivery by Hair, some slight language rephrasing resulted in the passing of AFM's substitute motion 33, which read as follows:

"[FIM] Congress endorses the principle of no collection without distribution (NCWD) in the collective administration of performers' rights. No collecting society in any state should collect remuneration in respect of performances of citizens of another state unless distribution is made to those citizens. It is understood that implementation of this principle in certain territories may require legislative changes to create the reciprocity embodied in the text and spirit of the Rome Convention and the WPPT. …

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