International Federation of Musicians

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The International Federation of Musicians is the only NGO representing musicians' trade unions, guilds and professional associations at global level, with member organisations in about 60 countries.

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Petitioning Council of the European Union

Instrumentos en aviones: ¡para que el Consejo Europeo siga los pasos del Parlamento!

[English version] [Version française] [Deutsche Version] ¿Creías que la Unión Europea trataba correctamente a los músicos que viajan en avión con sus instrumentos? ¡Te equivocas! He aquí el porqué: Hace dos años, el 5 de febrero de 2014, el Parlamento Europeo aprobó un texto por el que se revisaba el Reglamento Comunitario 2027/97 relativo a la responsabilidad de las compañías aéreas respecto al transporte aéreo de los pasajeros y su equipaje. Este reglamento revisado, que se aprobó por una abrumadora mayoría de 580 votos a favor (41 en contra y 48 abstenciones), incluye disposiciones encaminadas a facilitar el transporte de instrumentos musicales a bordo de los aviones como equipaje de mano. No obstante, el texto no se convertirá en legislación europea hasta ser aprobado en exactamente los mismos términos por el Parlamento Europeo Y el Consejo Europeo. Lamentablemente, hasta ahora, la poca atención que le ha consagrado el Consejo Europeo a esta cuestión sólo ha dado pie a la propuesta de que se elimine el artículo 6e, que es, precisamente, el apartado que reconoce el derecho de los músicos a recibir un trato correcto por parte de las aerolíneas. El problema es que las aerolíneas aplican políticas muy distintas y que, además, no suelen destacar por su amabilidad para con los músicosEl razonamiento que esgrime el Consejo es que “cada aerolínea debería poder decidir su política en esta materia”. El problema es que las aerolíneas aplican políticas muy distintas y que, además, no suelen destacar por su amabilidad para con los músicos. El 6 de marzo de 2015, entraron en vigor en Estados Unidos las nuevas normas administrativas para los instrumentos musicales, de conformidad con lo estipulado en la Ley de Modernización y Reforma de la FAA de 2012 (sección 403). Estas normas crean un marco justo, que va en la misma línea que el artículo 6e que quiere suprimir el Consejo Europeo. Consideramos que la Unión Europea debería hacer gala de la misma ecuanimidad hacia los músicos que EE.UU. en este tema crucial. En pos de este objetivo, hacemos un llamamiento para que la comunidad musical internacional organice de nuevo una movilización a gran escala y pida al Consejo Europeo que mantenga intacto el artículo 6e del reglamento revisado 2027/97, es decir, manteniendo la redacción que se aprobó en el Parlamento Europeo. ¡Los músicos, allá donde trabajen, merecen un trato justo cuando viajan en avión con sus instrumentos!

International Federation of Musicians
20,654 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union

Musikinstrumente in Flugzeugen: wir fordern, dass der EU-Rat dem Parlament Folge

[English version] [Version française] [Versión española] Es ist doch davon auszugehen, dass Musiker/innen, die mit ihren Instrumenten mit dem Flugzeug unterwegs sind, von der Europäischen Union anständig behandelt werden, oder? - Nein! Warum, kann hier nachgelesen werden: Vor zwei Jahren, nämlich am 5. Februar 2014, verabschiedete das Europäische Parlament die überarbeitete Vorlage der Gemeinschaftlichen Verordnung (EG) 2027/97 über die Haftung von Luftfahrtunternehmen bei der Beförderung von Fluggästen und deren Gepäck im Luftverkehr. Diese abgeänderte Verordnung, die mit einer überwältigenden Mehrheit von 580 Ja-Stimmen (41 Gegenstimmen, 48 Enthaltungen) verabschiedet wurde, umfasst Bestimmungen, womit Musikinstrumente einfacher als Kabinengepäck im Flugzeug mitgeführt werden können. Allerdings wird dieser Text erst dann verbindliches EU-Recht, wenn er mit den genau gleichen Bedingungen sowohl vom Europäischen Parlament als AUCH vom Europäischen Rat verabschiedet worden ist. Leider hat die eingeschränkte Aufmerksamkeit von Seiten des Europäischen Rates in dieser Angelegenheit bisher dazu geführt, dass es nur den Vorschlag gab, Artikel 6e zu streichen, welches genau der Absatz ist, in dem das Recht der Musiker/innen auf anständige Behandlung durch die Luftfahrtunternehmen zuerkannt wird. Die Begründung des Rates lautet, dass es „jedem Luftfahrtunternehmen überlassen sein sollte, seine eigenen Grundsätze in dieser Angelegenheit festzulegen.“ Problematisch ist hierbei allerdings, dass die Fluggesellschaften sehr unterschiedliche Grundsätze praktizieren, die es im Allgemeinen mit Musikern/innen nicht gut meinen. Am 6. März 2015 wurden in den USA neue verwaltungstechnische Bestimmungen für Musikinstrumente, wie in der Bestimmung der Luftfahrtbehörde FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (section 403) gefordert, eingeführt. Diese Bestimunngen geben gerechte Rahmenbedingungen vor, ähnlich wie in Artikel 6e, welchen der Europäische Rat streichen möchte. Wir sind der Meinung, dass die Europäische Union sich genauso fair gegenüber Musikern/innen wie die USA bei diesem Thema verhalten sollte. Deshalb rufen wir zu einer erneuten und massiven Mobilisierung der globalen Musikgemeinde auf und bitten den Europäischen Rat darum sicherzustellen, dass Artikel 6e der überarbeiteten Verordnung 2027/9, mit der verabschiedeten Formulierung durch das EU-Parlament, unberührt bleibt. Alle Musiker/innen verdienen es, anständig behandelt zu werden, wenn sie mit ihren Instrumenten mit dem Flugzeug unterwegs sind, egal, wo sie tätig sind!

International Federation of Musicians
20,654 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union

Instruments à bord des avions: demandons au Conseil européen de suivre le Parlement !

[English version] [Deutsche Version] [Versión española] Vous pensiez que l’Union européenne traitait décemment les musiciens voyageant par avion avec leurs instruments ? Vous aviez tort ! Voici pourquoi : Il y a deux ans, le 5 février 2014, le Parlement Européen adoptait en première lecture un texte révisant le Règlement Communautaire 2027/97 sur la responsabilité des transporteurs aériens au regard du transport aérien des passagers et de leurs bagages. Ce règlement révisé, adopté à une écrasante majorité (580 voix pour, 41 contre, 48 abstentions), comporte des dispositions visant à faciliter le transport des instruments de musique à bord en tant que bagage à main. Néanmoins, ce texte ne deviendra applicable qu’une fois adopté exactement dans les mêmes termes par le Parlement européen ET le Conseil européen. Malheureusement, le peu d'attention que le Conseil européen a jusqu'à présent prêté à cette question l'a seulement conduit à proposer de retirer l’article 6e, c'est à dire très exactement la section reconnaissant aux musiciens le droit d'être traités décemment par les compagnies aériennes. Le raisonnement du Conseil est que « chaque transporteur aérien devrait être laissé libre d’établir sa propre politique en la matière. » Le problème est que les compagnies pratiquent toutes des politiques différentes et généralement défavorables aux musiciens. Le 6 mars 2015, une nouvelle réglementation concernant le transport des instruments de musique est entrée en vigueur aux Etats-Unis, en application de la loi de Modernisation et de Réforme de la FAA de 2012. Cette réglementation établit un cadre équitable, en harmonie avec les dispositions contenues dans l’article 6e que le Conseil Européen entend supprimer. Il n’y a aucune raison pour que l’Union Européenne se montre moins juste que les États-Unis envers les musiciens, surtout sur une question aussi essentielle pour la profession. C’est pourquoi nous appelons à une nouvelle mobilisation massive de la communauté musicale internationale, afin d’engager le Conseil Européen à maintenir l’article 6e du règlement révisé 2027/97, dans les termes adoptés par le Parlement européen et sans aucune altération. Les Musiciens, d’où qu’ils viennent et quel que soit le lieu où ils exercent leur métier, méritent un traitement équitable lorsqu’ils voyagent par avion avec leurs instruments!

International Federation of Musicians
20,654 supporters
Petitioning Council of the European Union

Instruments on planes: Musicians call on the EU Council to follow the EU Parliament!

[Version française] [Deutsche Version] [Versión española] You thought that the EU was fair to musicians traveling on planes with their instruments? Wrong! Here’s why. Two years ago, on Feb. 5th, 2014, the European Parliament adopted the text reviewing community regulation 2027/97 on air carrier liability in respect of the carriage of passengers and their baggage by air. This revised regulation, adopted with an overwhelming majority of 580 votes in favour (41 against, 48 abstentions), includes provisions aimed to facilitate the transport of musical instruments on board planes as hand luggage. The text will only become EU law once it is adopted in the exact same terms by the European Council and the European parliament. Unfortunately, the limited attention that the European Council has paid to this matter so far has only resulted in the proposal to remove article 6e, which is precisely the section that recognises the right of musicians to be treated decently by airline companies. The reasoning of the Council is that “it should be left to each air carrier to establish its own policy on the matter”. The problem is that airlines operate vastly differing policies which are generally unfriendly to musicians. On March 6, 2015, new administrative rules for musical instruments went into effect in the US, as required by the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. These rules establish a fair framework, along the very same lines as the article 6e that the European Council wants to delete. We believe that the European Union should be as fair to musicians as the US on this crucial issue. To this end, we call for a new and massive mobilization of the global music community, asking the European Council to ensure article 6e of revised regulation 2027/97 remains intact, in the wording adopted by the EU Parliament. Musicians, wherever they work, deserve a fair treatment when they travel by air with their instrument!

International Federation of Musicians
20,654 supporters
Victory
Petitioning DG Mobility and Transport of the European Commission

Fair treatment for musicians traveling on planes with their instruments

Musicians can’t work if they can’t travel! Musicians who travel on planes for professional purposes are confronted with huge difficulties when it comes to being allowed to carry their instrument on board as cabin luggage, even when they have paid an extra-seat. For a professional musician, not being allowed to travel with his/her instrument in safe conditions means losing a job. This is a concern not just for EU performers but also for all non-EU performers flying from a EU airport or traveling from abroad with a EU-based airline. There is this year a unique opportunity to amend EU regulation 261/2004 on air passenger rights and redress this acute problem. Why you should sign and share this petition Only a broad mobilization will convince European Commissioner Siim Kallas to address this issue within the review of regulation 261/2004. Such mobilization will help him resist the lobbying of enormously powerful airline companies. What musicians report about this issue Watch Dave Caroll's video "United breaks guitars": http://youtu.be/5YGc4zOqozo Watch Liu Tao's video "Airchina broke my guitar": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osur6neQyOU Read Paul Katz's scary story about his trip from Calgary to LA with WestJet. Although he had bought a second seat for his Andrea Guarneri cello (1669), he was not allowed to keep it in the cabin: http://articles.boston.com/2012-08-20/lifestyle/33281126_1_cello-flight-attendant-westjet “My guitar was allowed on board but I couldn’t take any other piece of personal luggage, not even a small handbag.” “The Easyjet staff at check-in requested me to buy an extra-seat for my instrument just because its case was in aluminum. My colleague whose case was covered with fabric did not have any such problem.” “My viola fits in the overhead lockers but I had to buy an extra-seat anyway.” “I had bought an extra-seat for my cello but was told to put it flat on 3 seats in the same row, then eventually to put it in the overhead lockers. The whole procedure delayed departure by about 30 minutes as 3 passengers and their luggage had to switch places as we were trying the second option.” “I bought an extra-seat when flying Alitalia with my viola da gamba. That extra-seat was charged twice the price!” “I was traveling for a concert with both a lute and guitar. Vueling wouldn’t allow me to buy a second extra-seat for my second instrument.” “I had bought an extra seat for my cello, but was asked by the company to strap it into a bulkhead seat. Unfortunately, none of the passengers sitting in bulkhead seats was willing to switch and I could not keep it in the cabin.” “Booking the extra-seat online was not possible.” “Due to overbooking, the extra-seat I had bought was allocated by Air France to another passenger and I couldn’t keep my instrument with me in the cabin.” “I was allowed to put my instrument on an extra-seat at departure but that was refused for the flight back. I therefore had to take another flight.”  “I was asked by Alitalia to buy 3 extra-seats for my cello, although it easily fits one.” What the petition says 1. Without their own instruments, musicians are unable to perform and properly execute their jobs. Musicians have a very special relationship with their instrument(s). Without their own instruments – the tools of their trade on which they rehearse and perform – musicians are unable to execute their profession. Except in very rare and specific cases, substituting instruments upon arrival at a new destination is simply not an option. 2. Many instruments, even when put in appropriate travel cases (flight-cases), cannot be left in the cargo part of the plane without being subject to a high risk of unrecoverable damage. It is common knowledge that violins and similar instruments can be of immense monetary value. But this is not the sole reason for which they need special care. A musician may spend months or years before he / she finds the adequate instrument. Several hours of daily practice make the relationship between the performer and his / her instrument a symbiotic one. 3. Restrictions applying to the carrying of instruments on planes have become a serious hindrance to the mobility of artists, either because it is impossible to take the instrument on board or because the additional price to pay makes the travel too expensive to be covered by the performer's revenues or small art businesses. 4. There is no industry-wide policy. One of the main problems confronting musicians who travel with their instruments is that there is no consistent policy across the EU applicable to airlines to rely upon. When an individual airline does have a policy, it is often applied inconsistently, which results in great uncertainty as to whether instruments may be carried on board and under which conditions. 5. The update of Regulation (EC) no. 261/2004 on air passenger rights is the appropriate framework for the inclusion of provisions that take proper account of the problems encountered by musicians travelling on planes for professional purposes. The United States’ FAA Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act - SEC. 403 § 41724, adopted by the US Congress on 6 February 2012, gives an example of what could be done at European level. What the US FAA regulation says H.R.658 - FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2011 SEC. 403. MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. (a) In General- Subchapter I of chapter 417 is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘Sec. 41724. Musical instruments ‘(a) In General- ‘(1) SMALL INSTRUMENTS AS CARRY-ON BAGGAGE- An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a (B) information provided to correct a condition that compromises safety, if that condition continues uncorrected; or (C) information provided to carry out a criminal investigation or prosecution. violin, guitar, or other musical instrument in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to any standard fee that carrier may require for comparable carry-on baggage, if-- ‘(A) the instrument can be stowed safely in a suitable baggage compartment in the aircraft cabin or under a passenger seat, in accordance with the requirements for carriage of carry-on baggage or cargo established by the Administrator; and ‘(B) there is space for such stowage at the time the passenger boards the aircraft. ‘(2) LARGER INSTRUMENTS AS CARRY-ON BAGGAGE- An air carrier providing air transportation shall permit a passenger to carry a musical instrument that is too large to meet the requirements of paragraph (1) in the aircraft cabin, without charging the passenger a fee in addition to the cost of the additional ticket described in subparagraph (E), if-- ‘(A) the instrument is contained in a case or covered so as to avoid injury to other passengers; ‘(B) the weight of the instrument, including the case or covering, does not exceed 165 pounds or the applicable weight restrictions for the aircraft; ‘(C) the instrument can be stowed in accordance with the requirements for carriage of carry-on baggage or cargo established by the Administrator; ‘(D) neither the instrument nor the case contains any object not otherwise permitted to be carried in an aircraft cabin because of a law or regulation of the United States; and ‘(E) the passenger wishing to carry the instrument in the aircraft cabin has purchased an additional seat to accommodate the instrument. ‘(3) LARGE INSTRUMENTS AS CHECKED BAGGAGE- An air carrier shall transport as baggage a musical instrument that is the property of a passenger traveling in air transportation that may not be carried in the aircraft cabin if-- ‘(A) the sum of the length, width, and height measured in inches of the outside linear dimensions of the instrument (including the case) does not exceed 150 inches or the applicable size restrictions for the aircraft; ‘(B) the weight of the instrument does not exceed 165 pounds or the applicable weight restrictions for the aircraft; and ‘(C) the instrument can be stowed in accordance with the requirements for carriage of carry-on baggage or cargo established by the Administrator. ‘(b) Regulations- Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall issue final regulations to carry out subsection (a). ‘(c) Effective Date- The requirements of this section shall become effective on the date of issuance of the final regulations under subsection (b).’. (b) Conforming Amendment- The analysis for such subchapter is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘41724. Musical instruments.’.

International Federation of Musicians
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