Dear friends, 


Welcome to our summer edition of the FIA e-newsletter! We begin with a long-awaited initiative on the protection of child performers: following a resolution adopted at the FIA Congress in Toronto in 2012, FIA undertook an internal survey regarding the protection of child performers to gather experience and good practices from across the global membership. Thank you for your meaningful contributions. The new FIA Child Performer Toolkit was designed as a User’s Manual to assist and guide you in your efforts to work effectively on behalf of our most vulnerable members, child performers. We hope you find it useful.


Next up is an article on the status of the ratification of the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances. The “Selfie” campaign initiated by FIA for World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 was a strong and visible success, and we are eager to keep building on this momentum. I would like to thank you for your fantastic contributions and invite you to keep campaigning together for strong intellectual property rights worldwide. Our future depends upon it.


Finally, I want to wish you all a wonderful summer, which will be closely followed by FIA’s 21st Congress. I look forward to that gathering when performers and union activists from around the world will congregate together for four days in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I count on seeing you there in September!


In solidarity,

Ferne Downey, FIA President

Latest News
FIA Child Performer Toolkit

Children have always acted, in productions aimed at children as well as in order to create authenticity in the portrayal of family life in film, television, on stage and in commercials. Whether we like it or not, it does seem clear that our modern society with its myriad media outlets and hunger for content wants to see children performing on stage and screen.

WIPO Beijing Treaty: one new ratification and an ongoing selfie campaign

Concluded in 2012, the WIPO Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual performances (BTAP) is an international treaty acknowledging, for the first time, the intellectual property rights of performers with regard to their audiovisual performances. This month, on July 21st, the Republic of Tunisia ratified the BTAP, becoming the twelfth country to do so. FIA warmly welcomes this new ratification.

WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market

The WIPO conference, held on 20 April 2016, was not meant as a technical forum to discuss IP issues but rather as an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities for the creative sector in the digital environment as well as effective mechanisms sustaining the digital infrastructure. It featured sessions on music, film, broadcasting and publishing, as well as collective management and emerging models and markets.

Report from the EuroFIA Group Meeting in Lisbon

The EuroFIA Group met in Lisbon on the 22nd to the 24th of June 2016. The meeting was kindly hosted by Portuguese union STE and was an opportunity to hear from the union about its current situation and the challenges it faces. The meeting also included a one-day meeting with European Collecting Societies representing Audiovisual Performers on the 22nd of June. .

Report from the Closing Conference of the OIRA project for Live Performance, Athens 15-16 June 2016

The FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI and Pearle* project to further develop and promote Online Interactive Risk Assessment in the Live Performance Sector has come to the end of its final phase. With the invaluable support of the European Agency for Occupational health and Safety, the European Social partners in the Live Performance Sector and their project consultants have published two risk assessment tools.

Final conference of the Creative Skills Europe project: final report available

The final conference of the Creative Skills Europe project took place on Monday 6 June 2016. Delegates and guest speakers gathered in Brussels to share their conclusions and launch the final report on ‘Trends and skills in the European audiovisual and live performance sectors’ at the conference.

Taking a trip down FIA's memory lane

How was the International Federation of Actors born? Where did the organisation stand during the Cold War? Who contributed the most to the growth of the Federation, when and how? These are some of the many questions that the FIA Executive Committee decided to look into at its Paris meeting, in 2014. 

Upcoming Events
Conference: Future of Work in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Sector, 8-9 September 2016 - Register Online!

This is the final event of the joint FIA, FIM, UNI-MEI and EFJ project "Reaching Out to Atypical Workers". It will be an opportunity to take stock of the findings of the project as well as look towards future work in this area. The Project Handbook bringing together the project outcomes will also be launched at the Conference.

FIA 21st Congress – 22-25 September, Sao Paulo, Brazil

FIA 21st Congress will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil. From September 22nd to September 25th 2016, delegates coming from all around the world will gather to bring together the Federation’s most important political body. Hosted by SATED/SP, this congress will focus specifically on Diversity. 

Next FIA-LA and UNI-MEI/ Panartes joint meeting will be held in Montevideo, 6-7 November 2016

Delegates from FIA-LA, the Latin American group of FIA, will gather with UNI-MEI/Panartes delegates in Montevideo, Uruguay for their yearly joint seminar. The event will be hosted by Uruguayan unions from 6 to 7 of November 2016. Regional groups from both federations will meet to discuss issues of common interest and implement projects funded by Union to Union, the Swedish trade union confederation.