WHAT IS MUSIC?
August 2004 - Non orchestral freelance musicians have no decision making
power within UK industrial organisations.
Neither have they the power to change constitutions, nor the power to
ensure that they are told 100% of the truth about their chosen industry - Over
decades, while orchestras and orchestral freelancers received grants instead of
Air Play monies. Non orchestral freelancers received nothing, nada, nowt,
To quote Ashley
Mason - Orchestral
Chairman of Pamra - The Performing Artists Media Rights Association.
orchestral foot enters his mouth when deliberately failing to recognise industrial apartheid
and when profiting from
would be very interested, as one who does know the state of play with
orchestras in the UK, for you to enlighten me as to your assessment,
or your contacts', as to why you are so critical of orchestral
musicians? Please describe the "pampering"? Having been a
professional orchestral musician for twenty nine years I have been
unaware of such treatment?
regard to "why should it not be good enough for musicians without
much proof of being charted nor air played", as you already know
but do not like, we (The Pamra board) are only in the business of distributing E.R. to
performers with a proven link to their performance being broadcast. We
are, with PPL and the other Performer Forum members, taking steps to
reduce the severity of the "proofs" required for payment.
there has been no discussion of making payments to performers on the
basis that they have at some stage taken part in recording sessions.
This, I believe, would not be legal under current legislation. That is
not to say that at some stage it should not happen, but it is not the
business of Pamra at this point in time. "
not Mr Pamra Chairman, then whose business is it? The Union?
Those trustworthy people who brought us headlines in 1995 for the
misappropriation of a mere £63,000,000 of its members monies? HMGov
Creative music is NOT dots on paper, market forces or retail outlets. It is
the individual musician and both scalecular and rhythmic sound and change.
On the subject of values and an artist's, composer's or improviser's " Right to
participate in cultural life", the "Human Rights and Policies Report "published
by Circle and the Arts Council of Finland / Human Rights and Humanity (1994)
affirms that : "Commitment to respect for the right of everyone without discrimination to
participate in the cultural life of his or her choosing, is not a luxury that can be
marginalised or relegated to government tokenism and minimal expenditure, but form
the very essence of our commitment to a multicultural society".
Moreover, the right to participate in cultural life is not limited to the arts, but
includes all " those aspects of life which give people identity and dignity as human
beings. The denial of the cultural identity of a group,or the right of individuals to
equality of access to the cultural life of their society, undermines both human
development and dignity. "The Report advises that : " Government policies and strategies
should ensure freedom of expression and enjoyment for minorities and disadvantaged groups,
ensure respect for human rights in cultural policies and protect the rights and freedoms of
the artist ~ Governments should research strategies for the development of good practice
It recommends that : " The physical and intellectual integrity of artists
and their works should be protected against actions of
oppressive regimes. "It particularly recommends that areas of neglect should
And, as your case may not be a
"single nation issue" - You may wish to drop a protest to email@example.com
Music is strange stuff. You can't eat, drink, smell, taste nor see music.
But you, and your lawyers, can still end the rip off those who wish to be
rewarded for creating it.
MIHRA UK research has shown that during the Great Expansion of the music Industry.
During which both the US and the UK played by far the major role. Those
individuals and corporate "protection organizations" whom the majority of
creators trusted to police and govern fairly. Have with your government
drawn up vital economic legislation which ignores the thousands of creators
individual claims and complaints. Working far too closely with the
publishers, record companies, ineffective unions, corporate quangos and multi-excuseist anti-democratic conduit organizations to the detriment of
the vast majority of your nations creative artists. Your nations lack of
reasonable legislation should be condemned by you, through your own parliamentarians.
And do send us a copy huh?
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