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Fair Trade Music stands for a fair, transparent and ethical value chain for songwriters, composers, artists and all music rights holders and stakeholders.
• Those of us who support Fair Trade Music (FTM) believe all who inhabit the music landscape – from creators to consumers, and all those in between – must adopt simple, ethical practices that ensure all parties in the music value chain, including songwriters, composers and artists are fairly compensated for the use of their work.
• Given the inability of copyright legislation and regulation to keep up with rapid change in the digital era, music creators must also adopt non-governmental approaches in pursuit of a sustainable environment and fair remuneration for the use of their work.
• Currently, over 25,000 music creators from Europe, Africa, Latin, and South America, and North America have endorsed the Fair Trade Music initiative that is inspired by the Fair Trade Coffee movement.
• The success of the “Fair Trade Coffee” movement has demonstrated consumers’ willingness to make ethical choices when given a simple, understandable option to do so. In the case of coffee, this choice takes place at the point of purchase. Each consumer can choose to be the last link in a “virtuous” value chain by picking a coffee clearly marked “Fair Trade”, or choose a similar product that is not certified “Fair Trade”, and thereby become the final link in an exploitive value chain that largely excludes farmers in favour of distributors.
• Fair Trade Music would give consumers the clear choice to be the last link in a “virtuous” music value chain by clearly indicating which digital streaming and other music services operate in a fair, transparent and ethical way.
• A Fair Trade Music certification body is envisioned that would determine who qualifies as FTM compliant.
to read The Study Concerning Fair Compensation for Music Creators in the Digital Age
, endorsed by thousands of songwriters around the world in Nashville during the CIAM Congress, October 2014.