Fair Trade Music launches certification initiative for an ethical music economy

Fair Trade Music International is an independent not-for-profit organization launched by thousands of music creators from around the world. We have developed Fair Trade Music Certification in order to draw attention to and reward equitable music business practices and help bring about an ethical, sustainable and transparent music economy.

In addition to being fair for all parties from creators to consumers, FTM encourages a music ecosystem that gives artists, songwriters and composers the chance to make a living, so they can dedicate their lives to making great new music for all to enjoy. Our key objects are:

  1. Recognize and reward “fair” behaviour in the music ecosystem by means of an independent, music creator guided certification process
  2. Increase public awareness of who pays and who plays “fair”, and which music distributors and companies are working with music creators to establish an equitable music value chain for all.
  3. Define the concept of what is “fair” to all parties in the music value chain in consultation with all music rights holders and stakeholders.

We do not believe it is necessary for one party to lose in order for the other to win. In each case we are focused on finding a sustainable solution that works for all rights holders and stakeholders and that stimulates rather than discourages the emergence of new artists and music. We are not anti-technology. Digital distribution and streaming helps music creators to reach a wider audience than ever before, and has our support. However, we reject the notion that new technologies can only be achieved at the expense of the livelihoods of those of us who actually create the music.

Visit the website to learn more about Fair Trade Music International.

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