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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.

Click Here 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.