It’s time to cut the umbilical cord: Until now the Norwegian Musicians’ Union (MFO) has hosted and sponsored the SafeMUSE project. Since Renée Rasmussen and the MFO board said welcome in the early 2011, the project has been conducted as a MFO project. Next Thursday, 19.12., MFO together with NOPA (the Norwegian Society of Composers and Lyricists) and the City of Harstad will found SafeMUSE - Safe Music Havens Initiative as an independent association – with the purpose..:
“ - to support the universal principles of human rights as they apply to musicians (performing musical artists), composers (musical authors and authors of lyrics to music) and tradition bearers within the field of music (active in the preservation and transmission of traditional music ) – hereinafter called musical artists – and their music, as expressed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations, and strengthen and help establish work possibilities for persecuted musical artists throughout the world through:
a) Protecting persecuted music artists through a scheme of Safe Music Havens and Safe Music Residencies.
b) Coordinating, supporting and assisting members in their work as hosts offering persecuted musical artists a safe place to stay and work for an agreed period of time through an agreement with SafeMUSE (Safe Music Havens or/and Safe Music Residencies) as outlined in the present SafeMUSE Statutes and the Membership Agreement between SafeMUSE and its Hosting Members.
c) Assisting Hosting Members in the facilitation of obtaining legal status that will enable the artist and his/her family to reside for the duration of the agreed SafeMuse guest period (visa, residence permit etc.).
d) Networking and promoting the idea of Safe Music Havens and Safe Music Residencies amongst potential members and others.
e) Promoting of the freedom of artistic expression in general, alone or in cooperation with other relevant actors…” (- from the draft statutes).
As a member association SafeMUSE will be…:
“- open to members offering persecuted musical artists a safe place to stay and work for an agreed period of time through an agreement with SafeMUSE, for guest musical artists taking part in such a program, and for organizations and other professional legal bodies supporting these activities:
a) HOSTING MEMBERS: Cities, municipalities, counties, organizations and other legal bodies/entities responsible for offering persecuted musical artists a safe place to stay and work for an agreed period of time through an agreement with SafeMUSE.
b) GUEST ARTIST MEMBERS: Musical artists taking part as guest artists in Hosting Members’ programs. After the termination of the hosting period the Guest Artist Members are offered an Honorary Artist Membership.
c) PROFESSIONAL MEMBERS: Organizations and other legal bodies/entities cooperating directly, assisting or indirectly supporting Hosting Members and Guest Musical Artists. …” (- from the draft statutes).
The founding meeting next Thursday will elect an interim board with the task to establish the SafeMUSE independent operations, and prepare the first general assembly – preferably in the early summer of 2014. Until then we are open for cooperation on establishing Safe Music Havens and Safe Music Residencies (- with Freemuse as Clearing House), and of course open for membership subscriptions.