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Sep 22, 2016

7 organisations in the music sector call for a revision of the CITES musical instrument certificate

Brussels (22 September 2016) – Today Pearle* - Live Performance Europe together with a wide group of European and American stakeholders from the music sector representing musicians, music ensembles, music groups, orchestras, concert venues, instrument makers and merchants published a common statement in view of the discussions on the musical instrument certificate (MIC) at the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17). The meeting will take place from 24 September to 5 October in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the paper, the signatories underline the need of uniform procedures at borders and internationally harmonised rules on the musical instrument certificates and ask all the parties involved in the discussions on musical instruments at CoP17 to revise the MIC. The EU proposes several amendments to resolution conf. 16.8 on the MIC with the aim to facilitate touring activities for orchestras, music groups and musicians. The signatories support the European proposal. With the aim to facilitate discussions and negotiations, a side event on musical instruments and CITES will be set up on 27 September 2016 at CoP17.
When travelling with musical instruments containing CITES protected species such as ivory, rosewood, mother of pearle or lizard skin a CITES musical instrument certificate is required for international cross-border activities. In order to avoid travel delays, reduce administrative burdens and sustain international touring and other music activities uniform, reasonable and practical procedures are urgently needed.

Read the statement of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers, the International Association of Violin and Bow Makers, the International Federation of Musicians, the League of American Orchestras, the National Association of Music Merchants and Pearle* here:

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