FAIR MUSIC CODE OF CONDUCT
I. What is the fair music code of conduct
The fair music initiative strives for more fairness and justice in the music business. The fair music code of conduct is a instrument of self-obligation for companies active in the process of producing, marketing, distributing and presenting music in all its forms and formats. The code obliges them to comply with the key values of fair music. The fair music code of conduct recognizes the dual character of cultural goods and services that represent a cultural value while at the same time hold an economic dimension. It seems paramount for the music business to take care that the cultural value is not eclipsed by the economic aspect as is usually the case with culture today.
Fair Music will provide a complaints resolution mechanisms in order to face problems and contradictions that may occur during the standard setting procedure.
The ISO 65 standard is designed for organizations that operate independent product certification systems, and specifies this with various criteria. This will primarily ensure that the certification organizations operate as so-called "third-parties", which are independent of the main organization and can avoid intra-organizational certification. By these standards, a high degree of objectivity and transparency in the certification process can be achieved.
Started as a local initiative of mica - music austria in the Mozart Year 2006, fair music has evolved into an international project, funded by the EU. Since the summer of 2009, NGOs from the music and culture sector have been developing standards for the certification of fair produced and marketed music, to reinforce musicians and the music business all over the world with this image campaign.