In June, the Berklee College of Music voluntarily recognized the Berklee Faculty Union as the bargaining representative for the 200-plus full-time and part-time faculty of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. The move follows the 2016 merger of the Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory. The conservatory faculty join their 600-plus sisters and brothers on the Berklee faculty, who have been represented by the Berklee Faculty Union since 1986.
On July 14, Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship released a study focused on how to promote fairness and transparency in the music industry. The report, titled Fair Music: Transparency and Money Flows in the Music Industry, was developed by Berklee College of Music faculty and students in collaboration with other music industry organizations, companies, artists, and experts. Among the ideas discussed in the document is a “Creator’s Bill of Rights” comprised of standards for ethical treatment of musicians, artists, and creators, based on the principal that all musicians deserve fair compensation for their art and every creator deserves to have insight into the entire payment system. You can download a free copy of the full Fair Music report at: https://www.berklee.edu/news/fair_music_report.