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EAEA-​Pearle* press release re. EU recovery plans

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Brussels, 14 October 2020

European Social Partners of the Live Performance Sector call for a coor­di­nat­ed action plan to secure the recov­ery and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of the European cul­tur­al sector

PEARLE*- Live Performance Europe rep­re­sent­ing over 10 000 organ­i­sa­tions and the EAEA – European Arts and Entertainment Alliance, rep­re­sent­ing more than 150 unions, guilds, and asso­ci­a­tions and over 600 000 per­form­ers, tech­ni­cians and staff in the music, per­form­ing arts and live sec­tor – are call­ing on the EU insti­tu­tions and nation­al gov­ern­ments to adopt a coor­di­nat­ed approach includ­ing short-​term sup­port mea­sures and long-​term invest­ment to save the European cul­tur­al sec­tor amid a resur­gence of the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic across Europe.
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Opera Australia | International support for the MEAA campaign

No opera without us

Throughout the world, live enter­tain­ment is under­go­ing seri­ous con­straints, fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment deci­sions tak­en in response to the Covid-​19 pan­dem­ic. These con­straints have brought about a drop in resources and seri­ous dis­or­gan­i­sa­tion of pro­grammes, in par­tic­u­lar where sym­pho­ny orches­tras or operas are concerned.

In the face of such an unprece­dent­ed sit­u­a­tion, it is essen­tial for all stake­hold­ers to work togeth­er to come up with suit­able strate­gies, in order both to pro­tect jobs and the mis­sions of these insti­tu­tions, over the short, medi­um and long terms.
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UK | Fix streaming to Keep Music Alive

UK campaign ‘Keep Music Alive’

The Covid-​19 cri­sis has hit music per­form­ers hard. Gigs have been can­celled, fes­ti­vals and per­for­mances post­poned, and record­ing stu­dios closed. It has brought into sharp relief the fact that musi­cians are sus­tained pri­mar­i­ly by income gen­er­at­ed by the live side of the music busi­ness and that stream­ing roy­al­ties are woe­ful­ly insufficient.

It would take 53 mil­lion Spotify streams to break even on a € 24,000 loss, a fig­ure that is unat­tain­able for most musi­cians. In the UK, one in five respon­dents to an MU sur­vey said they were con­sid­er­ing leav­ing music alto­geth­er.
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EU | “live performance” social dialogue celebrates its 20th year

Dave Webster, BMU (UK)

The European sec­toral social dia­logue com­mit­tee of the live per­for­mance sec­tor is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th anniver­sary in 2019. Pearle* invit­ed EAEA and the European Commission to cel­e­brate the occa­sion in Brussels’ Kai Theater on 9 October 2019, the day before the last meet­ing of the year.

The three union fed­er­a­tions and Pearle* (the four mem­bers of the com­mit­tee), as well as the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee remind­ed par­tic­i­pants of the work com­plet­ed since 1995 – the year of the first con­tacts between FISTEL and FISTAV (ances­tors of MEI), on the one hand, and Pearle* on the oth­er.
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EU | Conclusion of the “Creative Skills Europe” project

Creative Skills Euorpe logourope

The European Creative Skills Europe project, which was car­ried out between 2017 and 2019 with back­ing from the European Commission, has now been con­clud­ed. Various the­mat­ic work­shops on Education and Training in the Audiovisual and Live Performance sec­tors issued five doc­u­ments ded­i­cat­ed to the fol­low­ing issues:
 — A Step Ahead – Training for Innovation;
 — A Safe Bet – Training and Workforce Development;
 — It is a New World – Training in and for the Digital Era;
 — Joining Forces – Funding our Training Needs;
 — Fruitful Co-​operations – Access to Training through Social Dialogue.
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Closing the “Creative Skills Europe” project in Göteborg

Göteborg | Final conference of Creative skills project The final con­fer­ence of the Creative Skills Europe project took place on 5 February 2019 in Göteborg (Sweden). It has opened the way to enhanced tech­ni­cal coop­er­a­tion between the var­i­ous nation­al skills coun­cils in the live per­for­mance and audio­vi­su­al sec­tors, but also at the lev­el of European social dialogue.

Participants sug­gest­ed future European ini­tia­tives aimed at meet­ing needs in skills. Exchanges addressed the fol­low­ing issues in par­tic­u­lar:
– devel­op­ing e‑learning
– shar­ing con­tents to fos­ter and facil­i­tate skills devel­op­ment where free­lance work­ers are con­cerned
– cre­at­ing mech­a­nisms for bet­ter recog­ni­tion of qual­i­fi­ca­tions and skills at the European lev­el.
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EAEA-​Pearle* joint statement on the role of Culture and the Arts


FIM, FIA and UNI-​MEI (on behalf of the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance — EAEA) and Pearle* have adopt­ed a joint state­ment aimed at rais­ing aware­ness where European states, European insti­tu­tions and polit­i­cal decision-​makers are con­cerned of the need to pre­serve and enhance pub­lic sup­port for the per­form­ing arts and cul­ture, at a time when these are being hit by short-​sighted bud­get restric­tion mea­sures, both where dif­fu­sion and artis­tic edu­ca­tion are concerned.

EAEA and Pearle* are ask­ing European decision-​makers to break with cur­rent log­ic and do their utmost to pre­serve what con­sti­tutes one of our most valu­able col­lec­tive goods — Culture and the Arts.
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ALERT! Help saving the orchestra of the Flemish Opera!

Flemish Opera Orchestra

The high­ly esteemed and much appre­ci­at­ed Opera and Ballet Orchestra in Flanders is being threat­ened to shut­down soon. Such clo­sure would result in a major part of Flemish cul­ture being seri­ous­ly erod­ed if not com­plete­ly eradicated.

How is this pos­si­ble? It is a direct con­se­quence of polit­i­cal machi­na­tions. An exter­nal report was ordered by the Flemish Minister of Culture, Sven Gatz, then com­piled by Koen Vandyck.

This dam­ag­ing report seems to imply the absorp­tion of the Flemish Opera Orchestra into the Philharmonic Orchestra in Antwerp.
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