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

EAEA-Pearle* logos

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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Fair Internet coalition meets with Commissioner Gabriel

Commissioner Mariya Gabriel Press release I BRUSSELS, 9 June 2020

Exchanging with Commissioner Gabriel today, AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO shared with her what they con­sid­er the European Commission’s key pri­or­i­ties should be in order to strength­en per­form­ers’ pro­tec­tion and enable them to envis­age ful­fill­ing pro­fes­sion­al careers.

AEPO-​ARTIS, FIA, FIM and IAO wel­come that the European Commission recog­nised the impact of the COVID-​19 pan­dem­ic on the cul­tur­al and cre­ative sec­tor in its recent EU recov­ery plan. In this regard, it is absolute­ly essen­tial that the EU can pro­vide per­form­ers with appro­pri­ate short- and mid-​term sup­port, finan­cial and oth­er­wise.
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Recognition of COVID-​19 as an occupational disease

CGU logo 28 April 2020 | Council of Global Unions Statement on Recognition of COVID-​19 as an Occupational Disease

On the occa­sion of International Workers Memorial Day 2020, the glob­al trade union move­ment calls upon gov­ern­ments and occu­pa­tion­al health and safe­ty bod­ies around the world to recog­nise SARS-​CoV‑2 as an occu­pa­tion­al haz­ard, and COVID-​19 as an occu­pa­tion­al dis­ease.

With a third of the pop­u­la­tion around the world cur­rent­ly liv­ing under var­i­ous forms of lock­down to slow the spread of COVID-​19, mil­lions of work­ers, includ­ing those in health and social care, emer­gency ser­vices, agri­cul­ture, food and retail, trans­port, edu­ca­tion, infra­struc­ture and con­struc­tion work and oth­er pub­lic ser­vices (see annex), con­tin­ue to work hard to keep soci­ety func­tion­ing.
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EU | The directive on copyright adopted by the Parliament

Votes count for copyright directive

Adopted on 26 March 2019, the direc­tive on copy­right in the dig­i­tal sin­gle mar­ket opens up the way for a fair remu­ner­a­tion of per­form­ers.

With its part­ners from the Fair Internet coali­tion, FIM has been work­ing relent­less­ly and con­tin­u­ous­ly for four years now to pro­mote per­form­ers’ inter­ests with mem­bers of the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council.

Our pri­or­i­ty aim was to intro­duce a remu­ner­a­tion mech­a­nism enabling all per­form­ers to receive a fair share of the rev­enue gen­er­at­ed online by the exploita­tion of their record­ings, includ­ing after the trans­fer of their exclu­sive rights.
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Global Unions calls for immediate end to repression in Turkey

Global Unions, col­lec­tive­ly rep­re­sent­ing over 200 mil­lion union mem­bers, includ­ing in Turkey, stand in sol­i­dar­i­ty with the peo­ple of Turkey.

Our organ­i­sa­tions wish to reit­er­ate their seri­ous con­cern at the repeat­ed use of bru­tal and exces­sive mea­sures includ­ing rub­ber bul­lets, tear gas and water can­non by gov­ern­ment secu­ri­ty forces against peo­ple peace­ful­ly exer­cis­ing their rights.

Global Unions and their mem­bers believe that the right to peace­ful demon­stra­tion and free­dom of assem­bly are basic ele­ments of gen­uine democ­ra­cy. However, instead of respect­ing that right, the Erdoğan Government appears to engage in repres­sion as a reg­u­lar prac­tice.
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