Two online tools to assess risks in venues and for productions in the live performance sector
Today, the European social partners of the live performance sector launched two online interactive tools to support risk assessment.
Follow-up project OIRA Tool for the Live Performance Sector: maximising its visibility and use
In their previous project “Developing a European Interactive Risk Assessment Tool (IRAT) for use in the Live Performance Sector” the European social partners successfully developed and completed an OIRA tool for the sector. The primary aim of that joint action was to provide a tool for risk assessment in the Live Performance sector in Europe. The Live Performance sector encompasses artistic productions and workplaces with such a diversity of elements to be considered in relation to occupational health and safety, that they can prove an enormous challenge. It is clear that special, sector-specific risk assessment approaches are vitally necessary. The production and finalisation of the OIRA tool was a very ambitious undertaking given the complexity of the productions and workplaces in the sector and the resulting massive range of risks to be taken into consideration. The social partners are absolutely committed to undertaking a second (and final project) to maximise its visibility and potential impact on working practices in the sector. The follow-up project starts in January 2015, of which the primary aims are to refine and review the OIRA tool so that it is more responsive to the needs of direct users, and to promote it and maximize its visibility and use in the sector across Europe. This project will seek to ensure that the European OIRA tool is tailored to meet the needs and expectations of different potential users and that it becomes a known and visible tool and reference in the European Live Performance Sector. The project is expected to be finished mid-2016.
consultation future use of the UHF - Lamy report
It is the responsability of the European institutions to make sure that the use of the 700 Mhz corresponds with general public goals. These goals include cultural diversity, pluralism and access to culture. The EU's objectives in the framework of the Digital agenda, require a fundamental engagement to guarantee that cultural content can continue to be offered.
Revision of US rules on ivory
The newly proposed rules will have an impact on travelling to the US with musical instruments containing ivory as they would remove the current prohibition on travel with those instruments legally purchased after 25 February 2015. Further requests of the music community related to easing international travel will be under consideration in separate rule-making procedures.
Activity report 2014
2014 was a year of elections for the European Parliament and a new European Commission taking office in a new working format. As Europe is facing its macro-economic and political challenges, so does our sector. Behind encouraging results of enthusiast and involved members of the audience, great artistic productions of outstanding level, the organisations itself are operating in a reality and a context which is putting them more and more under pressure, of which some to a level that will may no longer hold, no matter their international reputation. With lesser financial means available and increasing costs, growing pressure of regulatory burdens and administrative obstacles, live performance organisations need policies which give oxygen to the sector. This is what Pearle*, the largest and biggest representative of the music and performing arts in Europe, is asking the European institutions for the coming years. It is formulated in 13 EU policy areas and 42 priorities.