Created in 1991, Pearle* is the European trade federation of Performing Arts organisations and enterprises.

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25 years ago. VAT problems were at the origin to create Pearle*,

Today, 25 years ago the first meeting of Pearle was held in Amsterdam. What preceded: November 1990, Rupert Rhymes the Chief Executive of SOLT Society of London theatre (then SWET) and Rudolf Wolfensberger, Chief Executive of the Association of Dutch orchestras (then CNO), meet at an international conference on cultural cooperation in Glasgow, Cultural Capital of Europe at the time. The topic which triggered both gentlemen was VAT which they considered as a hindrance to undertake international artistic collaboration. A half year later, fellows from other performing arts and music associations from France (Syndeac), Germany (DBV), Netherlands (VNT, now NAPK), Sweden (TR, now Svensk Scenkonst) and UK (ABO) meet in Amsterdam to establish Pearle*, a European association bringing together employers associations in the performing arts sector. The main mission of Pearle* is the establishing of a stable environment by supporting sustainability and promotion of the Live performance across Europe. The group realised that they had common interest on a wide scope of issues and that there was a need to exchange information and take joint action addressing supranational institutions in particular the European Institutions. By the end of 1991 the group had expanded its relations to colleagues from Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Finland, Norway, Spain, Switzerland. The first representative from Central-Europe, the Association of Hungarian Orchestras became a member in 1996, quickly followed by Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovakia.

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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.

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visas for performers from EU travelling to perform in USA

The European social partners 'live performance' ask for an explanation on the difficulties imposed on performers from the EU to travel to and tour in the USA. Whilst sports people enjoy much easier visa entry conditions, the situation for performers remains very difficult.

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Pearle response to consultation on the small business act (SBA)

Pearle* - Live Performance Europe is the European association representing through its members more than 5000 organisations in the live performance, a large part being small and medium sized enterprises, profit as well as non-profit organisations, ranging from micro-entreprises to companies over 250 employees. For this reason, Pearle* underlines the need to continue to support small and medium sized entreprises and further develop the SBA as the Commission’s policy instrument to promote SMEs and entrepreneurship 2015-2020. In the live performance sector, access to finance remains one of the most urging topics, in particular after the economic crisis which in most of the EU countries led to important cuts in the public financing of culture and the arts.

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Inventory of EU Legislation with an impact on the live performance sector

A comprehensive Inventory of EU legislation with an impact on the live performance sector, including a thorough overview of the EU legislation in 20 policy areas and covering more than 150 EU regulations.

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