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Nov 29, 2012

Pearle* celebrates the role of sector federations in live performance. Awards given to associations

For the first time in history, a European employers and sector federation has awarded national associations for their achievements in various activities: audience development, innovating tools, data collection, collective bargaining and green initiatives. The awards were given at a high-level event on 22 November in Brussels in the presence of László Andor, Commissioner responsible for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

Pearle*, Live Performance Europe, acknowledges the role of sector federations in their capacity as employers associations creating stable industrial relations and promoting a level playing field for working conditions in the sector, particularly via the collective bargaining processes. Sector federations, in addition to providing services to their members, also undertake various activities aimed at the wider public and general promotion of the sector. Sector federations also support policy-making by providing data and information to public authorities and by working closely with relevant government departments on issues affecting their sector.

These functions and activities were celebrated at the high-level event in the theatre Daarkom in Brussels. Pearle's President Catherine Baumann stressed: "this is about celebrating so many of these initiatives, undertaken in different ways and in diverse environments. Every nominee is a winner in its own right. And I personally would say the same for those many associations who did not send in an application, but whose work contributes to strengthening the performing arts sector every day."

Referring to the crisis and the resiliency of the sector, Commissioner Andor underlined that: "In such a context, it has been demonstrated over and over again that intensive dialogue between social partners is the best guarantee to address the challenges in the most appropriate manner, both in the interest of the workers and of the organisations concerned."

Sector federations often undertake substantial work 'behind the curtains'. The goal of this unique initiative was to put them in the spotlight. Selected from a wide range of high quality best practices presented by the nominees, the jury chose to highlight the work of the following associations:
- Award on audience development:
Award to: EETEAL, Eesti Etendusasutuste Liit, (Estonian Association of Performing arts institutions) for an initiative combining audience participation for underprivileged children, and people who had never attended a performance before, with environmental awareness.
- Award on innovating tools:
Award to: DBV - Deutscher Bühnenverein (German theatre and orchestra association) for the use of new media to involve young people and adolescents in theatre production, exchanges with artists, exploring their creativity and raising interest in theatre as a whole.
- Award on collective bargaining:
Incentives given to: APD ?R - Asociace profesionálních divadel ?eské republiky (Association of the Professional theatres in the Czech Republic) and BAROK (Bulgarian employers in culture), to acknowledge their efforts and encourage their initiatives to develop a sector-wide collective agreement on the basis of autonomous social dialogue.
- Award on data collection:
Award to : EETEAL, Eesti Etendusasutuste Liit (Estonian Association of Performing Arts Institutions) for outstanding data collection on theatres in Estonia, facilitating analysis and observation of trends, and the development of a web-engine generated tool that aims at improving the quality of the information.
- Green award:
Award to: SYNPASE, Syndicat National des Prestataires de l'Audiovisuel Scénique et Événementiel (Association of technical service providers in the audiovisual and live performance) for their work of several years on developing a tailor-made tool that allows technical providers in the performing arts to work according to ecological rules.

Finally, the event celebrated four new employers associations that have been created in the past twelve months:
- Zrzeszenic Filharmonii Polskich - Society of Polish Philharmonics
- SAVIST - Association of Performing arts institutions in Iceland
- Lithuanian association of state theatres and concert institutions
- Asociácia divadiel a orchestrov Slovenska - Association of Slovak theatres and orchestras
With this unique and new initiative, Pearle* has triggered much interest and attention. The award event concluded a year-long project of activities across Europe. It focused on capacity building for employers associations, stimulated the setting up of associations in countries where they do not yet exist, promoted social dialogue and integrated associations in the EU sectoral social dialogue. The project was supported by the European Commission

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