internship student cultural policy
Pearle* offers a 3-month internship for a university student (starting March or April 2016)
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.
« Frequencies for the creative sector gain future regulatory certainty after World Radio Conference » welcomes the Wider Spectrum Group
The Wider Spectrum Group welcomes the long term regulatory security for broadcasting spectrum which was achieved at the World Radio Conference (WRC-15) in Geneva. The UHF frequency bands are used for terrestrial broadcasting and symbiotically for content creation and live performances, but are also subject to competing demands from other industries. These demands have to be reconciled at the international level in World Radio Conferences organized by the ITU. During the WRC-15 discussions which ended on 27 November, an overwhelming majority of 125 nations expressed their support to maintain the present UHF allocation to broadcasting and audio PMSE , recognizing their vital role in creating and distributing public service and commercial contents to citizens’ worldwide, thereby fostering inclusion and pluralism. This is all the more true in Europe as the creative industries are the third economic sector, strongly contributing to European GDP growth and employment. Almost unanimously, the EU Member States were supportive of a decision to maintain the lower UHF frequency band for broadcasting and audio PMSE. Following 4 years of preparation and 4 weeks of negotiations, the decisions taken at WRC-15 now provide long term regulatory certainty for the creative sector at the international level. This is a major milestone in a long term industrial strategy for the creative sector building on the strengths of the European Audiovisual Model and recognizing frequencies as a critical asset. The Wider Spectrum Group calls on European policy makers to build on this opportunity and position the creative and cultural industries at the heart of Europe’s Digital Single Market objectives, because the sector is Europe’s decisive asset in the worldwide digital competition.
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.