PRESS RELEASE - Going digital: Pearle members discuss live experiences of performances online
(Zurich/Brussels 29 November 2016) – Pearle* members from across Europe came together in Zurich, Switzerland to discuss topics such as EU cultural policy, Commission’s proposals on employment and social affairs, the security of concert halls and theatres after the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels as well as the recently launched texts on the EU copyright reform.
Pearle - EFA partnership, in context of RISE project funded under Creative Europe programme
CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE CONTEXT OF INTERNATIONALISATION, CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION AND MOBILITY The European Festival Association (EFA) and Pearle*-Live Performance Europe have teamed up to improve knowledge on legal and managerial aspects on cross-border cooperation. In a series of 2,5 hour seminars or workshops spread over a period of more than 2 years a wide range of issues which either have a cross-border dimension or of common interest to many cultural managers across Europe, will be organised. A typical seminar or workshop will include the involvement of a legal expert other, the presentation of a case and a lot of interaction and exchange. Participants will be invited in advance to bring their questions along, so that at the end of the session they will have acquired knowledge and insight to tackle their case. After every session a report will be drafted which will be at the disposal for anyone interested, but could not take part in the workshop. This way a knowledge centre will be built up of experts input, including description of cases and good practice examples. Knowledge and access to information is key. With a lot of expertise available in the sector and in the members organisations and having access to experts in specific areas, international collaboration can be enhanced through training, exchange amongst peers, and through a practical and solution-oriented approach. EFA and PEARLE members are invited to make proposals for topics to the steering committee. Depending on the issues raised, further in-depth research or articles on a specific subject from experts may be added. Articles can cover legal or managerial questions related to mobility (such as taxation, VAT, visas), access to audiences, financing and entrepreneurship. In addition EFA and PEARLE members will be offered access to a series of easy reading booklets (supported by an online animation) will be produced which will provide access to information on the relationship between the daily management and the regulatory framework.
Online interactive risk assessment tool for productions and performances
watch the introductory video The European social partner project to develop and promote Online Interactive Risk Assessment in the Live Performance Sector has reached its close. With the support of the EU-OSHA Agency, the sectoral social partners Pearle*-Live Performance Europe and EAEA (composed of FIM, FIA and UNI-MEI) have launched two risk assessment tools: one for Productions and one for Venues. The tools are accessible anonymously and free of charge. They are accessible at any time, a risk assessment can be interrupted and continued at a later date, at the user’s convenience. Furthermore, they can be used on portable devices, which is practical. The two OiRA tools for the Live Performance sector have been developed to give a roadmap to the live performance sector to address the challenges that exist to make fit European health and safety legislation with addressing risks in venues and productions, to consider implementing policies, taking measures and adopting approaches that go beyond the common sense practice. It also helps to support careful consideration of the aspects of the work that require safety management and helps to protect those working in this intensely varied and busy environment.
The EU blue card proposal
In light of the current debate on the Commission proposal of revision of the directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of highly skilled employment, the members of Pearle*-Live Performance Europe agreed on a common position at their general assembly meeting in Zurich on 25-26 November. Pearle* sees clear improvements made by the Commission compared to the Directive on highly qualified persons from 2008. In the attached position paper, Pearle* highlights a number of areas where further improvement could be made in order to increase the functioning and use of the system of employment of highly skilled third-country nationals. These include, - Change to the duration starting from employment contracts of minimum 3 months (instead of 6 months) - Derogate highly skilled (young) talents with artistic background from the condition to proof 3 years of higher education or equivalent professional experience, as they form a specific exceptional category of recognised top talents at a young age - Need to be able to employ the third-country nationals under the same applicable sectoral conditions as nationals, instead of introducing other employment conditions which may differ from those applicable in the respective sector. - Reduce the application procedure, as in highly competitive labour markets for top talents and highly skilled a period of two months is too long for both employer and applicant to start the work in a European based company More detailed information can be found in the paper.
The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers - Taxation of Artists in an International Context
The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers - Taxation of Artists in an International Context is the second publication of the RISE project!