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Sectoral social dialogue - Live performance

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations

EEA - European Entertainment Alliance

Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe
EURO-MEI - UNI-Europa performance and media branch  
International Federation of Musicians  
International Federation of Actors  

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • artistic and literary creation and interpretation
  • operation of arts facilities, fair and amusement parks and other entertainment activities in direct contact with the public.

The slow growth or even decline in public subsidies for the sector in EU countries in recent years has put the budgets of many established performing arts organisations under pressure. Moreover, the nature of the live performance sector requires significant geographical mobility.

However, the European social partners consider that there is no satisfactory response to the problems of visas, work permits, residence, recognition of diplomas and status of artists in terms of social protection and taxation, which need to be resolved if workers are to be fully mobile. These problems stem from disparities in legislation between European countries.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • social dialogue and the role and capacities of the social partners
  • health and safety (e.g. risk assessment and risk prevention)
  • training and skills (including a feasibility study for a sector skills council, in collaboration with the social dialogue committee of the Audiovisual sector)
  • mobility of workers
  • public funding.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Joint statement: Mobility information services for artists and culture professionals (2011)
  • Joint statement: The contribution of culture in combating poverty and social exclusion (2010)
  • Joint recommendation: How to promote and improve social dialogue in Southern Europe (2010)
  • Joint statement: Creativity, Innovation and the role of the Cultural Sector (2009)
  • Joint statement: The impact of the financial crisis in the live performance sector (2009)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).


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