Created in 1991, Pearle*-Live Europe Europe is the ‘Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe’, the European sector federation of music and live performance organisations. Pearle* represents through its members more than 10 000 managers of theatres, concert venues, theatre production companies, orchestras, operas, ballet and dance companies, festivals, promoters and other professional organisations in the performing arts in Europe. Pearle* is the leading organisation on EU and international regulatory affairs issues affecting the daily operations of live performance organisations.
Pearle * is led by an executive committee elected by the members every two years.
Pearle * Executive committee 2017 - 2019
|Géza Kovács||BTE||Magyar Szimfonikus Zenekarok Szövetsége||Hungary|
|Liesbeth Dejonghe||oKo||Consultation Arts organizations||Belgium|
|Tommi Saarikivi||STEFI||Suomen Teatterit ry / Finlands Teatrar rf||Finland|
|Marc Grandmontagne||DBV||Deutscher Bühnenverein - Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester||Germany|
|Julian Bird||SOLT / UK Theater||Society of London Theater & UK Theater Association||United Kingdom|
|Alexandra Bobes||FEPS / Les Forces Musicales||Fédération des employeurs du spectacle vivant public et private & Les Forces Musicales||France|
|Tania Swayne||FAETEDA||Federación Estatal de Asociaciones de Empresas Productoras de Teatro y Danza||Spain|
Delegates (in alphabetical order):
Francisca Carneiro Fernandes - Performart, Portugal
Yolande Melsert – NAPK – Nederlandse Associatie Podiumkunsten, Netherlands
Morten Gjelten – NTO – Norsk Teater og- Orkesterforening , Norway
Zdenek Panek – APD ČR – Asociace profesionálních divadel České republiky, Czech Republic
Mark Pemberton – ABO – Association of British Orchestras, United Kingdom
Aline Renet – FEPS Fédération des employeurs du spetacle vivant public et privé France
Ilka Schmalbauch – DBV – Deutscher Bühnenverein - Bundesverband der Theater und Orchester, Germany
Created in 1991, Pearle*-Live Europe Europe is the ‘Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe’, the European sector federation of music and performing arts organisations. Pearle* represents through its members more than 10 000 managers of theatres, concert venues, theatre production companies, orchestras, operas, ballet and dance companies, festivals, promoters and other professional organisations in the performing arts in Europe.
In 1998, Pearle* was recognised by the European Commission as the European employers association to represent management side at the European level. Pearle* meets the workers represented by EAEA, the European Arts and Entertainment Alliance which regroups FIA, FIM and Uni-Mei, at the European sectoral social dialogue meetings for the live performance sector. The European social partners discuss a variety of themes established in a work programme. The current work programme (2018-2019) includes items such as: social dialogue, health and safety, mobility, training and education, the economic situation of the sector, diversity and gender equality and any other EU initiatives which impact the sector.
The European social partner undertake several kinds of joint activities. Recent outcomes include: development of European online interactive risk assessment (OiRA) tools for venues and for production, and guidance for musicians and ensembles travelling with musical instruments containing protected (CITES) species.
Pearle* is also committed to supporting capacities of employers and employers associations across Europe to create a sustainable environment for the live performance in Europe.
Finally, Pearle takes part in the EEN (the informal European Employers’ Network) facilitated by Businesseurope and is registered as an employers’ organisation by ILO (International Labour Office) with grants an observer status at the International Labour Conference.
Created in 1991, Pearle*-Live Europe Europe is the voice of more than 10 000 theatres, concert venues, theatre production companies, orchestras, operas, ballet and dance companies, festivals, promoters and other professional organisations in the performing arts in Europe.
The sector has more than 2 million workers which makes it the largest cultural sector in terms of employment figures of the CCI which totals 7 million workers. The turnover of the live sector is about 44,5 billion euros, compared to 535 billion euros for the CCI.
As a sector federation Pearle* follows international and EU policy developments closely and takes action in different policy areas and on various regulatory affairs, including : EU cultural policy, education and training, copyright affairs, taxation and VAT, employment and social affairs, third-country nationals, external relations, environment and energy and other areas.
Registered as interest representative association in the transparency register of the EU, Pearle is regularly invited as stakeholder to present particular issues on the sector. With over 25 years of experience on the EU Pearle is a key partner for the European institutions on EU policy and regulatory affairs. Relying on the expertise of its members Pearle is able to represent the interest of the live performance sector.
Pearle* acts as a forum for exchanging information of relevance to members, for sharing experiences in cultural management and technical skills, for supporting and assisting the formation of sector federations and employers’ associations and support capacities of management in the live performance sector.
Pearle* holds two main members meetings per year besides offering other meetings such as targeted seminars, events, working groups.
Pearle* is a mixed network of association representatives and individual organisations which allow to bring practice, policy and legal experts and other cultural leaders together to support the sustainability of the sector and promote live performance across Europe.
As a European network in the cultural sector, Pearle partners with many other international and European networks on joint activities and projects with the aim of making live performance, culture and arts at the heart of our society and daily life.
Pearle*’s membership conferences are held twice a year hosted in their own home cities by different member organisations each time.
We organise our activities around our 3 main roles:
- interest representation (sector federation)
- management association (employers association)
- network (members association)
Pearle* - Live Performance Europe focuses on the aspects an organisation is dealing with when producing a live concert or performance or when managing a venue, theatre or concert hall. From the micro level to the macro level Pearle* provides information and input to decision and policy makers on issues of relevance to the sector and on policy initiatives.
Being part of Pearle* therefore means having access to essential information that impacts the daily operations of a live performance organisation or that may affect the sector as a whole.
As a member you have a spokesperson in Brussels to represent your interests with the European institutions. Therefore we take keen interest in your views, your issues, your questions.
Thanks to our broad expertise and relying on the know how available in the Pearle network members benefit from the diverse international contacts they can establish through the network.
Being a member of Pearle is about this :
- be part of a highly professional and high level network,
- take part in conferences, working groups, committees or other meetings,
- raise issues and questions of specific interest to your organisation,
- see interests represented at the highest levels,
- obtain information focused on the sector,
- learn and be informed,
- receive analysis and briefings on various legislative issues,
- have input in the drafting of position papers or responses to consultations,
- exchange with colleagues in confidentiality and trust,
- be better prepared on what will come into effect through national legislation,
- being represented in and partnered with other European associations and bodies,
- work together to ensure a sustainable environment for the live performance sector
More than hundred newsflashes, briefing notes, analyses, consultation papers, in-house publications, etcetera are exclusively available to members.
Pearle has two main types of members: full members and associate members.
Full membership of Pearle* is open to established European national associations representing the interest of music and performing arts organisations and are composed of management or employers.
Individual organizations, non-European associations of employers or managers, European associations representing employers or managers in the performing arts who are established may become associate members. Depending on the type of service, individual organizations can sign up for basic, plus, full associate membership.