June 15th, 2020
MOBILIVE
Challenges and experiences of high labour mobility across Member States - Exploring the social security and employment status of hyper-mobile workers in the live performance sector

The project runs from: April 2020 - April 2021

Short summary

Labour mobility is one of the fundamental freedoms of the EU. Despite the fact that the term ‘highly mobile worker’ is increasingly used in debates, very little research is available on their socio-economic and legal status. The group of highly mobile persons that MOBILIVE wants to focus on are artists, musicians and where relevant also technicians and touring staff. During the recent debates on the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive as well as on the revision of the Regulations on the coordination of social security systems, the live performance sector has received little or no attention.

From the point of view of both workers and employers of this sector, this is quite remarkable. Due to the high mobility of artists, identifying which social security legislation and which labour law they are entitled to can be very challenging. In addition, it is often difficult for artists to know their status and what their particular situation implies in different countries. Mobile artists may be, therefore, uncertain about their social rights and obligations. The stay in another country might also be too short for an artist to build up social rights and to be entitled to access the local social security system.

Furthermore, there is a large administrative burden on companies active in the live performance sector due to the application of European legislation. Finally, the revised Posting of Workers Directive might create complicated calculations regarding the remuneration by the employer of the sending state when it concerns very short-term postings.

MOBILIVE aims to explore the social security and employment status of hyper-mobile workers in the live performance sector. The project will define a clear definition of the concept ‘highly mobile worker’ (in the live performance sector) and will make a detailed analysis of the challenges and solutions with regard the social security and employment status of hyper-mobile workers employed in the live performance sector.

Specific objectives

MOBILIVE's main objective is to objectify the challenges and solutions with regard to the social security and employment status of hyper-mobile workers in the live performance sector.

MOBILIVE has 3 main sub-objectives:

  • Mapping out the ‘highly mobile worker;
  • List and discuss the challenges faced by highly mobile workers and their employers, with a focus on the live performance sector;
  • Define and develop solutions for highly mobile workers and their employers, with a focus on the live performance sector.

The project consortium is composed of:

KUL-HIVA (project leader), University of Strassbourg and University of Ghent (co-researchers), Pearle* (co-partner)

Associate partners: 5 partner countries OKO (BE), APD CR (CZ), FEPS (FR), Performart (PT), Svensk Scenkonst (SW), and also FIM, FIA, UNI-MEI

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