May 28th, 2021
Closing conference of the Mobilive research project on cross-border employment in the live performance sector

                                                                                                                                               Brussels, 28 May 2021


At an online final conference today, the research findings of the Mobilive project were presented to the wider public.

Mobilive is a European funded project, that started in April last year. Its main aim is to analyse and describe the challenges and solutions with regard to the social security and employment status of hyper-mobile workers in the live performance sector.

Besides Pearle*, the consortium is composed of three research partners: Project leader KUL-HIVA (research institute for labour and society), as well as CNRS- University of Strasbourg and the University of Ghent.

Researcher Frederic De Wispelaere of KUL-HIVA presented findings as regards a mapping of the live performance sector and in particular its transnational characteristics. He also addressed the concept of highly mobile worker and high mobility in the live performance sector. Prof. Dr. Yves Jorens considered in depth the social security aspects of highly mobile workers in the sector, taking into consideration the different employment situations and the sometimes particular status of artists in different countries. Researcher Dr. Marco Rocca paid specific attention to the very short-term posting in the sector and the consequences.

They also presented possible solutions, ranging from legal aspects to be further studied to pragmatic solutions that can serve social partners and the sector as a whole. This includes a number of infographics with easily accessible overview on where to find information in relation to posting, notification, and A1, a checklist to use in the framework of posting, and tables which support the calculation of remuneration. A particular attention was given to France, a major receiving country for touring artists and groups, with a high number of administrative requirements.

Speakers from the European Commission and from the European Labour Authority shared their views on the cross-border employment, the concept of high mobility, the role of social partners, and the issue of information provision. Representatives of the European sectoral social dialogue, EAEA and Pearle, and from the sector, brought in daily experiences and practice.

Pearle* Director Anita Debaere said: “We are delighted with the high quality of this study. The research allows to further address issues on transnational employment which Pearle has been claiming for many years. Now we have clear indications of the high mobility in the sector and the very particular challenges related to short mobility. We hope that policy makers will give it further consideration and look forward to developing solutions in this regard.

The study and the infographics can be found on the website of Pearle here and of KUL-HIVA here.

A summary is available in English, French, German and Italian.

Listen to the High Labour Mobility Podcast produced in the context of the project.


Note to editors: Pearle*-Live Performance Europe, is the European federation of music, performing arts and live performance organisations. It represents through its members more than 10,000 organisations in the sector. The map has been developed with the help of the national branch associations, members of Pearle*

Mobilive Final Report
Mobilive Final Report Summary
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