The Association of Dutch Music Venues and Festivals (VNPF) represents the collective interests of music venues and festivals in the Netherlands joining 117 members from venues programming more than 20 pop music concerts annually and pop music festivals welcoming 1500 visitors or above.
In addition, it strives to promote pop music as a performing art, to professionalise the pop sector and to develop and broaden the programming of pop venues and festivals.
Since 1993 VNPF has been working on exercising influence on legislation and government policy such as the tobacco law, security policy, copyright, Single-Use plastic, guarantee funds, collective employment conditions, health and safety policy and many more relevant areas of policy for the live performance sector. The VNPF also promotes the professionalization of the pop sector by collecting data (through the Poppodium Analysis System),
creating conditions for its members to develop (opening discussions and exchanging information in various meetings and working groups such as the VNPF members' day in May, panels during Eurosonic Noorderslag, the presentation of the IJzeren Podiumdieren (The Iron Stage Animals) and the Congress Venues Festivals Events in October, providing them services such as advocacy, legal support (implementation of collective labour agreement, privacy law, consumer law, fiscal law, governance, environmental law, labour law, sound regulations), management support, workshops, negotiating collective discounts on products and collecting and documenting industry data.
It has launched a number of campaigns on pertinent topics such as I love My Ears on prevention of hearing loss, Weet Waar je Koopt / Know Where to Buy on where to buy concert & festival tickets safely, Ben je Oke? / Are You OK on sexual harassment at festivals, concerts and clubs.
Furthermore VNPF has a comprehensive resource page with documentation on health and safety, management & entrepreneurship, facts & figures, catering industry, marketing & programming, human resource management, ticketing, laws and regulations, covid-19 protocol, copyright, cultural policy, tax, cultural sector lobby, research, prices, trainings and courses and regularly shares information on job opportunities in their member venues and festivals.
Pearle* members in the spotlight 2021-2022
A key strength of Pearle is the network. The network joins forces to work towards a favourable environment for the live performance sector. It does so via joint actions and activities, exchange of knowledge and of views. But Pearle is also one big family, where we can talk and meet with like-minded people, be serious when needed and relaxed where possible.
2020 was a year we couldn’t meet physically, and this was replaced with regular meetings in the form of members’ corners. In 2021 we embarked upon visits to associations in the network. Throughout 2021 and 2022 Pearle* member associations across Europe will be presented to the wider group of the network so that you have a chance to know better, or be reminded of, what colleagues do. By the end of 2021 we look forward to having a nice collection of profiles shared with you.
To know how to join us see here.
Previously Profiled Pearle* Members 2021
March 2021: APD ČR - Asociace profesionálních divadel České republiky (Association of the Professional Theatres in the Czech Republic)
April 2021: Teatterikeskus ry (Theatre Centre)