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Factsheet for case EU-2020-42/1349 – measures in European Union

EU social partners for the live performance sector issue joint statement

Country European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)
Time period Open ended, started on 14 October 2020
Type Non-binding recommendations or other texts
Category Supporting businesses to get back to normal
– Measures to support a gradual relaunch of work
Author Eurofound
Case created 29 October 2020 (updated 05 November 2020)

Background information

The pandemic and lockdown had serious ramifications in the live performance sector as venues were forced to close completely. This has had a huge impact on the economic stability of the sector as a whole, but also on individual workers, many of whom are independent and self-employed. On 13 October 2020, the social partners in the live performance sector in Europe gathered to discuss the future and sustainability of the sector. As a result, they adopted a common statement calling for a sector-specific recovery plan and instruments at EU level.

European social partners in the live performance sector are:

  • Pearle -Live Performance Europe, representing over 10,000 employers' organisations;
  • European Arts and Entertainment Alliance (EAEA), representing more than 150 trade unions, guilds, and associations and over 600,000 performers, technicians and staff in the music, performing arts and live sector.

Content of measure

Social partners are calling on the EU institutions and national governments to adopt a coordinated approach including short-term support measures and long-term investment to save the European cultural sector amid a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic across Europe. The European Social Partners underline the urgency and seriousness of this situation and the grave peril the live performance and, in fact, the entire cultural sector are facing. The EU recovery package and existing policies and measures should more explicitly instruct member states to provide targeted support in order to meet the challenges that the sector is facing.

At EU level, there is still a lack of a sector-specific plan and instruments. The access for the cultural sector to existing and future cross-sector instruments is neither guaranteed nor facilitated, such as for instance to the REACT EU help scheme under the cohesion funds, the Digital Europe programme or the Creative Europe Programme. The proposed cuts in the InvestEU 2021-2027 programme could further limit access to vital funding for organisations of the live performance.

Use of measure

The lockdown affected about 600,000 people.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Other groups of workers
Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Social partners jointly
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Direct consultation outside a formal body Direct consultation outside a formal body

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: EU level


Joint initiative of sectoral social partners.

Views and reactions

Social partners assess their own initiative.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities
    • Occupation (ISCO level 2)
      Legal, social and cultural professionals


  • 14 October 2020: European Social Partners of the Live Performance Sector call for a coordinated action plan to secure the recovery and sustainability of the European cultural sector (


Eurofound (2020), EU social partners for the live performance sector issue joint statement, case EU-2020-42/1349 (measures in European Union), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.