European Associations from the performing and live music sector address a joint letter to Commissioner Breton (Internal Market).
“Together, we are asking for a coordinated post-lockdown strategy for Europe’s cultural venues and events.”
During the last year, European associations and their national members have been working relentlessly on proposals to provide support to the cultural sector and guidelines on reopening protocols for the live music stages. Once again, we are ready to offer our expertise and experience to the European Commission’s efforts towards helping Europe and the Member States to adapt to the situation and to share guidelines for the safe resumption of activities.
Within this letter, Live DMA calls on a clear vision in favour of the reopening of cultural venues in every European country, a long-term support to the sector to adapt audience restrictions, and a coordinated strategy for touring conditions in Europe.
“Live music venues, clubs and festivals are still in the middle of the crisis. We are very concerned about the mental health of the staff working in live music who had to continuously adapt with a lack of recognition by public authorities. We need to foresee what comes next. Venues, clubs and festivals are important spaces of socialization which cannot be replaced by live streaming. This is why we call for a reopening under safe conditions, including amateur practices and educational activities. Music organisations need a financial and structural support until music venues and clubs activities go back to normal. More than ever, we must support our local music scenes.“
Audrey Guerre, Live DMA’s coordinator
AFEM – Association for Electronic Music
ARA – Arena Resilience Alliance
GESAC – The European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers
LIVE DMA – European Network for Live Music Associations
Liveurope – The live music platform for new European talent
PEARLE – Live Performance Europe
YOUROPE – The European Festival Association