EAIPA- 10 questions to EU

May 2019

The European Association of Independent Performing Arts has been founded in 2018 and took his seat in Vienna / Austria. The European Association of Independent Performing Arts represents the interests of the independent performing arts. Experienced organisations and national representatives of the scene from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Hungary have come together to take their place as founding members of the association. The purpose of the Association is to improve the framework conditions of individual performing artists, artist groups, independent theatres and other artistic companies as well as of all professional groups and infrastructures associated with the industry and in regard to their structural, social, legal, financial, political, organisational, artistic and cultural aspects. Furthermore, the association’s agenda will be to increase public awareness of the Independent Scene as a defining force within Europe’s artistic landscape as well as to represent the Independent Performing Arts more prominently at a European level. Publication The first joint project is a comparative investigation of the (funding) situation for the Independent Performing Arts in eight European. ‘Introduction to the Independent Performing Arts in Europe: Eight European Performing Arts Structures at a Glance’, published November 2018 is available online www.freietheater.at

We will also collect relevant statistic information about the independent performing arts scene in each country and throughout Europa EAIPA will also record, examine and analyse the current situation of the Independent Scene in Europe and will describe its significance as a driving force within a vivid artistic and cultural landscape. In view of your candidature for the upcoming EU elections on 26 May 2019, we would kindly ask you to fill out this questionnaire. Our partner organisations in the other 10 European countries will send the same questionnaire to their respective national candidates. All responses will be compiled and presented in a subsequent summary report.

1. Who in your party/parliamentary faction/political club is the official representative concerned with the interests of the professional independent, non-institutionalised arts sector at European level – and in particular with the independent performing arts, including dance?

2. What did you/your party/your parliamentary faction/your political club achieve in the last legislative period in regard to the needs and requirements of the independent performing arts sector? EAIPA European Association of Independent Performing Arts Gumpendorfer Straße 63B, 1060 Wien | www.eaipa.eu eaipa@freietheater.at | TEL +43.1.403 87 94

3. What are your/your party’s/your parliamentary faction’s/your political club’s plans for the upcoming legislative period in terms of initiating and intensifying direct and personal communication with the associations and interest groups of the independent performing arts sector to guarantee your general availability and reachability?

4. What are your/your party’s/your parliamentary faction’s/your political club’s plans for the upcoming legislative period in terms of engaging closer with, supporting and improving the specific working conditions in the professional independent, non-institutionalised performing arts sector?

5. Do you support the idea of compiling (for the very first time) a report and relevant statistics of the social and economic situation of artists and creatives as well as of aspects of equality and diversity in the culture and media sector throughout Europe? In what ways do you plan to include the associations and interest groups from the cultural sector in the process of compiling the aforementioned report and relevant statistics?

6. The European Union’s »Creative Europe« programme represents an integral part of European cultural policy making. However, mainly the creative industry and larger cultural organisations are supported by this funding scheme. What are your/your party’s/your parliamentary faction’s/your political club’s plans for the upcoming legislative period to allow for more small organisations and networks from the performing arts sector to receive funding from the »Creative Europe« programme?

7. What is your/your party’s/your parliamentary faction’s/your political club’s position on upholding minimum standards of social welfare benefits in the professional independent, noninstitutionalised arts sector and adhering to minimum levels of remuneration as recommended by the specific associations and interest groups? Do you support the consistent structural application of recommended minimum levels of remuneration, especially in terms of the European Union’s funding programmes, and do you also support a corresponding increase in the budget of these funding programmes?

8. The artistic work produced in the independent performing arts sector has great influence on general aesthetic discourse, the strengthening of civil society and international and transcultural exchange. However, research by the European Association of Independent Performing Arts (EAIPA) indicates that the working conditions of a majority of artists in this sector – irrespective of their important contributions to culture and society in general – are precarious. What possibilities do you/your party/your parliamentary faction/your political club identify in order to change and improve the basic social situation at European level and protect people working in the independent performing arts sector from the risk of poverty in old age?

9. In article 16 of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, it clearly states that so-called developed countries are obligated to structure cultural exchange in favour of so-called developing countries. This also includes measures to encourage the mobility of artists and other cultural players, especially in favour of those travelling from so-called developing countries to so-called developed countries. EAIPA European Association of Independent Performing Arts Gumpendorfer Straße 63B, 1060 Wien | www.eaipa.eu eaipa@freietheater.at | TEL +43.1.403 87 94 Mobility of artists and, as a consequence, cultural exchange are often hindered by the visa regulations implemented by the individual EU member states, including unsupported allegations against artists that they would only use cultural exchange to stay in the EU on a permanent basis. Which specific steps/measures/initiatives do you/your party/your parliamentary faction/your political club mean to install at European level in order to remedy above-mentioned barriers to the progress of cultural exchange and to strengthen the current compliance with the UNESCO convention?

10. The sanctity of the freedom of the arts is one of the elemental requirements for any artistic practice. Which specific measures and initiatives do you/your party/your parliamentary faction/your political club mean to implement at European level to counteract any restrictions on the freedom of the arts and to consequentially document and take action against any possible violations?

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