On Thursday 22 November, the Pearle EU ‘Behind the Stage’ Award Ceremony took place at the Bozar Centre for Contemporary Arts in Brussels. Pearle EU is the European employers federation of music and performing arts organisations, which launched Behind the Stage, to address the specific challenges facing the live performance sector in a rapidly changing environment.
The overall aim of the project is to improve industrial relations and provide a new start for social dialogue in the EU live performance sector by strengthening the capacities of national employers’ organisations, improving their functioning, and encouraging the transnational exchange on thematic issues in the area of EU social policy.
Janice Pounds attended the ceremony on behalf of Accent MEH.
“Accent MEH is currently delivering a MECLA Project (Music Education and Cultural Learning Alliance) through Erasmus (funded by the British Council) in partnership with Denmark and the Czech Republic. The outcome after 3 years will see the development of an on-line Music Education resource for Y3 children prior to the start of instrumental studies, which will be launched nationally and in both partner countries. This work will be accompanied by a series of resources for whole class and small group work, which will initially be trialled by Accent until the full launch of all materials in 2020.
Our Danish partner, as a member of Pearle EU, entered MECLA for a workforce development award. The aim of the awards ceremony was to highlight and celebrate the role of employers and organisations who carry out project work which serves as a source of inspiration for other associations, and to increase their visibility in their respective countries and internationally. In our category, we were judged alongside Les Forces Musicales (French employers’ organisation of orchestras, opera houses and opera festivals) the Swedish Performing Arts Association, the Association of Professional Theatres in the Czech Republic and the Association of British Orchestras, and although we didn’t win an award, it was wonderful to meet colleagues from such a diverse group of organisations, and talk about the work of Accent within the context of Warrington and Halton Councils.
The guest speaker was Walter Zampieri, Director General for Culture and Education for the European Commission – he was an inspiration.”