Live entertainment, signed a manifesto for new cultural policy of the country

All performing arts sectors have signed a Performing Arts Pact addressed to MiBACT.

Ten associations to which all sectors of the performing arts belong have signed a common pact to “collaborate on the realization of a new cultural policy for the country.” The Performing Arts Pact was signed by ANAP (National Performing Arts Association), APS (Free Association of Performing Arts Workers); CeNDIC (National Center for Contemporary Italian Dramaturgy); Fed.It.Art. (Italian Federation of Artists); National Forum for Music Education; Indies (The Home of Independent Music); Live Performing Arts Movement; SIEDAS (Italian Society of Experts in Arts and Performing Arts Law); StaGe! (Stati Generali Musica Indipendente ed Emergente); UTR (Unione Teatri di Roma), launching a manifesto to MiBACT.

Among the manifesto’s main goals are the enhancement of artistic creativity and the social, cultural, educational, and economic utility of the performing arts and the performing arts; the identification of cultural enterprises and all categories of workers in the sector with a specific register; and the abolition of Fus and the creation of a new Single Fund for the Performing Arts in agreement with the regions.

Below is the text of the manifesto.

As the independent Federations, Associations and Formations of Theater, Music, Dance and Circus that subscribe to this Manifesto under the name of Pact for the Performing Arts, we have come together with the intention of proposing a constructive intervention to collaborate in the realization of a new cultural policy for the country, bringing and representing instances capable of producing changes and transformations necessary for the common good of the Performing Arts and, consequently, for social cohesion and collective well-being.
As we have widely understood and unfortunately noted, 2021 will still be a year out of the ordinary and therefore our commitment must be extraordinary in building the near future of the performing arts, as part of a new vision for the cultural, social and economic development of our country.
We have an opportunity to lay the foundations for an authentic cultural policy, one that will lead to the overcoming of the many gaps, discretions and anachronisms present in the regulations of the Live Performing Arts sector, problems that have been present for a long time and that the pandemic has put even more clearly in the spotlight.
This is an opportunity that we have a duty to seize for the benefit of the entire sector of workers and operators in the performing arts and, we repeat, for what this sector represents, for our country and in the interest of all citizens.
Therefore, in this year of transition, we must propose and implement shared actions, in order to adapt the approach and regulatory framework of the sector to a reality that has now evolved. We believe that the current Permanent Table for Live Performing Arts at MiBACT is a truly laudable initiative, which should be supported as a place for listening, confrontation, realization of instances and proposals also for the restart of the whole sector.
Should this Table of Comparison not prove to be truly effective and operational, the Performing Arts Pact, composed of organizations belonging to all sectors of the Performing Arts-Theater, Music, Dance and Circus-will request direct meetings with both the Minister and the responsible executives of Mibact for a transparent confrontation.
Given the summary nature of this document, we highlight below the themes for a new cultural policy that will be articulated and illustrated later in detailed documents, to explicate motivations and modalities of the actions to be carried out, also in anticipation of the birth of the States General for Live Performing Arts:

1) enhancement of artistic creativity and Live Performing Arts as a training and educational tool

2) consideration of the social and cultural utility of the Performing Arts and the Performing Arts

3) need to align the Italian state’s cultural investment with the average European expenditure (while recognizing the increases already adopted by MIBACT)

4) definition of Cultural Enterprises and creation of a specific register

5) identification and recognition of all categories of workers in the performing arts with a specific identification register

6) redefinition of the principles and related rules governing the economic intervention of Institutions in favor of the Performing Arts, abandoning the current FUS, to create a new Single Fund for the Performing Arts in agreement with the Regions

7) implementation of real administrative simplification and a unified and common modus agendi for all public entities (Ministry, Regions, Municipalities) and economic and noneconomic public entities.

The world of the performing arts, in its various expressions and activities, put in the right conditions to operate, will contribute to the cultural, economic and moral recovery of our country, including through a very strong revival of the enjoyment of Italy’s immense cultural and artistic heritage, putting its aggregative, educational, welfare-creating, relaxing and social role in the foreground.

Image: Interior of the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa

Live entertainment, signed a manifesto for new cultural policy of the country
Live entertainment, signed a manifesto for new cultural policy of the country