European Community Ministries of Culture, Equal Opportunities, Education, National Parliaments

Women represent 50% of those working in the performing arts, yet 89% of European arts institutions are directed by men.

The European Parliamentary Resolution, 10 March 2009, regarding Equal treatment and Access for men and women in the Performing arts, underlines that inequalities in career prospects and opportunities between women and men in this field are very much present and persistent, and insists that equality between men and women should be available for all players in the performing arts sector, in all disciplines, structures (production, broadcasting and teaching) and activities (artistic, technical and administrative).

Women dedicate time and energy to achieve individual goals, with enormous personal, social and financial sacrifices and are victims of a system that resists all possible forms of change. They are subject to discriminatory behaviour in selection and appointment procedures and access to cultural institutions, academies and universities, means of production and promotion and broadcast networks in all disciplines.
Talent alone is not sufficient for the artistic quality of a performance or success of a career leaving skills and talents unexploited, damaging artistic dynamism, influence and economic development and depriving the arts of talent and skills.

Regular contact with the public is necessary for recognition, and it is, therefore, essential to increase the presence of works created by women in programming, collections, publishing and consultation.

THEREFORE: We invite EU Member States to:

a) analyse and fight mechanisms producing inequalities or discrimination in the performing arts.

b) remove obstacles to women accessing top positions in cultural institutions, universities and accademie.

c) confirm that equal work by men and women must be matched by identical pay.

d) produce comparative analyses and statistics of the current situation in the arts to facilitate design and implementation of common policies so that progress is achieved.

Patricia Adkins Chiti, President of the Foundazione Adkins Chiti: Donne in Musica
Gigliola Zecchi Balsamo, Vice President
Fabrizio Martini, Mayor of Fiuggi, Member of Board
Gian Paolo Chiti, Composer, Member of Board
Bruno Ludovici, City Councillor, Member of Board
Nicolò Sella Di Monteluce, Senator, Member of Board
Giovanni Floridi, Notary, Member of Board
Lucilla Di Rico, Civil Servant, Member of Board
Elisa Costantini, City Councillor Fiuggi
Nancy Van de Vate, Vienna Modern Masters, Austria
Sonja Meller, FIFTITU%, Austria
Yiannis Miralis, European University of Cyprus
Lenka Kilić, Hudbaby, Czech Republic
Birgitte Alsted, Kvinder I Musik, Denmark
Anne Kierulff, IMPRA, Denmark
Pia Bode, IMPRA, Denmark
Sanna Ahvenjärvi, NAMU, Finland
Joanna Bruzdowicz, Rencontres Internationales Musicales en Catalogne, France
Helen Lux Dryselius, GEDOK, Germany
Renate Massmann, GEDOK, Germany
Beatrice Campodonico, Suonodonne, Italy
Paola Ciarlantini, Artemusic(a) – Compositrici delle Marche, Italy
Elisabetta Strickland, Gender Interuniversity Observatory Rome, Italy
Kikki Dellisanti, CEVEDIM, Italy
Angela Montemurro, Parnaso Donne in Musica, Italy
Silvana Velonà, Accademia del Tempo Libero, Italy
Vilma Campitelli, Musicologist, Italy
Patrizia Cerroni, I Danzatori Scalzi, Italy
Marilisa Puppi, Dancer, Italy
Dafina Zeqiri, Neomusika, Kosovo
Danielle Roster, CID Femmes, Luxembourg
Paula Azguime, MISO, Portugal
Mihaela Vosganian, ARFA, Rumania
Vojna Nesić, Udruženja “Žene u Muzici” Kragujevac, Serbia
Cruz López de Rego, Asociación Mujeres en la Música, Spain
Carmen Cecilia Pinero Gil, Euterpe Muyeres y Música, Spain
Stina Lyles, KVAST, Sweden
Elin Horburg, IMPRA, Sweden
Helene Lux Dreyselius, Evterpe, Sweden
Selen Gülün, Istanbul Bilgi University Music Department, Turkey
Debbie Golt, Women in Music, UK
Carole Kost, International Honour Committee, Italy
Pinuccia Carrer, International Honour Committee, Italy
Francesca Pinto Bonomo, International Honour Committee, Italy
Irma Ravinale, International Honour Committee, Italy
Claudia Buccellati, International Honour Committee, Italy

We the undersigned Women and Men working in all fields of the performing arts (music, theatre, dance, cinema and television, circus: composers, songwriters, sound artists, musicians, playwrights, directors, conductors, choreographers, dancers, scenery and costume designers, teachers, researchers, musicologists, historians, artistic directors, university departments, academies and teaching institutions, women’s libraries) call on all European Ministers of Culture, Equal Opportunities, Public Education and all National Parliaments to assume the EUP Resolution of the 10 March 2009 to ensure Equality and Access for women and men in the performing arts.

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