On the Move's Charter for cultural operators

Administrative and social aspects of cultural mobility

1. Ensure sustainable working conditions for the artists and cultural operators you work /collaborate with / employ.

  • Provide your artists with links to reliable sources of information about their rights and duties as "mobile" workers.

  • Train somebody in your organisation to support artists for administrative processes; encourage joint training sessions, locally / nationally. Promote the capacity building of artists and cultural professionals through training seminars, workshops, etc. Share good practices with your colleagues, project partners etc.

  • Make sure you do things properly and in the interest of the mobile artists/cultural professionals: salaries, insurances, payment of social security, contracts, etc.  

  • In coordination with artists and cultural professionals, report about difficulties and obstacles related to administrative aspects of mobility.  

  • Establish strategic partnerships with organisations from other sectors (education, economy, financial services, etc.).

2. Consider the social and economic issues at stake whenever cultural mobility takes place.

  • Ensure equal opportunities for artists/operators and for the staff, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religious belief, political engagement etc.

  • In case of collaborative projects, try and design your project in a relevant way for all the partners (e.g. minimum go-and-back travels). Ensure democratic governance and transparency in the budgets and the use of resources. Consider non-monetary economy. Mention social issues and democratic governance of the project in the contracts.

  • Make sure the mobility experiences connect the artists with the place of destination, local artists and inhabitants.

  • Consider using social impact indicators to evaluate your project.

3. Be present in policy development, decision-making processes and their implementation at all levels.

  • Together with artists and cultural professionals (partners and beneficiaries), map the benefits/good practices of mobility to promote active policy and advocacy work.

  • Together with artists and cultural professionals (partners and beneficiaries), identify negative aspects of mobility and ways to counteract them.

  • Promote civil society engagement with policy makers and improve the information flow from the sector by creating effective and direct consultation mechanisms. Advocate for the role of arts and culture as agents of positive social transformation. Participate in/follow the work of advocacy organisations, networks and platforms active at the EU and international level.