For the past years, the pressure on artists has intensified from all sides, especially when it comes to their means of subsistence: the impossibility of performing and meeting their audience, the opacity of the remuneration systems of the major streaming platforms, the increasing digitisation of activities and visibility, their precarious status in numerous countries, etc.
Faced with this critical situation, We are Europe seeks to feature and explore solutions for artists and the cultural sector. Above all, we want to shine a light on new perspectives by promoting existing ideas and even shaping new ones.
How to generate alternative and ethical income from concerts and tours? What (legal?) status could be put in place in Europe to protect the artists? What can we expect from streaming platforms in the future? Are NFTs a desirable and viable solution? What kind of sustainable and European political responses could be made to the cessation of artistic and cultural activities?
We are looking for testimonies, interviews, portraits, surveys, initiatives or opinions providing answers and putting forward solutions to all these questions.
If you wish to contribute to this series, please send your pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7 June 2021.
Contribution guidelines and publishing terms
— Contributors should send a pitch of approximately 250 words in English and a short bio.
— All formats are welcome: short stories, features, podcasts, videos, photos, interviews, creative fictions, etc.
— Contributions will be published in English and optionally in the author’s native language.
— Selected contributions will all be remunerated.