GUIDELINES FOR WORKING ETHICALLY IN THE INDEPENDENT SCENE
In a series of events of the FAIRSPEC initiative in 2020-2021, artists of the independent performing arts in German-speaking Switzerland, as well as representatives of institutions and funding bodies explored urgent social, artistic and contemporary issues with the goal of developing a joint codex.
The “FAIRSPEC Codex” was published on Monday, 30/8/2021. This is one of the first guidelines in German-speaking areas for ethical work in the independent scene.
The codex enumerates the essential motivations which will be guiding future work in the performing arts. It covers personal competencies, aspects of communication and collaboration, and the commitment to comply with remuneration guidelines issued by professional associations.
WHY IS THIS CODEX NEEDED?
Through self-obligation and mutual support, FAIRSPEC wants to use this codex to address known problematic behaviour patterns in the performing arts.
The artistic work stands in focus. Every artistic process is also a social process that is accompanied by great responsibility with regard to artistic freedom, as well as respectful interaction with each other.
WHAT CAN THIS CODEX DO?
Individuals and institutions can sign this codex and apply it independently in their daily work.
It helps to
- reflect on actions and work practices
- continually work on oneself and one’s own work structure
FOR WHOM IS THIS CODEX?
The signatories of this codex commit to guidelines that reflect their values and apply equally to all participants. They hope that this codex will be incorporated in as many different professional settings as possible within the independent scene, as well as within subsidised theatres and thereby firmly establish the values of respect and fairness.
Sign the codex and download a copy in English, French, German or Italian from the FAIRSPEC website:
Zurich, August 2021