Participants: ‘Status and Working Conditions of Artists and Cultural and Creative Professionals’

Voices of Culture is delighted to announce the 46 organizations participating in the structured dialogue on ‘Status and Working Conditions of Artists and Cultural and Creative Professionals’ with the European Commission. The selection process was implemented by the expert Joost Heinsius.

Participants will produce a Brainstorming Report, which will be presented to the European Commission at the Dialogue Meeting. The Brainstorming meeting for the topic will take place digitally on the 27th & 28th of April 2021. The Dialogue meeting for this topic will take place on the 29th of June 2021.

You can read more information here.

What is it about?

The fourth topic of Voices of Culture 2019 – 2021 will ask questions about the challenges and opportunities for the status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals. How can new priorities, policies, actions and funding streams better address this issue?  

Why is it important?

Pre-COVID-19, the cultural and creative sectors were already characterised by fragile working practices. A fragmented organisation of creative value chains, often project-based and precarious work, non-profit character of many activities and (often not well-remunerated) IP-based revenue and income models are only a few of the elements contributing to this.

The COVID-19 crisis is causing immense losses in revenue opportunities and possibilities to perform art and cultural activities, with the more fragile players suffering the most. Longer-term effects relate to changes in cultural demand and engagement, the need for skills to cope with the new situation, risks of exacerbation of inequalities within the sector, brain drain from the sector and impoverishment of the diversity of expression.

In order to strengthen the sectors, it is essential to keep developing sustainable business models and to work on building an ecosystem that ensures decent living and working conditions for artists and cultural and creative professionals.

Image: European Commission

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