Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

Artists & Creatives
COVID-19 Recovery Resource Platform

The Situation of Artists and Cultural Workers and the postCOVID-19 Cultural Recovery in the European Union

This is a study requested by the CULT committee, of the EU (Committee on Culture and Education).

This background analysis on the situation of artists and cultural workers and the post-COVID-19 cultural recovery in the European Union is prepared for the European Parliament. It provides an overview of key characteristics of artists’ and cultural workers’ status across Europe, their working conditions, precariousness and career paths. It outlines the justification for specific policy solutions and provides a mapping of key challenges for a European framework for working conditions in the cultural and creative sectors and industries.

Dr Mafalda DÂMASO
Culture Action Europe: Tere BADIA, Gabriele ROSANA, Kornelia KISS, Sebastiano BERTAGNI, Maya

• The coexistence across Europe of multiple definitions of ‘artists’ as well as competing frameworks specifically aimed at them hinders a unified recognition of artists’ labour status.
• COVID-19 accelerated pre-existing trends and inequities, which created a sense of urgency to tackle the situation on a European level.
• Several factors explain the precariousness of artists. These include: the non-standard nature of their working conditions, status and income, and artists’ propensity for crossborder mobility.
• Recent and ongoing European initiatives (e.g. collective bargaining agreements) are likely to have a positive impact on the working conditions of artists. However, the former intersect with many other policy fields, e.g. competition, the internal market, social policy, fundamental rights. Therefore, such European initiatives are insufficient to address all challenges faced by artists.
• A European framework for working conditions in cultural and creative sectors and
industries would provide a multidimensional, holistic and coherent policy
instrument, helping to establish minimum standards, addressing structural fragilities and
inequities. The framework would contribute to the sustainability of the cultural and
creative sectors and industries after COVID-19, together with immediate forms of actions
(access to funding, administrative support, etc.).

You can find the full study here.

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