The fourth topic of Voices of Culture 2019 – 2021 asked 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?
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.
Successful applicants were invited to a digital Brainstorming Meeting on the 27.04.2021 – 28.04.2021 and to a Dialogue Meeting in Brussels on the 29.06.2021 (digital if necessary) to share their input on several areas of discussion:
Voices of Culture participants wrote a Brainstorming Report after the Brainstorming Meeting. In this report, the results of the discussion between participants at the Brainstorming Meeting were expressed. This report was then presented by participants to the European Commission at the Dialogue Meeting.
Please be aware that Voices of Culture is a platform for dialogue between the cultural sector and the European Commission provided by the European Commission. The Voices of Culture team only facilitates this process and is not responsible for writing the Brainstorming Report. This responsibility lies with participants.
The Brainstorming meeting for the topic took place digitally on the 27th & 28th of April 2021.
The Dialogue meeting for this topic took place on the 29th of June 2021.
The call was open to representatives of the cultural and creative sectors (professional organisations, cultural institutions, non-governmental organisations, European networks, foundations, private organisations, etc.) with relevant expertise on the topic Status and Working Conditions of Artists and Cultural and Creative Professionals who would like to contribute to discussions with the European Commission. Organisations applying must be from one of the 27 EU Member States.
Through an open call for applications, the following organizations were selected to participate in the topic:
The Call for Applications is now closed.
Application deadline: 21st of February 2021
Announcement of results: 08th of March 2021