New study on artists’ working conditions published

The European Commission and stakeholders have published a new study that sheds light on the status and working conditions of artists, cultural and creative professionals.

The study looks at characteristics of employment of artists and cultural and creative professionals in EU Member States with regards to artist status and entitlements, social security, self-employment, support ecosystems and alternative financing, artistic freedom, career development and measures countering the Covid crisis.

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Culture Action Europe’s Position Paper on “New European Bauhaus”

Published on Monday, October 26th, CAE reacted to Ursula von der Leyen’s proposal on a “New European Bauhaus” to realize the New Green Deal.  CAE welcomes the initiative as it paves the way to a long-awaited high-level recognition of the role of culture in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.  But, focused on the creation hard infrastructures, the proposal minimizes the full capacity of culture and the arts and brings also some controversies: 

New European Bauhaus: a promising intention and a much needed open debate

European Democracy Action Plan

The European Commission launched a public consultation on the development of a European Democracy Action Plan (EDAP). On September 14th Culture Action Europe and many other European networks and institutions welcomed the initiative and called the Commission in an open letter to reflect in it especially the status of the freedom of artistic expression as a fundamental aspect of cultural rights. The letter submits the following recommendations to the Commission:
1. Explicitly recognize freedom of expression in all its forms.
2. Develop appropriate instruments at EU level whereby artistic freedom can be monitored and assessed as one of the legitimate indicators of democratic and cultural health.
3. Foresee a facility through which artists can report violations of their fundamental rights and access support for their legal assistance and relocation.
4. Establish an EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law, and fundamental rights, including artistic freedom.

Read the complete letter here.

Having the right and the means to act artistically – join the digital IAA Europe Talk 17.09.20 at 2pm

iaa logo sw talksIn the late summer of 2020, IAA Europe starts a series of online debates to bring members and supporters closer together, to discuss what can be the role of artists associations today and especially their (re)union on an international level.

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3.000 cultural professionals demand: “Uphold culture in the EU budget!”

“A deal is essential”, writes Charles Michel, president of the European Council, ahead of the EU summit on 17 and 18 July 2020, where an agreement for the EU-Multiannual Financial Framework and Recovery Plan is being sought.

Equally essential is a sufficient funding of culture in the EU budget, now, and in the coming years.

3000 cultural professionals, artists, creators, authors stand behind Culture Action Europe’ petition, which you can sign here.

These voices make it clear: „There is no proper recovery without culture and no culture without proper budget.“

Many artists like a.o. Björk, Marina Abramovich, Agnieszka Holland, Isabel Coixet, Milo Rau, Jean Michel Jarre, Anne-Teresa Keersmaeker and many more are loud on calling the EU and national leaders to “be bold” and invest in culture at the EU level. Read their letter here.

Creatives Unite – Information on response to Covid-19

The Creatives Unite platform is operated by the European Creative Hubs Network and the Goethe-Institut as part of the Creative FLIP project.

The site went online in May and has been designed as the the platform for the cultural sector to share information and good practices. Creatives Unite aims to gather all information and initiatives of the CCI sector in the EU that arose in response to the COVID-19 crisis as well as to offers the opportunity to co-create and share solutions.

On June 26 the platform invites for an online dialoge of representatives from the Cultural and Creative Sectors with Commissioner Gabriel, the European Parliament and the Council: United for a New Future