Cultural institutions that receive funding from the Dutch government through the Basic Infrastructure (BIS) program will be required to ensure fair compensation in the upcoming subsidy period. This means, among other things, that they must adhere to collective rate agreements for the remuneration of artists, technicians, and creators.
The position of workers in the cultural and creative sector is highly vulnerable, as evidenced by research conducted by the Social and Economic Council (SER) and the Council for Culture. State Secretary Uslu is taking measures to improve this situation, with fair compensation for those working in this sector being a key component. In the upcoming BIS period, from 2025 to 2028, State Secretary Uslu has allocated €34.1 million annually for this purpose.
State Secretary Gunay Uslu (Culture and Media) stated, "People working in the cultural and creative sector often do so out of passion and commitment. But they also deserve to earn a decent living. That is why I call on other governments and private commercial entities to join us in addressing this issue. Together, we can ensure a normal, healthy labor market position for creators, technicians, and other workers in the cultural sector."
Currently, several pilot projects are underway in preparation for 2025, with €19.1 million euros per year available for these initiatives.
Image : Gunay Uslu photographed by Martijn Beekman
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