Panteia (a Dutch research company) and Culture Action Europe are carrying out a study regarding the status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals in Europe.

Atypical working patterns and irregular income in the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) have led to problems such as weak social protection and a lack of decent working conditions that leave those in the sector vulnerable to abusive subcontracting, bogus self-employment, underpaid or unpaid work and coercive buy-out contracts. New digital technologies, such as generative AI, also create challenges for CCS professionals. Work in the cultural and creative sectors (CCS) is often characterised by poor working conditions and high cross-border mobility, while at the same time, there is no easy portability of their social security entitlements. Gaps between national social systems, national definitions of artists and other rules create unfair conditions.

Recently, the European Parliament has proposed an EU framework to improve the living and working conditions for cultural and creative workers. This study is in response to this recent effort by the Parliament and aims to collect first-hand experiences from artists, cultural and creative professionals, as well as cultural organisations regarding working conditions in the sector.

Therefore, as part of the data collection programme of our research project, we have developed a survey that invites artists, cultural and creative professionals and cultural organisations and institutions to share their experiences regarding working conditions in the sector as well as future actions to address the challenges faced by artists and creative professionals.

In addition to completing this survey, we would like to invite you to share this survey amongst your extended networks in order to obtain as much feedback as possible. We estimate it takes 5 minutes to complete this survey.

Stakeholders have the opportunity to contribute until the 31st of January.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with the project coordinator Martin Clarke (