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Austria/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.2 Special artists funds

The main achievements in the field of indirect support to creativity are the various funds available for artists including the KünstlerhilfeFonds founded in 1962 and run by the Department for the Arts. This fund provided freelance visual artists with some social security benefits. With the implementation of a new social security insurance regulation for artists on January 2001, this fund has been replaced by the Social Security Insurance Fund for Artists which grants benefits for all artists (not only visual artists). For artists in social need, additional support is given by the Arts and Culture Divison of the Federal Chancellery within the framework of the Arts Support Act (KünstlerInnenhilfe, some EUR 138 000 in 2014). As of 2015, these support payments are financed by a "support fund for artists" that has been established within the artists social insurance fund.

There is a statutory fund in the literary field guaranteeing income supplements for writers and authors in social need (e.g. pensions, incapacity to work, care of dependants, support in special cases). The copyright collecting societies also pay social supplements (see also chapter 5.1.7).

The Austrian Music Fund, founded in 2005, is an initiative for the support of professional Austrian music production in Austria and the dissemination and marketing of Austrian music at home and abroad. The Music Fund, which is funded with a budget of EUR 800 000 annually, is open to all music-creating authors, interpreters, music producers, music publishing houses and labels and is jointly financed by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery and institutions of Austrian musical life (AKM / GFÖM, Austro-Mechana / SKE, IFPI Austria, OESTIG, WKÖ / trade association of the audiovisual and film industry FAMA, and the Austrian Events-Organisers' Association).

Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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