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Austria/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

Following a nationwide survey concerning "Voluntary Engagement in Austria" (2015) 6% of the Austrian population over 15 years are doing volunteer work in any form in the area of art and culture, especially in cultural initiatives, that have become an important part of Austrian contemporary culture and art since the 1970s. Particularly offside urban agglomerations many people are enabled with the access to and participation in art and culture. They range from regional events, multicultural, interdisciplinary and experimental arts and cultural projects, to service provision. Since 1991, some three hundred regional arts and cultural initiatives have been annually funded by a special department in the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery. However, the shift from basic funding to project-oriented funding has made continuous work more difficultfor small-scale cultural associations.

The survey "Fair Pay - Online-Survey on the financial conditions of cultural workers in independent cultural initiatives" with more than 200 respondents, conducted by the österreichischenkulturdokumentation, commissioned by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery has shown that the sector is characterised by a large degree of voluntariness, whereas the employment must be described as precarious. The cultural houses and clubs are considered to be local suppliers for culture in the regions and offer a broad culture programme.

Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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