8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
The professional associations and artists' labour unions play an important role to represent the material and moral interests of their members and to negotiate the professional agreements that concern them. They often sit on the committees and commissions that allocate the funds and aids to creation, in partnership with the representatives of the concerned institutions. More than 2 000 associative professional structures of arts and culture sectors are grouped within the Union fédérale d'intervention des structures culturelles (Ufisc: http://www.ufisc.org).
Authors' rights management societies supply funds to support creativity, diffusion of live performances and artists' training schemes. These funds are composed of 25% of the income that is generated from private copying and from the works whose beneficiaries cannot be identified or located. The most known authors' rights management societies are: