Working group to be established for the development of legislation on artists' social security.
5.1.4 Social security frameworks
The social protection of artists in Latvia is regulated by general legislation and by the Labour Protection Law. There are no special provisions for self-employed artists to have access to the social security system. Many artists have to work in other fields to earn a living, for example in education, mass media, or advertising.
In 2004, a Law on the Service Pension of State and Local Government Professional Orchestra, Choir, Concert Organisation, Theatre and Circus Artists was adopted. The purpose of this Law is to ensure the right to a service pension for state and local government professional orchestra, choir, concert organisation, theatre and circus artists in light of the fact that working in these professions over a period of time is connected with the loss of one's professional skills before reaching the age determined for the granting of an old-age pension, and to lay down the procedures for the granting, calculation and payment of the service pension.
The Law on the Status of Creative Persons and their Social Protection Framework is at preparation stage for some time without any major success. In 2011, the Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia initiated a discussion on the development of legislation on artists' social security. In 2012, a working group at the Ministry of Culture is to be established.
See also comparative information provided in the Compendium "Themes!" section under "Status of Artists".