8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
Since its establishment in 1944, the Dutch Federation of Artists Organisations [Federatie van Kunstenaarsverenigingen] has been subsidised by the central government. By subsidising the Federation, whose members are mostly creative artists, systematic input of creative artists on national cultural policy is safeguarded. However, there is no official negotiation mechanism between the Federation and the government. Artists and their organisations make themselves heard in public, but their direct influence is modest. Trade unions for artists and related creative professionals do not receive any structural subsidy.
The central government provides support to service organisations for artists, such as Artists&Cultural Entrepreneurship [Kunstenaars &CO] (see chapter 4.2.8, chapter 4.2.9, chapter 7.3 and chapter 8.1).