Support for professional artists and creative unions is regulated by the Creative Persons and Artistic Associations Act. According to the Act a freelance creative person is an author or performer, whose main source of livelihood is professional creative work in the fields of architecture, audiovisual, design, performing arts, sound, literature, visual arts, or shorthand, not under employment or similar obligations.
The artistic association unites and represents persons working in one creative field: architecture, audiovisual arts, design, performing arts, sound arts, literature, visual arts or scenography. An artistic association must have at least fifty persons who have been creative in the relevant creative field for at least the last three years and whose works have been published or made available to the public.
A freelance creative person, who is a member of one of the recognised artistic associations and fulfils the conditions laid down in the Creative Persons and Creatives Associations Act, is entitled to receive support for six months through the artistic association. The amount of this support is the national minimum wage established by the Government of the Republic and the recipient is also guaranteed health insurance.
To be eligible for funding, a freelance creative person must apply to their creative union. In case the creative person belongs to several artistic associations and has not applied for support at only one association, the application must be submitted to all creative unions of which he or she is a member.
A freelance creative person, who does not belong to a recognised artistic association, but who meets the conditions specified in Creative Persons and Artistic Associations Act, is eligible to apply for creative support from the Ministry of Culture. The Ministry of Culture forwards the application of the creative person to the creative association representing the respective creative field, which evaluates the compliance of the creative person with the requirements of the Creative Persons and Creative Associations Act and decides on granting the support.