Within the Ministry of Culture, a Commission for Pension Provisions for Artists was set up to determine the starting date of a creative and/or artistic career for pension purposes. Decisions are made in accordance with the following legal Acts:
- Act on the Social Security System of the 15th of October 1998 / DZ.U.Nr.157, poz.887; and
- Act on Pensions from the Social Security Fund of the 17th of December 1998.
- Ordinance of the Minister of Culture of March 9, 1999 regarding the establishment of the Commission for Pension Provisions for Artists and a detailed definition of its tasks, composition and mode of operation (Journal of Laws of 1999 No. 27, item 250)
Those concerned must send the Commission a form together with necessary documents confirming the duration and character of their work.
Currently, the retirement age in Poland varies according to gender: 60 years for women and 65 years for men (Act on Pension from the Social Insurance Fund of 17 December 1998 as amended).
Artists in a difficult financial situation are eligible to apply for a subsistence allowance granted by the Minister of Culture from the Culture Promotion Fund. The allowance is granted once after the application has been positively verified by the commission appointed by the Minister.
Work is underway to prepare a Act on the Rights of the Professionalthat provides support for professional artists and creators in the field of social security, allowing them to pay preferential contributions. The act was created as a result of ongoing debate from an artistic milieu representing all professions and organisational forms on the occasion of the National Culture Conference.