In connection with the crisis situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, artists may apply for social assistance from the Culture Promotion Fund, which is managed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Social assistance is a one-time payment of funds. The amount of the allocated funds depends on the commission’s decision.
At the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, there is also the Commission for Retirement Provision for Artists, whose task is to recognise the activity as creative or artistic and to set the date of its commencement, based on documents confirming the duration and nature of the activity.
The Fund to Support Artistic Creation is generated mostly by income from the sale of artworks for which copyright has expired (the so called “dead hand” funds). According to the regulation of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage from 24th February 2003, producers and editors are obliged to pay 5% of the gross income from the sale of the above mentioned artworks. The Fund supports artists in three ways: scholarships (six and twelve months), subsidies for publishing and one-off grants. In accordance with the decision of 17 May 2010, the Ministry of Culture will also provide social assistance from the Fund to creators with artistic achievements. This is a one-off allowance, granted on the basis of application, for the artists in a difficult social or health situation.
The new act on the rights of the professional artist will bring a huge change in terms of social security for artists and creators. Each person performing artistic work will be able to apply for entitlements allowing them to pay social taxes on preferential terms and obtain social assistance (also see chapter 4.1.3).