Established with funding from the Federal Office of Culture, “Suisseculture Sociale” is a social capital fund for artists in need; it operates according to the principle of subsidiarity. More specifically, large umbrella organisations like Suisa or Pro Litteris provide such funds to their members. Typical of Switzerland are the numerous small private funds for artists.
All of this, nevertheless, cannot hide the fact that a comprehensive social security framework for artists is non existent in Switzerland. The new Culture Promotion Act, enacted at the end of 2009, stipulates (Article 9) that the Confederation and the Pro Helvetia Foundation must transfer a percentage of the financial assistance granted to creative artists to the individual artist’s pension fund or another form of financial provision. The Federal Council determines the percentage (see chapter 4.1.3).