This report examines aspects of artists’ and creative sector professionals’ status and social security, fair practice, skills and life-long learning and artistic freedom.

The European Parliament’s culture and employment  committees called for a new framework to be put in place to ensure fair pay, facilitate cross-border mobility and dismantle structural imbalances and abuses affecting creative workers across the EU. They call on the European Commission to encourage and support member states to introduce a so-called “status of the artist” that would guarantee better social protections.

Many artists and cultural and creative professionals face precarious working conditions, low, irregular and unpredictable incomes, high levels of self-employment, project-based careers and a lack of legal structures.

The scope of this report is the status and working conditions of artists and cultural and creative professionals, taking into account the wider ecosystem supporting artists and cultural and creative professionals.

It provides a collection of good practice for advancing further policy learning and development, as well as policy recommendations.

The target groups of this report are primarily policymakers at European, national, regional and local levels from different policy areas, including beyond employment/social affairs and culture, as well as CCS professionals, academics and others interested in the topic.

Readers will hopefully be inspired by this report and use it as a source of information and a basis for further assessments of possible ways forward to improve artists and creative sectors professionals’ working conditions in their respective countries.

The report is available here.

Culture Moves Europe

individual mobility grants

The second mobility call for artists and cultural professionals is open.


SHIFTing towards eco practices

15 European cultural networks to co-develop a bespoke eco-certification for cultural networks, taking into account their specific needs and working methods.


EDNext Focus on Equity

Dr Alexandra Baybutt commissioned to report on EDNext 2023 activities.

Mapping equitable practices in the European contemporary dance sector.


Report on Artistic Freedom in Europe

by the Council of Europe

Free to Create: Artistic Freedom in Europe examines the challenges European artists and cultural workers face in the practice of their right to freedom of artistic expression.


Europe Beyond Access

What is the current cultural landscape for European artists, arts professionals and audiences with disabilities in 2023? What recent advances have been made on a national and European basis?


Perform Europe is back!

A three-year project supported by the European Union

Discover the latest news about the second edition of the performing arts funding scheme


Equity in Dance

ateliers recap

A series of EDN workshops exploring practices of equity in contemporary dance - reports and podcasts are now published.


Dance Counts

living & working conditions in dance

Dance Ireland with Theatre and Dance NI have launched the Dance Counts Report, a major undertaking of research over the last three years into living and working conditions in the dance sector on the island of Ireland.


Creative Europe Budget Cuts

Call on Member States

EDN joins the Culture Action Europe call on EU member states to reconsider the proposed cuts by 40 million EUR to the Creative Europe budget 2024


What Makes You Disabled?

Video Podcasts

Three video podcasts documenting a 4-day exchange of artistic practices, led by disabled artists collective Al.Di.Qua & hosted by EDN member Lavanderia a Vapore.


EDNext 2022 - 2024

European Network of Dance Development Organisations

EDN continues to receive the support of EU network funding for representing dance development organisations in Europe


EDN Sustainability Campaign

Endorsed by EDN member organisations across Europe

EDN campaign presents concrete actions and ideas to engage the contemporary dance sector in Europe, its advocates, funders and stakeholders, in a shared movement towards a sustainable future.