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The Government creates an “artistic employment contract” and approves the cultural bonus of 400 euros for young people

The Government has announced this Tuesday after the Council of Ministers the approval of the Statute of the Artist and the cultural bonus for young people of 18 years. Two long-awaited novelties in which Culture has been working together with other ministries, such as Labor or Social Security, and which have received the green light from the Executive. “It was a historic claim,” the government spokeswoman, Isabel Rodríguez, said about the first piece of news.

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The Royal Decree-Law of the Statute of the Artist, headed by the Ministry of Labour, adapts the labor relationship of a special nature for artists, as well as for the technicians and assistants necessary for the development of this activity. The Government hopes that this regulation will improve and modernize the conditions of one of the sectors hardest hit during the pandemic: jobs related to culture fell by 4.7% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the same dates in 2020.

For this reason, the Statute of the Artist includes several keys that adapt to the intermittence and precariousness of the sector. The first is the creation of a new fixed-term artistic employment contract. That is, temporary. However, with the new norm it is also wanted to combat the concatenation of seasonal contracts and promote their transformation into indefinite or discontinuous fixed rate. In addition, employers must prove a justification for the temporary duration of the contract and, if they do not do so, they must consider the indefinite contract.

On the other hand, technical and auxiliary activities are incorporated into the Artist’s Statute, which recognizes the rights of a group especially affected by fraudulent hiring as false self-employed.

New indemnities associated with these contracts are also contemplated. It is unified to 12 days for all groups and is increased to 20 days when the duration of the contract exceeds 18 months. In the field of Social Security, the rule establishes that cultural professionals will be exempt from the disincentive contemplated in the labor reform for contracts that last less than 30 days.

The reform also addresses the expansion of the concept of “artists in public shows”, which had become obsolete. Now, new forms of realization, production and presentation of artistic work will be taken into account, which are shown on social networks, streamingpodcasts, video platforms or other content on-line.

Young bonus: keys

The Government has also announced this Tuesday that the culture investment bonus for young people who turn 18 in 2022 will be fully operational in June. The so-called Youth Cultural Bonus is endowed with a budget of 210 million euros and they calculate that it will benefit some 500,000 people.

This cultural check will have an amount of 400 euros and can be spent on tickets for shows or cultural products. Stationery products, textbooks, computer equipment, artistic material, sports and bullfighting events, fashion or gastronomy are not included. Each young person will have 365 days from the day their money card is activated to spend the balance of their voucher.

Stationery products, textbooks, computer equipment, artistic material, sports and bullfighting events, fashion or gastronomy are not included.

“We have divided the bonus into three blocks: 200 euros for live activities (museums, shows, cinema, libraries…), 100 for physical or digital products and 100 for subscriptions in the digital world (audiobooks, musical platforms). or reading…) Then each young person has to decide what each part will be spent on”, said the Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, in an interview with last February.

The Government has been working on the operation for months. Pedro Sánchez announced this bond on October 6, drawing inspiration from similar initiatives that already exist in Europe. In France, a very popular Pass Culture has been in operation since 2019, with which 78% of young French people invested it in books and most of them in manga comics.