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UNESCO launches Global Survey on the Status of the Artist – Participate in the survey

UNESCO launches Global Survey on the Status of the Artist – Participate in the survey

UNESCO launches Global Survey on the Status of the Artist – Participate in the survey

Deadline: 23 November 2018


UNESCO is launching a global survey on policies and measures taken around the world to support the economic and social rights of artists. The survey is available until 23 November 2018.

It is coming at a critical time when artists and creators around the world have reiterated calls for stronger rights, fair remuneration, copyright reform, and legislation to give creators fair payment from global companies, especially those providing a platform for user-generated content (UGC).

As reported in UNESCO’s 2018 Global Report, Re|Shaping Cultural Policies, artists’ employment and social status continues to be precarious, with low access to social security, pensions and other welfare provisions.

Much-awaited by artists and cultural professionals, the survey’s findings should serve to inform policy decision makers and send an empowering message to the global community– one that allows future generations of creators to make a living from their work.

“Professionalizing the status of artists and defining their economic and social working conditions is essential to reaffirm freedom of expression for artists”

- Deeyah Khan, film producer and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity

The survey was designed to focus on three thematic areas: culture in the digital environment; transnational mobility of artists and flow of artistic works, social and economic rights; artistic freedom and gender equality.

Aligned with core policy issues addressed by the UNESCO Recommendation on the Status of the Artist, the online questionnaire is available for both UNESCO Member States and national and international non-governmental organizations with extensive experience working with artists and cultural professionals.

Adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in 1980, this Recommendation calls upon governments to improve the professional, social and economic status of artists through the implementation of policies and measures related to training, social security, employment, income and tax conditions, mobility, and freedom of expression.

The findings of the survey will be presented by the UNESCO Director-General to the 40th session of the General Conference in Autumn 2019.


If you have not received a password but wish to participate in the survey, please write to and then click here to access the questionnaire.

To read this call for participation in the survey on UNESCO’s website, please click here