Describe the main features of the measure/initiative:
In the project, which lasted four years, Asociacija produced many different activities, which can be categorised into different groups: - Advocacy – the network sent almost 100 proposals to change laws concerning artists and CSOs in the field of culture. Some of its proposals have been implemented; - Public debates – regarding its advocacy papers, Asociacija organised different public debates and events; - Workshops – it organised different workshops for artists and CSOs in the field of culture regarding administrative and other obligations; - Service – complementary to the workshops, Asociacija ran a service where individual assistance for artists and CSOs in the field of culture was provided, regarding administrative, legal and similar questions; - Informative role – Asociacija informed the members and the broader public of its activities and about opportunities regarding calls to bid or submit proposals by artists and CSOs in the field of culture.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the measure/initiative?:
Asociacija has influenced changes in some important laws concerning artists and CSOs (the network managed to increase sick leave for self-employed artists; a law was adopted that implements that every public investment should earmark a certain percent of the investment for art; it won a court dispute that improved the social transfer of artists, etc.) in the field of culture. There are also some other laws that were adopted but are now not being implemented. In this sense, the decision-maker, politicians and the Ministry of Culture, should be more sensitive to the arguments raised by independent institutions and researchers. Another problem is that there is also a great amount of legislation that Asociacija has not been able to change despite it having submitted evidence-based arguments that it firmly believes in. Due to the programme, the independent arts scene has better working conditions and has an advocacy organisation that can help with different problems concerning everything from very concrete legal question to more long-term advocacy themes.