• Dr.oec. Ieva Zemīte Latvian Academy of Culture, Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Latvia
  • Kristīne Freiberga Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia
  • Nadīna Medne Latvian Academy of Culture, Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies, Latvia



the status of creative persons, the recognition of artists, support for arts, fair pay in culture, cultural policy


The aim of this research is to define what kind of key challenges and implemented solutions regarding the artist status are common in Europe, and how to develop a systematic approach for artist recognition and support in the Baltic context. Using qualitative research methodology (desk research, qualitative interviews, focus group discussions) the authors analyze the current theoretical and empirical discussion in the European Union member states and especially in the Baltic countries, highlighting different practices and experiences in defining the status and recognition of the artist, and support systems that adjust for specific needs in different countries. Based on international experience, the authors develop suggestions relevant for forthcoming and long-awaited changes in different laws regarding the status of creative persons or professional creative organizations in several countries (Latvia, Estonia etc.). 

Supporting Agencies
The article has been written within the framework of the project “Cultural Capital as a Resource for the Sustainable Development of Latvia” / CARD (Nr. VPP-KM- LKRVA-2020/1-0003) funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia in the framework of the National Research Programme “Latvian Culture – a Resource for National Development” (2020–2022). The National Research Programme is administered by the Latvian Council of Science.


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