The ‘Artists Status’ is a generalistic container expression for 5 rules in the unemployment benefit system (UBS). Five rules out of 180 existing rules in the UBS that make a world of difference for artists. The Artists Status, a 'simple' step-by-step plan:
STEP 1 - Admissibility
Artists can also prove this via a so called ‘salary per task’:
Amount of the unemployment benefit fee, 2 options:
Please note: if you were working abroad, you must then work in Belgium for 13 weeks/3 months (this used to be 1 day, but this condition has been aggravated) before being able to apply for an unemployment benefit fee.
Except if you had retained your normal residence in Belgium. For example you were a ‘frontier worker’. (You come back daily or at least weekly).
No 3 months:
A. if you have worked (and were subject to) your employment in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, while maintaining your habitual residence (also known as the "center of your interests") in Belgium:
- or you are a frontier worker, meaning: you return daily, at least weekly;
- or you are temporarily staying in the other country; you return after your employment has ended; upon return you can still have your foreign periods taken into account immediately. If you choose to apply for benefits first and look for work there, you must first exhaust your entitlement to export benefits.
B. if you were employed abroad as a seconded wage earner (since this is Belgian work in the field of social security).
Vzw (ASBL)/non-profit organisation
Beware of being a board member of a non-profit organization: you are allowed to be a board member of a non-profit organization for your own limited artistic activity. However, there is a very restrictive interpretation. We therefore advise against being a board member of a non-profit organization and only a member of the General Assembly.
Artists United has pleaded for some time to abandon this restrictive interpretation and to make it possible for artists to sit on the board of directors a an artistic non-profit organization.
STEP 2 - Benefit rule (Neutralization rule)
Have you descended to the second period? Return to the first period
you can return to the first period. The parameter is the same as for the Benefit Rule: Proving 156 days (of which at least 104 are artistic). Then you return to the first period. At the end of that first period you can try again to prove the Benefit Rule.
STEP 3 - Extension of the Benefit Rule
Extension of the Benefit Rule / Neutralization Rule: you can extend the Benefit Rule with 3 artistic performances / days. If at the end of the previously extended period (see step 2) you can prove that you have done at least 3 artistic days / performances, your period will be extended again by 12 months.
This can be extended year after year.
STEP 4 – NAJO
What if I also do non-artistic work?
STEP 5 - income NOT wages & author’s rights
Beware with income not equal to wage such as income as an independent worker. That can cause your benefit fee to descend or even to have to pay back your benefit fee.
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