Coronavirus: extension of the measures for artists

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)

The ONEm/RVA announces on its website the extension of various measures relating to unemployment benefits for artists.

  • As regards the reference periods of 12 months and 18 months to determine entitlement to unemployment benefits for artists:

The reference periods of 12 or 18 months are suspended during the period of 13 March 2020 up to and including 30 September 2021. They are also suspended between 1 January and 31 March 2022.

  • As regards the waiting period:

Employees are eligible to unemployment benefits without having to fulfil the waiting period conditions if they provide proof that between 13 March 2019 and 30 September 2021 and between 1 January and 31 March 2022 they have performed:

  • either at least 10 artistic activities, provided that social security contributions were withheld for these activities;
  • or at least 10 technical activities in the arts sector, provided that social security contributions were withheld for these activities;
  • or artistic and/or technical activities corresponding to at least 20 days of activity.




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