Chile/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

Employment in the cultural sector has been an area of great interest for the State of Chile, which has developed important initiatives of research and diagnosis on the subject, including employment newsletters developed under the Andrés Bello Convention, the research study Workers in the cultural sector in Chile (CNCA, 2004), and the information collected in the framework of the Satellite Culture Account y the Mapping of Creative Industries, projects which are still being developed by the Research Department of the National Council for Culture and the Arts. 

In relation to public policy for the cultural sector, it is necessary to mention the enactment of Law No. 19.889 during 2003, regulating the work and recruitment conditions of arts and performing arts employees (National Congress of Chile, 2003b). This Law lays down amendments to the Labour Code, defining basic conditions for the procurement of artistic services, and contemplating specificities relating to timetables, contract periods and work days. This Law promotes specific definitions especially in the area of artists and performing arts technicians, although the legal provisions could also apply to creative individuals in other fields.

On the other hand, it is possible to mention contestable funding (see previous chapters) as initiatives of professionalisation of the workers of the cultural sector. However, the State of Chile does not present other public initiatives specifically dedicated to employment in the field of arts and culture.


Chapter published: 28-12-2013