Syria/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.2 Special artists funds

Most artists in Syria are affiliated to vocational and trade organizations (Artists Union, Fine Artists Association, Arab Writers Union, Journalists Association, etc).


The emergence of associations was basically associated with the higher level of education and the increasing number of university graduates of all specialties at the beginning of the current century. The Syrian constitution endorsed special provisions related to unions work stressing the right of every citizen to take part in the country political, economic, social, and cultural life. The constitution underlines the right of the public to create a union, social or vocational organizations ,or production or services associations. The laws established the framework of these organizations, set their purpose and organized their relations (article 45, part 2, chapter 1 of the Constitution). 


These organizations benefit from the affiliation fees of their members, in addition to other fees that go to their funds, and from the revenues generated from investing some of their facilities. This system allows members to enjoy some financial advantages (pension) but there is an ongoing heated debate about the type of support provided to members.  This debate often spreads to newspaper and magazine, which illustrates its public impact.


The support provided by these unions and associations for each of their members is as follows:

  • Journalists Association
  • Job nature allowance (400 Syrian pounds) for journalists employed by public institutions.
  • Telephone line (landline).
  • 50% discount on air tickets issued by Syrian Air.
  • Coverage by Journalists Pension Law.
  • Easy loans.
  • Plastic Artists Association
  • 50% discount on air tickets issued by Syrian Air.
  • A decision project that stipulates the founding of plastic artists’ pension fund was issued by the Syrian government’s cabinet in 15/11/2011. 
  • Artists Union (actors, musicians and directors)
  • Pension funds.
  • Health insurance (relative coverage).
  • 50% discount on air tickets issued by Syrian Air.
  • Telephone line (landline).
  • Colleagues funds.
  • Arab Writers Union
  • Pension funds.
  • 50% discount on air tickets issued by Syrian Air.
  • Telephone line (landline).

Chapter published: 09-05-2016


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