Kulturrat Österreich Cultural Council of Austria promotes cultural, educational, media and socio-political debates.
The Austrian Cultural Council
- is a consortium of the associations representing the interests of art, cultural and media workers
- is a platform for shared cultural policy concerns and objectives
- represents common interests to politics, media and administration
- connects to European and global organizations and networks (e.g. Culture Action Europe, European Council of Artists)
The Austrian Cultural Council consists of an executive board (one representative per member assosiation), a consulting committee and a coordinating office (one part-time employee).
Member associations: ASSITEJ Austria, Dachverband der Filmschaffenden, Gewerkschaft Kunst, Medien, Sport, freie Berufe, IG Bildende Kunst, IG Freie Theaterarbeit, IG Kultur Österreich, konsortium.Netz.kultur, Musikergilde, Österreichischer Musikrat, Übersetzergemeinschaft, Verband freier Radios Österreich, Voice – Verband der Sprecher und Darsteller.
Politics and Reality
# Increase of the budget for contemporary art to 0,5% of the national budget
# Implementation of the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity and orientation of cultural policy actions to its contents
# More transparency and reliability in art/cultural and media funding and its administration
Existence and Survival
# No repayment demands from the Artists’ Social Security Fund
# Immediate measures for art, cultural and media producers
# Equal social rights for all, regardless of nationality
# Secure livelihood must not be predicated on wage labor – unconditional basic income for all
Equal Rights for All!
# Immediate annulment of the Settlement and Residence Law and the downgrading of the residence law status of artists and scholars – right of residence for everyone
# Reformulation of the funding regulations to include anti-discrimination criteria
# Proactive funding for marginalized or under-represented sections of society also from the budget for art, culture and media
Intellectual Property Rights, Commons and Copyright
# Respect and safeguarding of intellectual property rights and adequate compensation for the use of the rights of authors, introduction of a copyright contract law
# Immediate abolishment of the cessio legis by which, contrary to EU guidelines, all rights are ceded to the producer, and a reform of film copyright laws
# Support for current artistic work with revenues from the use of works in the public domain (“Mozart penny”)
# Assurance of free access to knowledge and information and guaranteed right to private copying
# Fulfillment of the cultural and educational mandate in the radio, TV and online offers of the public service broadcasting institution ORF
# Expansion of the financial support and infrastructure for a self-determined media culture
# Public funding for information and communication technologies for non-commercial use for art, culture and education
# Breakup of the media cartels and no further power for Komm-Austria (Austrian Communications Authority)
ActivitiesThe Austrian Cultural Council
- opens, promotes and publishes debates on cultural, educational, media and social policies
- provides space for differentiated positions and content
- promotes a diversity of opinions and emancipatory participation in art, culture and media as a cultural policy principle
- takes an active part in the formation of cultural policy positions and strategy development
Activities include publications, conferences, public events, lobbying, public relations .
Contact person: Clemens Christl
Gumpendorfer Str. 63 b