Sociaal Fonds Podiumkunsten - EN

what we do



our own courses

You can find our offer of training here. Some courses are also given in English. Questions or suggestions for courses are always welcome at or via our colleagues Marjolein Ools and Christa Criel.

Organisations can also request courses specifically for their own staff. These on-demand training courses are held inside your organisation.

We provide financial support for course participation: the training credit.

  • Individuals have a maximum of 600 euro per year available as training credit. You can use this for our courses or those of other training organisations.
  • Organisations can request up to 7,500 euro per year.

third-party training

Employers who are in pc 304 can also claim back from us the cost of training organised by third parties. For this, we require an invoice and a certificate of attendance. Applications should be made via

colleague groups

Several times a year, we bring together colleagues who exercise the same functions for group discussions on topics that they choose themselves. Currently, there are three colleague groups: 

career coaching: INTER.MEZZO

We offer career coaching for the performing arts sector. Our coaches know the sector and act as a sounding board for questions about careers. They help people to reach the point where they can independently and actively steer their own careers.

who for?

  • performing artists: dancers, actors, musicians, singers, circus artists...
  • everyone else with a function in the performing arts sector: technicians, front office, dramatists, producers, logistics staff, business managers...


There are two ways of accessing our career coaching:

  • career vouchers: The main requirement is that the participant should be an employee or self-employed at the time of the application and can demonstrate at least seven year of work experience. More details at Those who are entitled to these vouchers should contact our coaches directly. However, you can only use the vouchers for coaching given in Dutch.
  • If the participant cannot claim vouchers, but is active in the performing arts sector, then he or she may be able to access our own sectoral budget. Or if you are working within the Belgian music sector (at least one year in the past three years) you might be eligible for the funding we received from Live2020. For these options, please contact

In either case, a personal contribution of 45 euros is required for four hours’ coaching, which can be extended once by a further three hours.


financial benefits and social agreements

supplementary pension

Since 2006, employers in our sector have been paying an additional 1.5% of gross salaries to the National Social Security Office (RSZ-ONSS). Through this levy, the sector provides for a supplementary pension.

This sectoral pension is in the form of an Ethias group insurance scheme. To qualify for the supplementary pension, the person must have worked in the sector for at least 130 days during his professional life.

Everyone can check their current pension status at At the time the pension falls due, Ethias automatically contacts the pensioner.

supplementary bonus for artists

In addition to the sectoral supplementary pension, there is an extra supplementary bonus for artists. Since 2008, the Flemish authorities have set aside a budget for this payment, which is shared out among all the artists. Account is taken of their age and their gross earnings. Entitlement is automatic.

year-end bonus

Employees of subsidised organisations are entitled to a gross year-end bonus of 600 euros (2019 figure) if your contract(s) last longer then 4 months. If you worked with contract shorter then 4 months, we will pay the year-end bonus which was € 1.150 gross for 1,5 FTE in 2019 for the periode of 1st January 2018 until 30th June 2019.

trade union bonus

Those who are working for subsidised organisations and are members of a trade union are entitled to a trade union bonus. This sum, which covers part of their union dues, was 65 euros in 2019. We send all workers an application form for this during the month of September. They can then pass the form on to their trade union.

collective agreements

In our sector, various collective agreements have been signed between workers’ and employers’ organisations. The most important and comprehensive one is on pay and labour values.

The accompanying job descriptions are available as a brochure in Dutch, French or English. Copies can be requested free of charge from Sigrid Smellinckx at

In addition, the social partners have signed quite a few other collective agreements, more details.


internships and vacancies

We provide an up-to-date listing of all vacancies and internships in the performing arts sector in Flanders and Dutch-speaking Brussels. You can check it out here.

We can also answer your questions about what kinds of internship are possible or how to draw up a vacancy notice.


safety and well-being

We run various projects dealing with safety and well-being. But they are mostly in Dutch:


cultural diversity

Through these projects, we are working to improve cultural diversity in our sector:


SPRKR stands for SPReeKuuR, the Dutch word for “consultation time”. At SPRKR, we receive artists with various different frames of reference and/or artists involved in contemporary art forms that are not often found in the field of regular, subsidised art.

In principle, as well as artists, organisations, groups or collectives can take part in SPRKR.

We hold discussions so as to gain a thorough understanding of the participants’ situation and needs. Then we give advice. It can range from referrals or knowledge-sharing to joint drafting or support for a particular project.

Do you fit the target group profile for SPRKR or are you interested in having a talk? Contact Shari Legbedje,

On the cultural diversity side, we are also working on these two projects, mainly in Dutch:

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