HeART- HElping ARTists of EUrope Survive As Freelancers and Entrepreneurs
An Erasmus+ project that aims to protect Young Artists from unemployment and poverty.
Grant Agreement Number: 2020-1-UK01-KA227-YOU-094512
Funded by: Erasmus+ Duration: 1/3/2021 – 28/2/2023
Although the EU has been recovering from the high unemployment rates of recent years, the lockdown and consequences of COVID-19 had a significant counterimpact. Research shows that ‘Art and Leisure’ suffered most by the measures taken to tackle the Pandemic. The COVID-19 crisis hit young individuals the most, with a devastating impact on youth employment, according to the International Labour Organisation. Before the pandemic, EU youth employment was 14.9%; in August 2020 it stood at 17.6%, and is expected to rise still (European Parliament, 2020). Greece saw a surge from 31.7% youth unemployment in March to 39.3% in June; while Ireland, Italy and Cyprus face similar challenges (Statista, 2020). Artists and especially Young Artists, who have not yet gained recognition, or a wide network and clientele, need opportunities to gain exposure and broaden their audience to be able to support themselves from their work. Also, they need to fortify their psychological capacity in order to cope with the uncertainty and traumatic experiences as a result of unemployment.
HeART aims to support artists to acquire skills and strategies that will help them promote and market their work successfully by developing training – a toolkit for Young Artists – and policy guidelines to support the creative sector in partner countries.