The Arts Professions Act
Starting June 1, 2010 written contracts are now required between artists and anyone wanting to engage, contract, hire or enlist their services. This is prescribed in The Arts Professions Act (Loi sur les professions artistiques). The Act also provides a list of basic elements that must be in a contract. Written contracts are an effective business practice as they help solidify the relationship by providing a clear understanding of the business transaction. By protecting both parties, written contracts enhance the business relations by making business more straightforward and profitable.
Beyond enforcing written contracts the Act also: recognizes the artist as a professional; provides a definition of a "professional artist"; promotes the valuable contributions artists, art and creativity make to society and the economy; recognizes the importance of fair compensation to professional artists; requires government to adhere to the act; and repeals The Status of the Artist Act.
The Act is one component of the Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport's plan to implement the new cultural policy, Pride of Saskatchewan.
To implement the new legislation, the Government of Saskatchewan worked closely with industry associations to develop a comprehensive, tailored and needs-based educational and awareness strategy. The goal is to enhance contract knowledge and use among artists and those who hire, engage or contract their services. Tools have been developed, including contract templates, workshops and checklists, that will help enhance contracting skills in the sector, which are listed below:
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