Whether you are a dancer, designer, musician, sculptor, app builder, lighting technician, production manager, art education teacher, photographer or animator. The Kunstenbond is here for you.

The Kunstenbond is for all creative individuals in the Netherlands who share a passion for creating.  A beautiful passion to us, but what about the reward? A fair income for all creators makes sense, yet this often is not the reality. We want to change that.

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A full membership includes:

  • A maximum of 20 hours of legal support per year (depending on the length of your membership, with a minimum of 3 hours)
  • Free use of our tax services for employees (for freelancers € 85,-)
  • Free use of our debit services (up until €350,-)
  • One-time free business advice per year

Certainties with a full membership

The Kunstenbond has your back: Our (legal) advisors support, advise and, if necessary, take legal action when requested by you. With a full membership you are directly entitled to 3 hours of legal support after which you will build up legal hours per half year to a maximum of 20 hours.

Always answers to your question

Our frontline helpdesk can inform you on questions concerning income, intellectual property, music contracts, employment, and social security. They can also screen contract and other agreements.

Apart from that the Kunstenbond provides business advice on your start-up, rate, disability insurance and portfolio.

Employee or freelancer; become a member and place yourself in a stronger position.

We Can:

  • Influence your terms of employment
  • Support you in future conflicts with your employer or client
  • Help you with personal injury when involved in a conflict
  • Provide a good collective labor agreement for your sector
  • Provide personal business advice
  • Provide substantial discounts insurances.


A basic membership costs €22,50 a month. However, there is a tax arrangement in place which means you can get a part of your membership fee up to 40% of the amount you pay annually back, either from your employer or via your operating costs as a freelancer.

If you have an income below the legal minimum, you are eligible for a reduced rate of €16,50 a month. Let us know if you qualify for the reduced rate by uploading a copy of your most recent income of tax return.

Additionally, there are other ways to save some money on your membership:

  • Image creators and private copying levy
    Visual artists, illustrators, photographers, animators and anyone who registers in our vakgroepen Beeldend/Visual or Dutch Animation Motion Design communities, is to receive a sum of € 30, – per year on his or her bank account for private copying levy via the Kunstenbond. Pictoright, the foundation for visual royalties, collects this sum, and, in turn, The Kunstenbond collects it from them. Distribution of these royalties directly to artists and makers is one of the spearheads of the Kunstenbond.
  • Cao Nederlandse Podia (Collective Agreement Dutch Performing Arts Centers)
    Are you employed by a performing arts center using the Cao Nederlandse Podia and are you a member of the Kunstenbond? Then you are entitled to an extra year-end bonus of 0.5% of your salary.
  • Cao Poppodia en Festivals (Collective Agreement Music Venues and Festivals)
    Are you employed by a music venue or festival using the Cao Poppodia en Festivals and are you thinking of becoming a member of the Kunstenbond? Then you can reclaim the full first year membership fee from your employer.


Since June 1st, 2018, the Ntb (Nederlandse Toonkunstenaarsbond) has merged with the Kunstenbond. If you are a musician or are active in the music sector, you will automatically become a member of the music / Ntb department.

Music authors/COMPOSERS and VCTN

Are you a music author or composer registered with Buma/Stemra and decide to become a member of the Kunstenbond / Ntb? In this case your interests are directly represented by the Association of Composers and Lyricists (VCTN), an initiative of the Kunstenbond / Ntb.