French social agency has mission to support artists

Artist Ben Brotherton
Ben Brotherton found the set-up complex with MDA but says benefits can be better

Despite its name, La Maison des Artistes is not a bar, a studio or a gallery about the history of the great masters... it is the social security organisation that works on behalf of artists.

Think Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne or Gauguin and you think of great French artists who died penniless... today La Maison des Artistes (MDA) works to prevent that.

It collects social security, pension and healthcare contributions from freelance graphic and modern artists, and/or from their employers. That includes people who paint, draw, produce models of original designs for textiles, paper, table sets, engravings, sculptures, wallpaper, mural textiles, graphics and original ceramics, or works on brass.

MDA works with Agessa, the social security organisation which does the same ...

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