As a worker, an artist needs a status that grants him rights and compels him to have certain obligations. Artists fall into two main categories: salaried workers (employed) and independent workers (freelance). Unfortunately, in most cases independent workers do not benefit from a real status.
This harsh reality is confirmed by a survey of the International Labour Office and the International Federation of Musicians (FIM) on The social situation of musical performers in Africa, Asia and Latin America, in which it is apparent that the status of musicians as independent workers entails great absence of social security, with the exception of Japan and Argentina. Precariousness is increasingly common among artists.