Mr SMART

Julek Jurowicz is a bit of a celebrity in my circle. He co-founded SMART - a non profit organisation which handles contracts for artists and other people working on short contracts. Thanks to SMART people like me don't have to pay through the nose or suffocate under a pile of paperwork in order to work independently. They also publish helpful guides, provide trainings and fight for the rights of those on short term contracts. It's not perfect - there is still a fair amount of paperwork and my salary is not always paid quite on time...but all in all, it's a great idea/help that is being rolled out in France and will no doubt spread further. Julek is ridiculously busy and has been doing this for 20 years but still lights up when discussing the latest fight with the national employment agency involving artists' right to subsidies. Sam the dog is the office mascot.

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