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What has the Omscholingsregeling to offer to freelancers?

No time to read the whole article? Here are the main points:

Freelancers can:

  • be eligible for reimbursement of study costs during or after their dancing career, up to a maximum of € 10,000
  • be eligible for a full study and income allowance, i.e. reimbursement of study costs and a monthly allowance to facilitate the studies
  • request advice about their career, free of charge and at any time in their career
  • pay double premiums for short contracts, in order to claim allowances sooner
  • pay premiums for work that fell through due to injury or illness
  • pay premiums for projects abroad
All professional dancers can call on the services of the Omscholingsregeling, including freelancers. Questions about your career are answered expertly by the careers advisors of the scheme. Sometimes you might want more intensive career counselling, which is also something the Omscholingsregeling’s careers advisors can help you with. You can get advice at any time in your career and it is free of charge.

Anyone wishing to claim reimbursement of study costs or a study allowance must meet the conditions; i.e. they must have paid a certain number of premiums during their dancing career. Freelancers can pay premiums too. The premium amounts to four percent of the monthly income. Anyone receiving a fee instead of a salary will pay four percent of that fee. The number of premiums concerned is calculated on the basis of the number of days worked. Twenty days of work count as one premium.

Generally speaking, companies pay part (3%) of the premium. This applies at least to the dancers they employ. Freelance dancers must pay that percentage themselves and therefore include it in their negotiations with the client as an extra payment or as part of the fee! Here in the Netherlands, clients are often prepared to transfer the extra payment for the premium contribution (in part) to you, or to pay it directly to the Omscholingsregeling for you.

Conditions and possibilities
The same conditions for financial support apply to all dancers. They must have built up a certain number of premiums and danced for a certain number of years.

A dancer who has paid 60 premiums is eligible for reimbursement of study costs to a maximum of ten thousand Euros, which can be used during the dancing career already. For a full study and income allowance, someone must have danced for at least ten years and paid at least 96 premiums during that period. A study and income allowance consists of reimbursement of the study costs and a monthly allowance to facilitate the studies. A similar allowance can be used for starting up your own business.

So it is important to build up premiums. One benefit is that the premiums are tax-deductible.

It is possible to pay twelve premiums a year – one premium for each month of work. In many cases, dancers who are employees automatically pay twelve premiums a year. However, this is not always a matter of course for people who work on short-term projects and sometimes work on projects abroad as well. It then takes longer to build up premiums compared to dancers who work on a contract of employment for a whole year.

This is why adjustments to the Omscholingsregeling have been made especially for freelancers, making it easier for them to meet the conditions.

Adjustments to the scheme for freelancers
  1. Dancers involved in several short projects can pay double premiums in that year. If they work for six months, for example, they can pay six extra premiums. Or four months’ work entitles them to four extra premiums, etc.
  2. Freelance dancers living in the Netherlands and doing occasional projects abroad can also pay premiums over those periods. This used to be the case only when a dancer had already paid at least sixty premiums in the Netherlands.
  3. Another new regulation is that freelancers can pay premiums for a project that fell through due to disability for work. Freelancers who cannot work on a project because of illness or injury do not receive payment. In such a case, it is possible to pay premiums for the period(s) concerned as if the dancer had been working.
These adjustments have made the scheme more accessible for freelancers. The Omscholingsregeling provides customisation and is continually working on improvements. If you have any ideas about how the scheme can be optimised for freelance dancers, let us know. You can send us an e-mail, call us or make an appointment.

If you know any dancers who are not yet part of the scheme, please send this newsletter on to them. And if you have any questions regarding the newsletter or in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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