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Armenia/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions

The government supports and promotes music and theatre arts through the purchase of works of art and social-creative orders (started in 2001), which mainly pursues two aims: the first aim is to include works by modern artists in the repertoire of theatrical-concert organisations and the second aim is to improve the social conditions of the workers. However, these funds are not sufficient yet to implement the above mentioned goals and there is a need to expand the framework of the state purchase of works involving other fields of art, such as fine arts, choreography and photography.

Table 6:     Indices of the social-creative orders, 2006-2009 state support

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

 

N.

Price (AMD)

N.

Price (AMD)

N.

Price (AMD)

N.

Price (AMD)

Music works

2

2 000 000

4

6 300 000

 

13 147 000

 

10 855 000

Drama works

16

39 200 000

18

3 720 000

 

81 910 000

 

73 529 500

Total

18

41 200 000

22

43 500 000

 

95 057 000

 

84 384 500

Source:     Ministry of Culture of RA.

Table 7:     Indices on purchase of musical and dramatic works, 2006-2009

 

2006

2007

2008

2009

 

N.

Price (AMD)

N.

Price (AMD)

N.

Price (AMD)

N.

Price (AMD)

Purchase of dramatic works

2

500 000

2

500 000

2

600 000

14

1 684 003

Purchase of musical works

11

3 000 000

10

5 000 000

17

5 900 000

12

3 000 000

Total

13

3 500 000

12

5 500 000

19

6 500 000

26

4 684 003

Source:     Ministry of Culture of RA.

Taking into account the significant number of artists involved in the creative unions (Union of Composers and Musicologists – 125 members, Theatrical Workers' Union – 708 members, Artists' Union – 1 092 members, Choreographers' Union – 50 members, Cinematographers' Union – 171 members), as well as those working in the 40 state theatrical-concert organisations, the present number of social-creative orders are not adequate yet to fulfil their mission.

At present, the following creative unions operate in the Republic of Armenia:

  • Writers' Union of Armenia;
  • Artists' Union of Armenia;
  • Composers' Union of Armenia;
  • Architects' Union of Armenia;
  • Theatre Workers' Union of Armenia;
  • Cinematographers' Union of Armenia;
  • Designers' Union of Armenia; and the
  • Journalists' Union of Armenia.

The total number of members in the unions is more than 4 750.

The Ministry of Culture does not subsidise these unions annually; instead, state support is carried out only by full or partial financing of applications.

The Ministry of Culture also funds the replenishment of museum and library collections. In 2010, libraries in Armenia received about 67 502 books, and museum collections received 34 797 objects.


Chapter published: 22-05-2015

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