The "Outstanding Artist Award for Women’s Culture" and the "Outstanding Artist Award for Intercultural Dialogue" have been awarded since 2010.
4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts
Cultural policy currently focuses primarily on the support of contemporary art. Since 2009 90 interdisciplinary start scholarships for young artists have been awarded (35 for music, performing arts and dance, 15 for literature, 10 for fine art, 10 for architecture and design and five each for artistic photography, video and media art and fashion and film) with a total support amount of some EUR 600 000 per year. In addition, the artistic-support budget was raised. Also more than 60 scholarships abroad were awarded in various branches: there are scholarships to studios abroad for fine artists in Beijing, Chengdu, Chicago, Istanbul, Krumau, Mexico City, New York, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Tokyo and Yogyakarta; and scholarships abroad for photographers in Rome, London, Paris and New York. Trainee scholarships for cultural managers and post-graduate further education scholarships abroad for dancers benefit young artists from these branches. "TISCHE", a six-month scholarship programme, promotes the professional and practical experience of young architects with a stay in a well-known architect's office abroad.
In the framework of a pilot project, "Network Call 2010", to internationalise the domestic cultural landscape, the cultural minister provided funds of EUR 200 000 for innovative cultural projects in 2010 (17 at 13 locations) in Austrian cultural forums abroad (in addition to the expenditures of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, that actually is responsible for cultural policy abroad).
In 2009 an evaluation of the support for fairs abroad and the focus on young galleries and artists resulted in a EUR 100 000 budget increase. In addition, alongside artists from the field of fine arts, those from the field of dance were also invited to the "Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean".
The "Outstanding Artist Awards" have likewise been awarded annually since 2009, with prize money of EUR 8 000 each, to artists from the branches of photography, video and media art, fine art, graphic art / cartoon, music, literature, children's and young people's literature, film, fashion, dance / performing arts, experimental tendencies in architecture and multidisciplinarity. The "Outstanding Artist Award for Women's Culture" (since 2010) honours art and cultural work that contributes to strengthening the position of women in public life. The "Outstanding Artist Award for Intercultural Dialogue" (also since 2010) for artistic and cultural achievements that contribute to the understanding of people living in Austria from different countries of origin.
To promote cooperation between film and television, the Film / Television Agreement was agreed between the Austrian Film Institute and the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation for the first time in 1981. The objective is to provide television support in particular for the making of Austrian films. With the renewal of the Film / Television Agreement in 2011, annual funding for the Austrian film industry was raised from the previous EUR 5.9 million to EUR 8 million per year (guaranteed until 2013). Grant approvals are awarded by the Austrian Film Institute or in the framework of the "Innovation and New Talent Funding" programme of another public film promotion office.