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Austria/ 7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure  

7.1 Cultural infrastructure: tendencies & strategies

Public responsibilities for cultural affairs have been re-allocated by sector to different institutions or bodies. Depending on the allocated tasks and responsibilities, different models of institutions or partnerships have been adopted.

In 1989, KulturKontakt was founded by the former Ministry for Culture and Arts, as an autonomous association to bring the arts and business communities together. In 2004, the Austrian Cultural Service GmbH (formerly Austrian Cultural Service / ÖsterreichischerKulturservice (ÖKS)) and the Cultural Promotion Office (BürofürKulturvermittlung) were merged into one organisational structure with KulturKontakt Austria (KKA). KulturKontakt Austria is a non-profit, European competence and resource centre for cultural education in Austrian schools, international educational cooperation particularly with Eastern and Southeast Europe and the Artist-in Residence programme for artists from abroad. The principal funding bodies of KulturKontakt Austria are the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women's Affairs and the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

The Music Information Centre "Mica – Music Austria" was founded in 1994 on the initiative of the Austrian government as an independent, voluntary association. The objectives of the association are the preparation of information on live music in Austria as well as research into the field of contemporary music; the support of contemporary musicians living in Austria through counselling and information; the dissemination of domestic music-making through promotion at home and abroad as well as the improvement of the general conditions for music making in Austria. Mica is supported by the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery and by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.

The Austrian Film Institute (previously Austrian Film Promotion Fund) was established with a separate legal personality, according to amendments made to the Film Promotion Act in 1998. It is responsible for structural changes to the Austrian film industry, support to film production, and stimulation as well as improving the quality of Austrian film culture. The Film Institute is headed by a manager and a board of trustees, whose duties are defined in the Film Promotion Act. The institute operates like a fund as it receives its money directly from the federal level according to the legal provisions.

Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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