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Austria/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support

Apart from direct grants for artists, Austrian laws offer a number of important instruments that support artists indirectly. These include grants, awards and scholarships, incentives to purchase artworks, various legal provisions in the context of social benefits and tax policies, various approaches with a view to the social security of artists, labour market measures, Copyright Law (e.g. storage media and public lending rights), the fostering of private art patronage through tax incentives and the deductions on private donations and sponsoring.

In the framework of the galley support through museum acquisitions three stakeholder in the area of art are supported: Museums, galleries and contemporary artists. The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery grants subsidies of EUR 36 500, this sum is to be increased to at least EUR 54 000 by the museums and to be used in Austrian galleries for purchases from Austrian artists or artists living in Austria. At least one third of this sum, i.e. EUR 18 000, is designated for the purchase of artworks from artists under the age of 40. The goal is a sustainable development for the artists, on the part of the participating museums as well as the galleries, with special attention to emerging artists and emerging galleries. The museums have to present the purchased artwork in exhibitions and on their websites.

Another support programme is the promotion of the participation of Austrian commercial galleries in art fairs abroad, to improve the opportunities for fine artists in the Austrian and international art market and to strengthen the international presence, reception and dissemination of contemporary Austrian art. With a budget of EUR 300 000 two types of art fairs are subsidised: there are nine renowned fairs andeach gallery can receive support for two participations each year. And there are eleven off- or less reputed fairs for engaged, but financially weaker galleries. Galleries are supported with a sum of EUR 4 000 for participation at two fairs per year. Due to the fact that applications are possible in both funding programmes, participationat four fairs per year can be subsidised. The support of participation at art fairs abroad intends anindirect support for Austrian or in Austria living artists:they have to be represented by at least 50% at the fairs.

Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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