8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
In most cases, artists' associations or federations benefit from subsidies for their activities and operation. These associations are well represented in the area of performing arts: performing arts, theatre for children and youth, jazz, rock, choreography and the programming of shows.
In the field of books, publishers' associations, public librarian associations and public libraries are supported.
In the area of fine arts and museums, creators' associations in arts and crafts and museums are supported.
Artists' residencies are multiplying and now fall within the government contract-programmes of the large artistic institutions and most of the arts centres that have an adequate infrastructure.
Most arts groups are amateur arts associations, of which only a few have achieved a semi-professional status. Most of the cultural players in the German-speaking Community operate in an honorary capacity. Organisations that operate full time are mainly in the area of organising cultural events and museums, but many still rely on financial support from the German-speaking Community.