8.1.2 Special artists funds
Every year the Ministry of Culture organises special competitions to support artistic creativity. A special prize (Marin Držić Prize) to stimulate contemporary playwriting is awarded through a public competition. In addition to a monetary prize, a Croatian theatre stages the premiere of the prize-winning play. There is also a national prize to support modern Croatian composers to write music, but in this case the prize-winning works are not given their first public performance. Finally, there are competitions in filmmaking (by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre) and publishing (by the Ministry) to ensure continuous support to creativity in these fields.
Guest recitals held in smaller communities are additionally financed; the resources are allocated to musicians through a general annual competition. About 260 recitals are financed in this way every year, and each guest recital must include at least one work by a living Croatian composer.
Cultural institutions also offer support. An example is the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, which occasionally and in addition to its regular activities requests special resources for commissioning a new Croatian opera.
Finally, the Ministry issues special decisions to approve support. In 2002, the expenses of performers for acquiring copyright and for buying music scores are compensated. Issues regarding collective rights management are discussed in chapter 5.1.7.