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Cyprus/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

Measures include, but are not limited to:

  • State literary awards and awards for children's / youth literature and illustration;
  • Honorary Monthly Grants;
  • Grants for studies in contemporary Cypriot culture; or
  • Purchases for the State Collection of Contemporary Cypriot Art.

The Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture support film directors, producers, musicians and other cultural professionals for participating in various educational seminars and laboratories abroad. 

On the basis of the Council of Ministers decision No. 67.949 dated 12/11/2008, the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation has undertaken the management and operation of the Programme for the Development of Musical Talents, which functions at a pilot stage within the context of the String Music Workshop for a small number of children (about 30 children). In May 2012, a Contract was signed between the Ministry of Education and Culture and an experienced professional teacher for the provision of additional services for  the Programme, aiming at covering the instruction requirements of around 100 children (lessons in violin, viola, cello, contrabass and chamber music). Moreover the Cyprus Symphony Youth Orchestra operates the Music Workshop in which experienced musicians teach young musicians the respective music instruments of the Orchestra. 

Furthermore, Cultural Services operate a system of monthly honorary grants which based on certain criteria are awarded to people of the Letters and the Arts who have completed 63 years old.  In this context, Cultural Services are also responsible for the Excellence Awards in Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Support to artists is also provided in the context of cultural diplomacy and the operation of Cypriot Cultural Centres abroad (see chapter 3.4). 

Chapter published: 05-10-2015

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