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Czech Republic/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

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

Creative work is indirectly supported in the field of film under the Programme of Support for the Film industry (see also chapter 4.2.3).

Support for individual artists is very limited compared with the support for cultural institutions – the selection procedures of the Ministry of Culture are announced only for artists who have a trade licence in the field of culture, or support is given indirectly, for instance in the form of a grant for the support of publishing literary works, where the grant applicant is a publishing house and a fee is then passed to the author.

The only direct support for artists are awards and creative and study scholarships. The Ministry of Culture Awards are allocated for exceptional artistic creative or interpretative work or for long-term artistic merit in the field of the visual arts, architecture, theatre, music, product design and cinematography and audio-vision. The State Award for Literature and the State Award for Translation amount to 300 000 CZK, which is not subject to taxation. Contributions for creative or study purposes or state scholarships have been provided since 2008 according to the Act on Some Kinds of Support. Creative scholarships can be provided for a period of 6 months to 2 years with the possibility of extending this to 1 year. The outcome must be the creation of an artwork in conformity with the Copyright Act. The study scholarship includes a study residence for at least one month at a significant art, science or other specialised workplace. The study scholarship is offered to people up to the age of 35. Even though this is the only state instrument of support for the mobility of individual artists, since the programme started in 2008 its financial resources have been cut by more than 50%, so this is a very limited form of support.

Two semi-budgetary organisations of the MC are offering competitive grants in support for so-called short-term mobility in the form of individual trips. One is NIPOS, offering grants for amateur artists and amateur groups, and the other is the Arts and Theatre Institute, offering grants for artists in every field of the arts (except film) and for other experts in the arts such as curators, programme directors, etc.

Chapter published: 28-01-2016

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