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Czech Republic/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

The Ministry of Culture gives 15 awards each year, two thirds of which are for artists (see also chapter 8.1.1).

There are hundreds of other awards handed out by cultural institutions, professional associations, foundations and other agencies. Many of these awards are intended for young artists. They include the JindÅ™ich Chalupecký Award, the Critics' Award for Young Painters, the NG 333 Award, the Václav Chada Award, and the Igor Kalný Award of the Zlín Salon of Young Artists, and the Award Start Point. Information about the wide spectrum of awards can be found at http://www.institutumeni.cz

Scholarships are supported under the State Programme for the Support of Creative and Study Scholarships (see also chapter 8.1). Many other subjects like the Czech Music Fund Foundation (http://www.nchf.cz), the Arts and Theatre Institute (for all fields of art) (http://www.institutumeni.cz), the Czech Literary Fund Foundation (literature and theatre) (http://www.nclf.cz), MeetFactory (visual arts) (http://www.meetfactory.cz), the Centre for Contemporary Arts Foundation (visual artists and curators) (http://www.fcca.cz), Tranzit (visual artists and curators) (http://www.tranzit.org), and others have their own scholarship programmes connected with residencies.

The conditions of grant procedures at the level of the state and municipalities are modified every year. Recently, topics focused on interdisciplinary projects (in the field of art and music) have emerged. The state grants for supporting exhibition projects (http://www.mkcr.cz) focus on young artists, theoreticians and curators up to the age of 35 years. The capital city of Prague has a similar programme offering one-year grants for young artists in all fields of art (http://kultura.praha-mesto.cz).

Some tools for supporting the mobility of artists are absent in the Czech Republic. There are no short-term travel grants, travel bursaries or any other similar grants like "go and see" grants or market development grants etc. Since 2013 the Arts and Theatre Institute has offered short-term travel grants, but again financially these are very limited (http://www.idu.cz/cs/idu-vypisuje-vyberove-rizeni-na-podporu-zahranicni).


Chapter published: 13-11-2013

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