8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
The Lithuanian Association of Artists was founded in 1995. It aims to coordinate co-operation of the art creators and their organisations in Lithuania, to represent the interests of professional Lithuanian artists and writers in Europe. Members (12) of the Association are art, design, music, architecture, journalism etc. organisations in Lithuania. The activity of the Association is coordinated by the Council, which consists of the delegated members from each organisation. The Association functions according to the Law on Lithuanian Art Creators' and their Organisations and is a member of the European Council of Artists (ECA).
The state finances various activities of the Association, providing money for specific art programmes / projects, which are submitted by the Association to the Ministry of Culture. The annual plans of the Ministry have a special budget line for financing of the Association (1 300 000 LTL in 2012).