8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
Until the end of 2000, professional artists associations were treated as national institutions and were completely financed (salaries, running costs, annual programmes etc.) by the Ministry of Culture.
Pursuant to the government policy of reducing the number of employees in public administration and in accordance with the Law on Citizens' Associations and Foundations, professional artists associations are now treated as civil associations i.e. only their projects that are funded.
For several years there has been an annual open competition for artists (e.g. musicians, painters, art historians etc.) to spend time (usually a month per artist) at the Macedonian atelier in Cité International des Arts in Paris.