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Armenia/ 4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.2.1 Conceptual issues of policies for the arts

Currently, state financial support and volumes of film-making are increasing, although the sector still faces many challenges.

4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates

4.2.9 Employment policies for the cultural sector

Salaries of workers in cultural organisations remain lower than in education and health.

4. Current issues in cultural policy development and debate

4.3 Other relevant issues and debates

The website of the Ministry has been recently restructured, making it more informative, transparent and user-friendly

6.2 Public cultural expenditure

6.2.3 Sector breakdown

State support for culture increased significantly in 2012 and 2013 compared to preceding years.

7. Public institutions in cultural infrastructure

7.1 Cultural infrastructure: tendencies & strategies

Funds provided from the state budget to the organisation of cultural activities in Marzes in 2009-2011 increased by more than 14% due to decentralisation.

Armenia/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers

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

A special grant programme of the Armenian Ministry of Culture was created for individual artists, institutions and artists unions.

8.2 Cultural consumption and participation

8.2.1 Trends and figures

The number of visitors to museums rose steadily between 2010 and 2013, although book lending from libraries is in decline.

8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives

8.4.3 Associations of citizens, advocacy groups, NGOs and advisory panels

In recent years, civil society in Armenia has become much more active in the form of citizens' initiatives and public advocacy groups which are influencing cultural development.