8.1.4 Support to professional artists associations or unions
According to the Law on Professional Artists and Artists' Unions, the government supports 11 national artists' unions to help them "execute their legal tasks"; in 2012, UAH 9 225 400 or EUR 0.9 million was budgeted for this purpose. Artists' unions use government subsidies to provide their members with scholarships, financial assistance, support in the event of illness or death, grants (or partially paid vouchers) for members to spend time at special centres (e.g. in Yalta, Koktebel in Crimea or Odessa and Irpin near Kyiv for writers and translators), art meetings, exhibitions, parties, cultural programmes as well as for the maintenance of artists' houses, centres and administration.
The government approved a Resolution (#535, as of May 17, 2012) which states that professional artists associations and their regional centres should pay for public services by tariffs established for the residents and not for enterprises.