Development of culture and art is among the priority areas of state support to non-governmental organisations, according to the Concept of State Support to Non-governmental Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan (№ 2288 of July 27, 2007).
Council of State Support to Non-Governmental Organisations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan functioned from 13 December 2007. However, analysis and summarisation of the results of state support for non-governmental organisations made it necessary to build activities in this area on a more sophisticated basis and improve regulatory mechanisms for their active participation in the life of the state and society. As a result, Presidential Decree № 1317 of April 19, 2021, established a public legal entity, the “Agency of State Support to Non-Governmental Organisations of the Republic of Azerbaijan”.
The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, which operates in education, health, cultural, social and other fields since 2004, are among the main non-governmental actors influencing cultural policy in the country. The Foundation actively participates in the preservation, restoration and use of cultural values and historical and cultural monuments, the implementation of musical projects, the organisation of art festivals and exhibitions.
The Union of Azerbaijan Writers, Union of Azerbaijan Composers, Union of Azerbaijan Artists, Union of Azerbaijan Theatrical Workers, Union of Azerbaijan Ashıqs, and Union of Cinematographers are among the most proactive non-governmental organisations. They play a significant consultative and lobbying role in corresponding spheres of culture and arts as well as concerning ethics and cultural rights.