Grants for artists are a new concept in the state support system. The on Grants (April 1998) regulates economic and legal relations for the issuing, receipt and use of grants. Some of the grants available for artists are given by the Open Society Institute – Azerbaijan and other humanitarian foundations. Their activities are directed towards the exchange of artists, musicians and art critics with foreign countries, including travel grants, which enable cultural workers to participate in seminars, conferences and festivals abroad, and to receive research grants in the field of social sciences, including culture and art.
Targeted support for certain art forms is an approved approach to cultural financing in the Republic of Azerbaijan. The following resolutions of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan provide direct support to particular artists or groups: On measures to improve the activity of the Symphony Orchestra of Azerbaijan; On pensions for persons engaged in creative activity in Azerbaijan; On presidential stipends for talented young people included in the “Gold Book”; On improvement of social welfare provision for members of the ballet troupe at the Azerbaijan State Opera and Ballet Theatre; On personal stipends to young writers of the Republic of Azerbaijan; On improvement of social welfare provision for the Azerbaijan State Choir Chapel; On improved social welfare for the workers of the Azerbaijan State Dance Ensemble; On establishment of grants of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan for prominent figures in the arts; On establishment of individual pensions of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan etc. The system of governmental awards such as the People’s Artist etc. plays an important role in a moral and material sense.