A multi-branched system of creative unions continues to function and operate mainly as professional unions. They obtain their main funds and material-technical bases, including buildings, from the state system, but administer material, social and professional matters themselves, without state interference at present. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and other central and local authorities, provide different kinds of organisational and financial supports to creative unions, involving their members in different national and international events and purchases products of their art and creativity at regular intervals.
Table 34: Professional artists’ unions in Azerbaijan
|Name of union||Year of establishment|
|Union of Azerbaijan Writers||1934|
|Union of Azerbaijan Composers||1934|
|Union of Azerbaijan Architects||1936|
|Union of Azerbaijan Artists||1940|
|Union of Azerbaijan Theatrical workers||1949|
|Union of Azerbaijan Cinematographers||1958|
|Union of Azerbaijan Journalists||1958|
|Union of Azerbaijan Ashıqs||1984|
|Union of Azerbaijan Musicians||1987|
|Union of Azerbaijan Designers||1988|
|Azerbaijan National Culinary Association||2005|
Source: Ministry of Culture and Tourism, 2016.