The Arts Decree of 13 December 2013 is the main legislative framework for supporting the professional arts in the Flemish Community (see 1.3.2, 1.3.3, 3.4, 5.4, and 7.2.1). This includes project support, grants, residencies, and multi-year funding for performing arts, music, visual arts (sculpture, painting, drawing, multimedia, sound art, photography, etc.), (‘multiple screen’) audiovisual arts, design, architecture, and multi- and transdisciplinary arts. The Arts Decree is currently being reformed (see 2.9). The Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF) provides funding for (‘single screen’) audiovisual productions. Museums for fine arts and for contemporary arts receive support through the Cultural Heritage Decree (see 4.2.2).
The Masterpieces Decree (“Topstukkendecreet”) of 23 January 2003 provides regulation on the protection and trafficking of rare and valuable art works from Flanders (see also 4.2.2).
The Decree on Public Art Commissions of 1 March 2019 (formerly known as ‘Percentage Decree’) stipulates that a part of the renovation or building costs of public infrastructure must be invested in the commission of a work of art.
The Decree on Amateur Arts of 22 December 2000 arranges support for amateur artists in different disciplines, including (audio)visual arts.