The Ministry of Culture and Media publishes yearly calls for the direct support for literary creativity in the form of stipends and it provides funding for grants as financial stimulation for lauded works of literature. It also secures funding so that the public lending rights for authors (writers, illustrators and translators) can be met on a yearly basis. In 2018 the new pilot project for supporting visual arts creativity was established to provide grants for visual artists, and after initial success it continued in the following years. In the field of music, guest recitals held in smaller communities are additionally financed – the resources are allocated to musicians through a general annual competition. About 260 recitals are financed in this way every year, and each guest recital must include at least one work by a living Croatian composer.
HDS-ZAMP (Croatian Composers’ Society, Collecting Society) provides support through the Fund for Independent Music Projects that aims to enable a richer offer of cultural (primarily musical) content for Croatian citizens; and to provide additional funding for Croatian composers and other music professionals to get backing for their artistic projects. The measure is developed through five different contests: BTL Contest – Support for projects of popular music funded through a blank tape levy fund; ‘Tradicional’ Contest – support for traditional music events and music creation through funds from the fees collected for traditional music; International Contest – Supporting activities of Croatian composers and music publishers, members of HDS, on the international music scene or in the market; “Rudolf and Margita Matz” Fund – stimulation of the creation of young composers from the funds of Rudolf and Margita Matz; and the ElectroCro Contest – Support of music events, projects and music creation in the area of electronic club music. Around 100 projects are funded yearly in different music areas, from electro to traditional music genres.