Support to artists is either direct or indirect. Direct support is provided by means of the state funding system for providing financial aid to cultural projects promoted by the artists themselves, and by not for profit organisations or other cultural operators. Moreover, travel grants are provided to artists on the basis of certain criteria (cf. chapter 2.6). In addition to the above, there are certain policy measures in place which support artistic work, like for example, the purchase of works of art for the collection of the State Gallery of Contemporary Cypriot Art, the promotion of Cypriot art abroad through the participation in such international artistic events as is the Venice Biennale, and the Midem Music Fair. Moreover, public buildings can be enriched with works of art, based on a specific law (cf.
chapter 4.2.4). An honorary pension scheme awarded to cultural workers for their longstanding contribution has been in place, but is currently being re-evaluated. Apart from the above, certain institutions such as the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (CySO) or the Cyprus Theatre Organisation (THOC), support artistic creation.