Funding of artists’ activities is mainly provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Ministry on the basis of a call for applications supports artistic projects through a grant scheme for the various art forms (e.g. Dance, Visual Arts, Music, Cinema, Literature, etc.).
More specifically, there are certain programmes that operate in the context of this funding scheme:
- subsidy programme for individual artists in the fields of letters, music, theatre, visual arts, folk culture / cultural heritage, dance and film;
- subsidy programme for cultural agencies, organisations and foundations in the fields of letters, music, theatre, visual arts, folk culture / cultural heritage, dance and film; and
- subsidy programme for the cultural development of Municipalities and Communities.
For cinema, there is a Cinema Ministerial Committee, which – following recommendations by the Cinema Consultative Committee – provides support for short productions and the production of documentary films.
Moreover, certain cultural projects and initiatives promote the contemporary Cypriot Art abroad, like for example the Venice Biennale, the Biennale for Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, the MIDEM Music Fair or cinema festivals.
In the field of contemporary dance, apart from the other programmes and funding schemes, a pilot programme for the strengthening of creativity and research has been created, which aims at supporting new productions and research.