A key actor in the provision of cultural services is the non-profit sector and cultural policy is also of course shaped by civil society and initiatives in this field that have emerged over time in the CR.This sector has an influence on the transformation of the cultural policies of towns and it also influences cultural policy at the state level. The biggest influence is evident in the changes in grant and other support systems in the field of culture and in the establishment of advisory bodies and more.
In connection with the COVID-19 crisis, which had an especially severe impact on the cultural sector, the main professional associations have become very active, and new structures have emerged across fields that up to now had been disconnected – one example being the music sector. In response to the effects of the pandemic on culture the main objective has been to advance short-term and strategic measures designed to support and protect the sector, both at the state level and at the level of local self-government. The main players active in this response include the Association of Professional Theatres in the Czech Republic (Asociaceprofesionálníchdivadel ČR), the Association of Independent Theatres (Asociacenezávislýchdivadel) and the Czech Music Community (Českáobechudební), which is a platform for all the main music associations, copyright organisations, and groups across the entire music sector (see also chapter 7.2.4).