In February 2020, in its application for the next four-year state budget strategy, the Ministry of Culture is seeking extraordinary financing. In order to maintain the Song and Dance Celebration traditions, the Minister wants to implement a national wage subsidy program for folk dance teachers as well as choir and orchestra conductors, which will ensure that these professions are popular in the future.
Because the humanities as a field of research has not received adequate funding from the Ministry of Education and Research in recent years, the Ministry of Culture intends to establish a national support programme for the research and development of the Estonian language and culture in support of Estonian cultural studies. This will be divided into a support programme of the scientific-level research of the Estonian language, history and culture, a programme for the development of language technology solutions, and a programme dedicated to the research and publication of classics of Estonian literature.
The ruling Minister also wants to boost the increase in state funding of Estonian film production as in recent years filmmakers received large sums from commissions for the Estonian centennial programme in addition to annual state funding. In their absence, there would be a setback in funding. To avoid this, state need to increase annual film funding accordingly.
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