Support to arts, folk arts and other creative activities has mainly been distributed through arm’s-length-policy bodies, such as the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (see chapter 1.2.2.). The support from the Ministry of Culture is divided over different fields.
For architecture, the Ministry has the grant programme “Development projects in the field of architecture”. The programme finances projects that aim to promote and enhance Estonian architecture (including architectural design, planning, interior architecture, landscaping, spatial planning and urban design).
In the audio-visual field, the Ministry of Culture gives out activity support to the Estonian Film Institute, but also directly finances Black Nights Film Festival and the international festival of documentaries and anthropological films in Pärnu.
Grants for performing arts institutions are given out by the Ministry of Culture annually. The aim of the programme is to support the artistic and institutional diversity of Estonian theatres and dance companies, and to support the availability of performing arts to different target groups across Estonia. The applicant must be a legal person registered in Estonia whose main activity is performing arts and the applicant must have been active in the field for at least the three last years. Activities financed by public bodies and foundations established with the participation of the state shall take into account the cost of storing and preserving state property that has been made available to the respective performance agencies. The minimum grant awarded per applicant is EUR 16 000 and the total budget for the 2020 activities specified in the application must exceed EUR 150 000.
There are four grant programmes in the field of music. The purpose of the grant programme “Supporting music festivals and major events” is to ensure the continuity and development of music festivals that are important for the Estonian national culture and professional music, to increase the opportunities for Estonian musicians and composers to introduce their work, and to improve public access to professional music events.
The aim of the support programme “Support for music groups and concert organisers” is to ensure the continuity and development of non-state music collectives and concert organisers in the field of professional music. The purpose of the programme “Music subscription and music publications” is to enhance the value of Estonian composers, to enrich Estonian music life through new compositions and to store and ensure access to nationally significant works of music and musical texts, as well as to publish scores, books, studies, monographs, etc.
Through grants, the programme “Supporting music competitions” ensures the continuity of national and international music competitions that are important for Estonia’s national culture as well as events organised at a professional level for and with young musicians.
Support programmes in the field of folklore are administered by the Estonian Folk Culture Centre (see chapters 3.3. and 6.4).
International projects are supported through the grant programme “Estonian Culture in the World”. The programme assists projects that enhance the international visibility of Estonian culture and the export thereof into the world, the introduction of Estonia globally through culture, and the creation of wider opportunities for Estonian creative persons. It also helps various cultural groups and creative enterprises to enter the international stage.
There is basic income support for freelance artists pursuant the Creative Persons and Artistic Associations Act. The support is administered by the artistic associations (see chapter 1.2.5).