The Ministry of Education and Culture supports national art associations and cultural organisations with discretionary subsidies. The total amount of these subsidies is approximately 40-45 million EUR, which covers approximately 35% of their operating costs. Furthermore, the state supports associations and organisations indirectly by subsidising events, festivals and exhibitions they organise.
Municipalities also support these associations and organisations directly from their own budgets and from the funds transferred by the state to municipalities for non-institutional cultural activities.
Some occupations of professional artistic and cultural work, like actors and musicians, have strong unions for collective bargaining.