Cultural legislation in Liechtenstein dates back to the 1960s: The economy was experiencing a strong growth period, and with it the art and cultural sector grew as well. A 1964 Act created the Government Cultural and Youth Advisory Council. In 1964 the Pro Liechtenstein Foundation was established by law, and in 1999 the government enacted an Ordinance governing use of the foundation’s cultural promotion funds.
In 1990, the Cultural Promotion Act newly regulated cultural policy and cultural promotion. It guarantees the free exercise of artistic and cultural expression and stresses the nurturing of past values while also promoting new, innovative forms of art and culture. A 1997 Ordinance regulated the procedure for promotion as well as the division between the state and the municipalities in the area of cultural promotion. It gave the Cultural Advisory Council the right to draw up recommendations e.g. in 1999, for awarding work year stipends and promotion funds for CD sound productions, for foreign performances, continuing education as well as for cultural exchange projects.
In 1999, Liechtenstein enacted the Copyright Act and in 2002, the Data Protection Act.
The Cultural Promotion Act of 2008 created new, modern structures for cultural promotion. The Liechtenstein Cultural Foundation Act replaced the Cultural Advisory Council and the Pro Liechtenstein Foundation with the Liechtenstein Cultural Foundation. Both laws simplified the organisation and decision-making procedure in cultural promotion and made them more transparent and more efficient. The Cultural Foundation determines funding, promotes artists, groups and private organisations, awards prizes, finalises performance agreements and purchases cultural works.