The Cultural Promotion Act of 2008 reinforces and simplifies the state’s cultural mandate. With the Liechtenstein Cultural Foundation, a central institution now assumes responsibility for the advancement of private cultural activities. Culture at the onset of the 21st century is interpreted in a contemporary manner and includes folk culture, science, historic preservation, museums and exhibitions in addition to music, the fine arts, literature, architecture, theatre, dance and film. The Cultural Foundation is also responsible for the direct state promotion of private cultural projects, artists and private institutions.
Artists also receive indirect support through the Copyright Act of 1999. The Act creates the basis for awarding concessions for the collective application of intellectual property rights. In cases where public institutions allow permit use of literature and art, for example teachers, businesses, institutions, commissions, public administrations, libraries and copy centres, fees must be paid to the originator.