Until the end of 2000, professional artists associations were treated as national institutions and were completely financed (salaries, running costs, annual programmes etc.) by the Ministry of Culture. Pursuant to the government policy of reducing the number of employees in public administration and in accordance with the Law on Citizens’ Associations and Foundations, professional artists associations are now treated as civil associations i.e. only their projects are funded.
Through an open yearly competition, the Ministry of Culture provides international membership fee costs for the professional associations (ICOM, ICOMOS, AICA, FREEPRESCI, BLUE SHIELD etc.).
After a public announcement and asking for expressions of interest, in 2012 the Ministry of Culture leased (free of charge and for a certain period) several facilities owned by the Republic of Macedonia and located within Skopje’s Old Bazaar, to certain art associations to develop and promote their artistic activities. Several art associations are not using the spaces for their exhibitions and other activities.