No special funds for artists exist in San Marino, except for the annual State contribution to the groups belonging to the Council of Cultural Associations. In this case, however, State support is granted to the association and not directly to the artist (see also chapter 7.2.4).
Artists participating in the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean and ARTMIX receive some support from the State in the form of organisational and travel costs given by the Office for Social and Cultural Activities. The Biennale, the only regular event since 1992, is a great occasion for San Marino artists to promote their works and has become, throughout the years, a training, and exchange and production opportunity in connection with the world of art, industry, entertainment and media. ARTMIX – an event which took place for 3 consecutive years and ended in 2006 – was a music, theatre, cinema and contemporary art workshop whose main objective is training through the sharing and development of creativity, in order to stimulate the country’s artistic and cultural production, taking into consideration national and international trends.