Awards for artistic work are very popular and numerous in Serbia. Ever since the 1960s and 1970s, awards have been understood as a proper cultural policy instrument, hence they have been supported and developed. Currently, there are a whole series of awards having their roots in the socialist era, post-2000 awards and some new ones. Local municipalities, faculties, academies and universities, press houses and media outlets, libraries, museums, theatres, festivals, artist unions and associations – everyone has an award of their own. They are popular in all artistic fields – music, theatre, poetry, literary work, heritage, museums. As with all awards, some are more disputed than others and there have been cases of artists refusing the award based on the bad reputation of it.
Among the new awards is the Jelena Šantić award for culture and art. It is the only award that specifically focuses on engaged art with the title “Brave Steps Forward in New Cultural Practices”, awarded by Jelena Šantić Foundation.
Another form of financial stimulus for artistic work is mobility grants. The Ministry of Culture also has its own mobility grant. In 2018, 101 mobility projects were supported with the total value of 5.700.000 RSD (cca. 48.000 EUR). The City of Novi Sad has introduced mobility grants scheme via the Foundation NS2021 European Capital of Culture.