In the past, professional artists associations were funded in the same way as public institutions and their employees received the same salaries as other public servants. In 2003, they lost these privileges. Consequently, they have to apply via public tenders for project or programme financing.
The Chamber of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, by law, is to operate as a communication point between public authorities and the cultural field. The amount of public money it receives depends on its activities, which are still very modest.