Although there is no stable government support for artist associations or unions, they can apply for annual subsidies channelled through sector-specific aid programmes. Thus, many professional associations apply for aid from the State Secretariat for Culture (Cultural Industries). This aid is aimed at encouraging cultural action and promotion (support to non-profit entities) in order to increase the professionalisation of cultural and creative industries and their capacity to generate jobs. It also promotes training and the integration of sectoral professional associations with cultural networks. There are other active programmes, for example the aids by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music to national associations, federations and confederations to develop theatre and circus activities with national or international projection.