Call for Financing and Co-Financing Contemporary Arts Projects in the Republic of Serbia

Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
The sector for contemporary arts and creative industries of the RS Ministry of Culture and Information regularly announces annual calls for providing financial support to cultural programs and projects within the fields of contemporary arts. The call is intended for projects that contribute to the attainment of the general interest in culture, defined according to Article 6 of the Law on Culture, which, among other things, explicitly refers to encouraging the development of creative industries and includes a wide range of fields corresponding to all four goals of the 2005 Convention (ranging from creating conditions for contemporary arts development, ensuring availability of cultural contents, encouraging innovation and creativity, professional research in culture, to applying new technologies in the field of culture, creating conditions for the unhindered flow of information and exchange of cultural expressions, supporting international and intergovernmental cooperation, and encouraging artistic activities of socially vulnerable groups). The call is announced in the form of 12 separate lines corresponding to areas of culture: 1. Literature (events and prizes) 2. Publishing – periodicals related to arts and culture 3. Publishing – capital works in the field of culture, published in Serbian, as well as valuable literary works, both by national authors and in translation to Serbian. 4. Music (creative process, production, interpretation) 5. Arts, applied arts, visual arts, design and architecture 6. Theatrical arts (creative process, production and interpretation) 7. Artistic dance – classic ballet, folk dance, contemporary dance (creative process, production and interpretation) 8. Cinematic arts and other audio-visual creative activities 9. Cultural activities of national minorities in the Republic of Serbia 10. Cultural activities of persons with disabilities 11. Cultural activities of children, as well as for children and youth 12. Folk and amateur creative activities The general goal of the call is to harmonize the cultural development of the Republic of Serbia through creating an encouraging environment for the advancement of all areas of artistic expression, as well as providing conditions for the availability of cultural contents and audience development (specially in socially vulnerable groups). Additional call propositions relate to support to women’s cultural activities and the promotion of gender equality in the area of contemporary arts. For each listed artistic field a professional commission is formed, while project proposals evaluation is based on the Regulation on the Criteria, Standards, and Selection of Projects in Culture that are financed and co-financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia, as well as autonomous province and local self-government units (Official Gazette of the RS, issue 105/16 and 112/17). The right to participate in the call is granted to institutions, artist associations as well as other associations registered for carrying out cultural activities, individuals (artists, assistants, i.e. professionals in culture), and other subjects in the field of culture, excepting cultural institutions founded by the Republic of Serbia.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
From 2017 to 2020, a total of 9286 project proposals were submitted within all call lines, and a total of 2913 projects were approved for funding (the pass rate was 31%).
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
In the period 2017-2020 a total of around 13,086,048 USD (1,354,406,000 RSD) were allocated: in 2017 around 3,269,449 USD (338,388,000 RSD); in 2018 around 3,519,613 USD (364,280,000 RSD); in 2019 around 3,625,449 USD (375,234,000 RSD); and in 2020 around 2,671,536 USD (276,504,000 RSD).
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Members of call commissions were professionals in contemporary cultural activities, prominent artists, critics, members of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, representatives of professional organizations, institutions, and universities.
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
Evaluations were carried out based on the reporting of the funds recipients, as well as on direct monitoring, following, and analyzing the implemented project activities. It was found that the implementation of the contemporary arts call procedurally met all legally defined criteria, with an increase in budget funds allocated for contemporary cultural production for the period. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused changes in the structure of the call: new investments were introduced through new call lines intended for online creative activities and online placement of artistic expressions and products. A significant number and diversified structure of agents supported through this call, as well as a wide range of various cultural and artistic expressions in the listed 12 areas of contemporary arts and cultural industries, contributed to the development of a dynamic cultural sector, including the digital environment. Additional improvements of human rights and artistic freedom were achieved through introducing new project propositions with a view to support gender equality in culture and arts of socially vulnerable groups. It is recommended that a separate call be announced for each call line in order to further encourage each individual area of contemporary cultural and artistic expression, production, and interpretation.
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
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