Cultural entrepeneurship and Industries
The purpose of the Undersecretaryship of Cultural Entrepreneurship is to promote the development of cultural industries in the editorial, phonographic applied arts, multimedia, audiovisual and cinematic fields. Much like in all of the other areas of the Ministry of Culture, this division has the task to create public policies in each one of the fields through a process of investigation, debate and citizen participation. The goal is to create sustainable public policy that responds to the needs and demands of the population in culture.
Each one of the directions in this Undersecretaryship is going through a process of investigation and debate for the creation of public policies.
Additionally, there are a number of programs and activities that are carried out, including:
- The Editorial Fund of the Ministry works to promote reading through the publication of books that reflect on the many cultural expressions in Ecuador, and to support talented writers and artists in their efforts to promote knowledge, study and the valorization of the national cultural legacy. Their efforts are concentrated toward the publication of books that promote cultural rights and to help artists overcome some of the challenges they face in a non-inclusive editorial world. Since 2007, the Editorial Fund has published over 200 books in many fields, including painting, historical characters, academic works, poetry, cultural history, photography, mythological characters, etc.
- Public Contests for funds- The Ministry of Culture has allocated funds for the use of public contests as a tool for the support of artists and initiatives in all areas.
- Cultural Information System- The Ministry of Culture has recognized the need to create a an information system that can, in its stating phase, measure the weight that culture has in the national economy. This measure is imperative, not only to measure the resources that are invested in this area, but also so that national and international actors can truly understand the importance of culture in the sustainable development of every nation. In other words, measuring the impact of culture in the national economy will position it in the central political debate.
Some of the results of the work that has been achieved are reflected in the annex section of this report.
In addition to the work that the Ministry of Culture has led, this institution participated in an interinstitutional effort to create indicators and cultural information. This was a UNESCO initiative, and it achieved important results for the collection of information in the area of Culture. It is expected for this information to be published by UNESCO, and the results used in a comparative manner with other countries.