Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
Since 2018, the Provincial Secretariat for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities has been issuing a regular annual call for contemporary arts in the territory of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. According to the Law on Culture (Official Gazette of RS, issues 72/2009, 13/2016, 30/2016 – corr. 6/2020, 47/2021, and 78/2021,) all cultural entities can apply, such as cultural institutions and associations, artists, assistants, cultural experts, and other entities based in the territory of AP Vojvodina. Cultural institutions founded by the Province are not eligible to apply. The Secretariat forms a commission for the selection of projects that will receive financial support. The commission has to professionally examine the submitted projects and elaborate on them, after which the Secretariat makes the final decision on the allocation of funds. The call is announced for four areas: 1. Visual arts and multimedia: solo/collective exhibitions, colonies, prizes, residency programs, events, festivals, guest appearances, i.e. international cooperation, and amateur art projects; 2. Literary works and publishing: publishing hitherto unpublished works in Serbia in the fields of literature, arts, social sciences and humanities; publishing journals in print or electronic form in the fields of literature, arts, social sciences and humanities, as well as children's magazines in Serbian; literary prizes, festivals, and events; 3. Performing arts: production and interpretation of theatre plays, events, and festivals relevant at the level of the province, opera performances, operettas, ballet performances—artistic dance, prizes, guest appearances/international cooperation, amateur art projects; 4. Musical arts: composing musical works, music publishing—scores and production of material (CD and DVD), festivals and events, music competitions, prizes, guest appearances/international cooperation, amateur music projects. Special emphasis is placed on the fact that the activities mentioned within the defined areas also refer to projects related to the promotion of gender equality, accessibility of cultural content to children and youth, and accessibility of cultural content to persons with disabilities. The projects to be financed or co-financed are selected in accordance with the Regulation on the Criteria, Standards, and Selection of Projects in Culture Financed and Co-financed from the Budget of the Republic of Serbia, or the Autonomous Province and Local Self-Government Units (Official Gazette of RS, issue 105/16 and 112/17).
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
The greater the number of applications and projects approved for funding, the greater their contribution to the dynamics of the province’s cultural sector. In the period 2017-2020, a total of 2252 project proposals were submitted within all call lines, and a total of 575 were approved for funding, resulting in a pass rate of 25.5%. From the sectoral viewpoint, the majority of projects supported in the period 2017-2020 fell into the literature category, in which 207 projects have been approved, or 36% of the total number of approved projects. The second-largest share of approved projects fell into the music category (creation, production, and performing). In 2017-2020, 183 projects related to music were approved for funding, or 31.8% of the total number of approved projects.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
For the period 2017-2020 a total of 1,866,217 USD (193,620,000 RSD) were allocated; in 2017, approximately 361,682 USD (38,700,000 RSD); in 2018 approximately 497,200 USD (49,720,000 RSD); in 2019, approximately 515,238 USD (54,100,000 RSD), and in 2020 approximately 496,116 USD (51,100,000 RSD).
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
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Numerous civil society organizations, cultural professionals and cultural institutions (exclusively those not founded by the Autonomous Province) are involved in the implementation of this measure as funding recipients.
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: