Chile/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

In Chile public funding of culture and arts is carried out through the Budget Law run by the “Dirección de Presupuestos” (Budget Management), otherwise known as DIPRES, of the Ministry of Finance. Each year it is placed under discussion and subsequently approved by parliament (see chapter 5.1.3). 

Fiscal support for public institutions dedicated to the development of cultural politics is part of the assigned budget of the Ministry of Education, an organism upon which the National Council of Culture and Arts (CNCA), DIBAM, and the “Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales” (Council of National Monuments) all depend on. Resources assigned for the CNCA for the year 2013 reached that of $71.741.407.000 Chilean pesos. The Council of National Monuments recieved through the Ministry of Education the total amount of $1.852.807.000 Chilean pesos, equivalent to US$ 3.563.090 (DIPRES, 2013). (Dollar observed to November 30, 2013)

In addition to funding its programs and needs, the budget for the National Council of Culture and Arts also must consider transfers to foundations and other nonprofit private organisms dedicated to the promotion of culture, among which the following stand out:

-        Fundación Artesanías de Chile (Artesanal Foundation of Chile)

-        Corporación Cultural Municipalidad de Santiago (Municipality of Santiago Cultural Corporation)

-        Orquestas Sinfónicas Juveniles e Infantiles de Chile (Children and Youth Orchestra Symphony of Chile)

-        Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda (Cultural Center of The Moneda Palace)

-        Corporación Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral (Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center Corporation)

-        Fundación Internacional Teatro a Mil (International Fund for Teatro a Mil)

-        Corporación Cultural Balmaceda Doce Quince (Cultural Corporation Balmaceda Doce Quince)

-        Corporación Cultural Matucana 100 (cultural Corporation Matucana 100)

-        Sociedad de Escritores de Chile (SECH) (Writers Society of Chile)

-        Asociación de Pintores y Escultores  (Association of Painters and Sculptors)

Additionally, through the National Council of Culture and Arts, resources are also assigned for the “Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Cultural y las Artes” (National Culture and Arts Development Fund), the “Fondo de Fomento del Libro y Lectura” (Fund for the Promotion of Books and Reading), the “Fondo de fomento de la Música Nacional” (Fund for the Promotion of National Music), and the “Fondo de fomento Audiovisual” (Audiovisual Development Fund).

In general terms, although the financial indicators of the Council of Culture and Arts shows a deterioration in terms of budget execution during the 2011-2012 period, the “Fondos Culturales y Artísticos” (Cultural and Art Funds) show an improvement during this same period (CNCA, 2012e).

Budget information for Culture and Arts is available to the public through the Internal Balance of each institution, which is published by the Budgetary Management of the Chilean Internal Revenue Service. However, there are some interesting private initiatives that also summarize this information, such as the budget analysis published by the “Observatorio de Políticas Culturales” (Observatory of Cultural Politics, OPC, 2013).

Chapter published: 28-12-2013