Chile/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support

Chilean government, through the efforts of the “Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes” (CNCA – National Council of Culture and Arts) has an annual budget with funds for the benefit of developing the arts, distributing and promoting culture and preserving national heritage and culture. These funds are used to create and implement open programs for the art community; this community is understood to include the visual arts, photography, new media, theater, dance, circus arts, craftsmanship, design, architecture, audiovisual media, music, books and reading (see Chapter 3). Grants are available to educate and enhance creative or artistic professionals in the country, encouraging both public and private sectors to collaborate through co-financing said funds and in writing the Law of Cultural Donations (see Chapter 6).

Other measures that also contribute to the increasing professionalism in national cultural endeavors includes the “RedCultura” program (Cultural Network), created to circulate art in spaces specially assigned for art propaganda, venues and exhibition and ultimately favor local government in hosting and managing culture on a municipal level (see Chapter 7.1).

In the same manner, there are several other available sources of private and public financing parallel to that of the National Council of Culture and Arts that budding artists and cultural projects can opt to obtain. Among those institutions whose support could very well be invested in cultural development are: “Instituto de Desarrollo Agropecuario” (INDAP – Institute of Agricultural Development), “Corporación de Fomento de la Producción” (CORFO – The Chilean Economic Development Agency), “Servicio de Cooperación Técnica” (SERCOTEC – The Technical Cooperative Agency), “Corporación Nacional de Desarrollo Indígena” (CONADI – The Chilean Agency for Indigenous Development), “Servicio Nacional del Adulto Mayor” (SENAMA – National Agency for Senior Citizens), Regional Government, Ministry General Secretariat of Government (SEGEGOB), “Fondo de Solidaridad e Inversión Social (FOSIS – The Solidarity and Social Investment Fund), “Servicio Nacional de Capacitación y Empleo” (SENCE – The National Agency for Employment and Work Training) and “Instituto Nacional de la Juventud” (INJUV – The National Youth Institute). The CNCA has created a set of tools to distribute information on all the aforementioned sources of funding made available for the express purpose of professionalizing cultural endeavors in Chile (CNCA, 2013d).

Lastly, some private initiatives such as the international fund CultureGPS, a funding map for art and culture in Latin America and part of the Argentinean consulting agency EME, enable people or organizations seeking monetary aid to identify and browse through the over 150 additional sources of funding readily available for professionals and cultural endeavors in Chile (

Chapter published: 28-12-2013