Chile/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

As commented in previous chapters (Chapters 3, 5, 6 and 8.1.1) the main subsidy for artist and cultural work support in Chile are the grants offered by the National Council of Culture and Arts. For more information on the procedures and modalities for said grants we recommend you visit the website at

The previous notwithstanding, one can lead by example and briefly check all support for educational processes by going through scholarships and other similar instruments pertaining to national grants provided by the National Culture and Arts Development Fund. The guidelines for the aforementioned funds are the following:

-        Scholarships: they consist in partial or full financing for post – graduate degrees (masters and doctorates), specialization, postgraduate degree, diplomas and internships in Chile and overseas.

-        Educational Activities: they finance educational activity programs in Chile, which includes seminars, conferences, workshops, master’s classes and knowledge sharing meets.

-        Chile – Mexico Residency: it finances a residency for up to 3 Chilean artists in Mexico to strengthen artistic dialogue between both countries, supporting instances such as meets and educational encounters and their introduction into international circuits.

-        Investigation: in this case finance is provided for projects involving research and studies linked to art and culture; projects that take into account a comprehensive integration with the proposal. This includes, among other subject matter, areas related to creation, history, theory, critique, filing, documentation, technique and cataloguing.

Where concerning awards maximum recognition comes with the title of Chilean National Award, said category created in 1942 in Law Nº 19.169 (Chilean National Congress, 1992d). Today this set of awards is broken down into the following categories:

-        National Award for Literature.

-        National Award for Journalism.

-        National Award for Hard Science / Exact Science.

-        National Award for Natural Sciences.

-        National award for Applied Science and Technology.

-        National Award for History.

-        National Award for Education Sciences

-        National Award for Plastic Sciences.

-        National Award for Musical Arts.

-        National Award for Representational and Audiovisual Art.

-        National Award for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Another relevant award is the “Premio a la Música Presidente de la República” (The President of the Republic Award for Music) created in 2004 via the Law Nº 19.928 (Chilean National Congress, 2004a) managed by the Council for Promotion of National Music which rewards artists and creative workers in the national music medium in the categories of classical music, folkloric music, popular music, musical editing and phonographic production. A standout in the aforementioned category is the “Concurso de Composición Musical Luis Advis” (Luis Advis Musical Composition Competition) which as its name indicates, is an award for winners in the categories of folkloric, popular and classical music.

In audiovisual the standout is the Pedro Sienna Award, initially created during 2004 in Law Nº 19.981 (Chilean National Congress, 2004b) and governed by Law Nº 223 (Chilean National Congress, 2005e) whose objective is to acknowledge authors, technicians, artists or producers considered exceptional for their originality, creativity, artistic quality or projection of their audiovisual piece as well as other activities such as distribution and the preservation of national heritage audiovisual production.

Finally it is impossible not to mention the important work developed by the National Commission for Scientific Investigation and Technology (CONYCIT), the aforementioned reporting to the Ministry of Education and created in 1967 with the intention of promoting the education of human capital and strengthening the scientific and technological base of the country. The most notable aspects in both are their programs for Training Advanced Human Capital and, the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development, as investigative instances supporting investigation at a national level and which cover, among other academic areas, the country’s cultural sector.

Chapter published: 28-12-2013