Egypt/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

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

A "scholarship" is granted by the state to men of letters, arts and music to help them achieving their artistic projects away from social and material obstacles. It resembles a monthly salary paid for one renewable year.

In 2006 around 247 authors, artists and scholars covering different literary branches (novel, poetry, drama, kid literature, criticism and researches, translation) and many arts (photography, sculpture, ceramic making, graphic designing, movie and scenario) applied for the scholarship. Also, there are some exceptional scholarships.

Other forms of support include the ministries’ acquisition of photographers and sculptors’ achievements and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ acquisition and displaying of artistic pieces in embassies abroad as a representative of Egyptian culture and arts.

After the January revolution, there are no updates to the little support that the State provide for writers and artists such as what’s called " full-time grants", in fact there has been some negative experiences, in regards to grants payments delay, and some hearsay about reducing the number of grants recently due to the deficit in the Ministry of Culture’s budget which has not happened yet.

(See Chapter 5: 5.1.4)

A new amendment to the Civil Associations and Institutions Law was finalized in September 2014. The Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity officially announced that most of the amendments made are in relation to its funding and censorship, despite the official announcement these amendments will be put forward for community discussion. This raised a lot of suspicion about the government’s intentions with these amendments, especially in light of repeated media accusations of treason and infiltration targeting organizations and individuals to the point that the word ‘funder’ itself has become a charge and a crime. 

Chapter published: 07-04-2016