Egypt/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.2 Special artists funds

Cultural Development Fund (CDF) may be the most important, if not the only, fund devoted for artists. Established in 1989, the fund has aimed at “improving cultural service, acquiring required efficiency and developing plans for contributing to the cultural project finance”. It directly reports to Ministry of Culture/Minister Office, and financed by a portion of antique revenues and    Nubian Antiquities Friends Society. 

Some of the fund’s achievements:

During the period 2002-2006, 32 libraries were established in different governorates and the   Creativity Center was opened in the enclosure of Opera House. The fund also adopts, participates and produces concerts, plays, poetic evenings, artistic workshops, plastic art shows, computer training courses, and kid festivals, hoisting them in the creation centers which are attached to it and established within the historical houses of Al-Aini House, Palace of Prince Taz, Al-Ghori Agency, Al-Ghori Palace, Al-Harrawi House, Zeinab Khatun House, Al-Suhaimi House and Al-Manesterly palace.

There is also the Care Fund for Artists and Authors; it pays pensions and provides the state-funded medical care and urgent and long-term health aid. (See Chapter 5: 5.1.5 / 5.1.8 / 5.3.9)


Chapter published: 07-04-2016


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