Egypt/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

The four most prominent awards in the approaches of sciences, human sciences and arts are granted yearly by the state. They are The State Incentive Award, The State Award for Excellency, The State Discretionary Award and Mubarak Award, of which the later two are new and often granted depending on the winner’s entire works, whereas the state incentive and discretionary awards are granted for a particular work and nominees often don’t imply for them themselves, but nominated by notable bodies.

In June 2011, by Dr. Imad Abu Ghazi was the chairman for the first Board meeting after January 25th revolution, he was the minister of culture at the time, and the President of the supreme Council of culture.

In this meeting, it was decided to change indefinitely the "Mubarak" Awards to become the prize of "Nile" which is the highest awards given by Egyptian goverment to the special talents in the fields of social sciences & arts, with a value of 100 thousand pounds.

On Tuesday, the 6th of October 2009, we read in Al-Dostour Newspaper, People and Cultural Committees, the Supreme Council of Culture’s announcement of the State Awards for Excellency in the approaches of arts, fine arts and social sciences for the year of 2010. Each award is of one hundred thousand pound value. Included in the application terms:

Applicants must have been practicing scientific research or any of its applications, mental productivity, or creativity in an approach of arts, letters or social sciences for fifteen years at least; in addition their researches, compilations and works must have been published, displayed or carried out, and of excellent scientific, artistic or literary value proving their originality, creativeness and ability to exploit these faculties.

The following are fields for which creators granted State Incentive Award as mentioned in the Ministry of Culture’s 2002-2006 Culture Record: musical composing inspired by Egyptian musical components and heritage, dramatic texting, social and sport clubs construction, ceramic making, translating a book from an antique language into Arabic, writing a collection of rhymed verse in standard Arabic, historical novel for kids, T.V drama and an applied study in cultural criticism.

Moreover, the state grants special awards to winners of cinema, drama and music festivals’ competitions as well as to winners of artistic competitions. Of these awards are the Biennial Awards, those of the Youth Salon, and Aswan International Sculpture Symposium Awards.

As for scholarships, “the creativity scholarship” could provide a sufficient example of them. Granted to a young artist of recognized and distinguished creative faculty and ability in plastic, cinematic or dramatic art, the scholarship lasts for one renewable year during which the artist lives in the Egyptian Academy in the Italian capital, Rome, and is not required to continue an academic study but to obtain and develop knowledge by their own ways and methods and be introduced to a new world and modern artistic methods as well.

In addition, many private bodies and establishments organize yearly competitions, and grant awards, of which are Sawiris Foundation competition for novels, short stories and scenarios and Taymour competition for dramatic creation that prints, publishes the winning text (in cooperation with the writers’ union) and produces it on the stage of Hanaguer.

Chapter published: 07-04-2016