India/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.2 Special artists funds

Although there are no ‘artists’ funds’ specifically stated, there are examples of scholarship schemes, fellowships and special funds for both eminent artists and young artists, at both Central and local levels.  Continuing the examples of the Ministry of Culture and the Delhi state:

The Ministry of Culture offers salary grants for groups and ensembles who have repertoire of quality and have a history of having performed on an all-India basis. Such groups receive renewals only when they stage at least two productions during a financial year. Of which at least one production has to have been a new production.

The Delhi State has a scheme of offering lifetime financial assistance of INR 2,000 month (USD 40) to old age artists in indigent circumstances, and also offers part payment for auditorium rent/gallery rent/payment to artists to promising Delhi-based cultural institutions for organizing the performing & plastic arts activities.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi has a well-functioning artist aid fund to provide help to artists in indignant circumstances, specifically for those requiring medical treatment. An earlier scheme of providing Mediclaim was replaced in 2007 with the ‘Artists Aid Fund’ to be operated directly by the Akademi. Undr the previous system, a maximum of INR 150,000 was reimbursed to a single bonafide claimant in a year.

Chapter published: 22-04-2014