8.1.1 Overview of strategies, programmes and direct or indirect forms of support
The nature of the central government’s commitment to the cultural sector is not favourable to independent artists. The only stable and reliable source of support for the creative activities of artists is the Culture and Arts Promotion Endowment, which has been in place for over 40 years. A part of the Ministry’s budget is reserved for the artists but only within the designated policy framework and for executing public programs. What such support emphasises is the social role of the artists rather than individual artistic aspirations. To strengthen the managerial capacity of artists (and arts groups) to access the arts market, the Korea Arts Management Service has been established. It provides consulting, education, and funding in order to develop managerial strength and capacity for international communication and cooperation.