Tunisia/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.2 Special artists funds

The first special funds created to support artists was in 1981 (finance law of 1981- Article 78…) and was called "Funds for industry and production development in cinema" targeting the film industry. In addition, another funds called "Special Funds for cultural development" was created in 1984 and aimed to finance "... Every activity that seek for development in cultural sector and the promotion for artistic and literary production and diffusion....».  By the beginning of the 1990s, the State special treasury funds were abolished from public finance mechanisms and all their funds were transferred to respective ministries budgets. Accordingly, all special funds in cultural sector were closed and their resources were transferred to the budget of the ministry of culture.

In 2009, a new fund was created and called "Funds for literary and artistic creativity support " (finance law of 2009 - Articles 29 and 30). It became operational in 2013 (Decree 2013-3201 of 31 July 2013, fixing the conditions and intervention modalities of the funds for support of literary and artistic creativity). Its management was assigned to "the Tunisian organization for the protection of authors’ rights" including the execution and follow-up of royalties distribution from the Funds. Most of funds allocations resources are allocated for the promotion of cultural and artistic works, artists training and broadcasting of live performances. An Advisory Committee at the Ministry of Culture administers the funds and all decisions are made by the Minister.

Chapter published: 05-05-2015