Tunisia/ 8.1 Support to artists and other creative workers  

8.1.3 Grants, awards, scholarships

Grants:

Direct and indirect grants to artists represent the main mechanisms of direct support by the Ministry of Culture for artists. These grants are divided into two categories: horizontal grants that cover all  cultural sector and specific grants to each cultural field, as follows:

Grants for all areas:

-          Fees exemption for public venues in cultural public institutions

-          Support the participation in cultural events and fairs abroad

 

Grants by field:

-          Book and Publishing: Purchase of books; magazines and newspapers; paper cost-sharing

-          Cinema: Production support; script writing support, post-production support

-          Theatre: Purchase of theater shows (especially for festivals), management expenses support for private dramatic arts centers

-          Music & dance: Support to new production; purchase of recordings

-          Visual arts: Purchase of artwork

Awards:

There are many prizes in the Tunisian cultural sector either at the Ministry level or at the level of associations or initiatives from private sector organizations. The Ministry awards have been suspended since 2012 for review of their respective legal texts, associated amounts and areas of intervention. In 2013, it was announced the re-establishment of the national prize for visual arts on the occasion of celebrating year 2013 as the national year for visual arts[1].

In addition, international festivals and regional/local cultural events have their own awards according to their domain of interest (cinema, theatre, music and dance). One of the most famous prizes is the "Golden Tanit" of Carthage Film festival[2].  

For awards stemming from private initiatives the following awards [3] can be mentioned:

-         Abu Al-Qasim Al Shabi Award (literature – Tunisian Bank),

-         COMAR Golden Award (literature-Insurance company COMAR)

-         Mustapha Azzouz Award for children's literature (literature – the Tunisian Arab Bank)

Scholarships: 

Most scholarships belong to international cooperation funding mechanisms in the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research or in the Ministry of Culture, and they are connected with student exchange programs and artists’ training programs. France is the major destination, with several other countries, especially European and Asian countries.


Chapter published: 05-05-2015


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