Azerbaijan 2018 report

Policies and Measures
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Tax exemptions for a category of cultural workers in Azerbaijan National legislative, regulatory, financial
State Program "The theatre of Azerbaijan in 2009-2019" National legislative, regulatory, financial
Adoption of the Law on Culture in 2012 National legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan National legislative, regulatory, financial, institutional
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
Establishment of Cultural Centres of Azerbaijan abroad International legislative, regulatory, financial
YOUTH
Name of the measure Scope of the measure Nature
State Program on development of children's music, art and painting schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan 2014-2018 National regulatory, financial
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State Program "The theatre of Azerbaijan in 2009-2019"

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

This State Program outlines the development prospects of Azerbaijani theatre and theatre artists and aims to sustain and multiply the rich artistic creativity of Azerbaijani theatre artists, to encourage artistic exchanges and mobility of theatre artists nationally and internationally, as well as to ensure the effective use of information and financial resources, enrich theatres' artistic repertoire. More concretely the Program has the following objectives: 1) developing a new more comprehensive and results-based theatre policy and optimization of theater management process, undertaking a theatre reform; 2) development of theatre creativity in Azerbaijan by ensuring the preservation of universal and national cultural values ​​and promotion theatre-related creative exhanges; 3) supporting young artists in all the theatre genres and professions; 4) improvement of theatre training and professional development system of theatre artists, while conducting and promoting joint initiatives and projects in the field of theatre creativity with other countries; 5) renovation of the theatre premises, bringing them to contemporary standards and strengthening their facilities to support creativity of artists; 6) undertaking measures to improve substantially information and communication technologies in the field of theatre creativity; 7) promoting theatre culture locally, nationally and internationally.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The measure has been making an attempt to provide a large approach to sustain and promote theatre creativity and widen the creative opportunities of the artists. It includes organization of publishing and advertising products, decor and costume-making, as well as the creation of a Theatre Training Centre, which is supposed to supplement university studies in the field of theatre creativity and wider the range of arts education possibilities in this field. The measure also allowed for creation of studios in State Russian Drama Theatre, State Puppet Theatre, Nakhchivan State Musical Drama Theatre, Ganja State Drama Theatre, Lankaran State Drama Theatre, as well as Sheki State Drama Theatre.

In terms of mobility of artists in the field of theatre education, the measure foresees concluding partnership agreements and contracts with education institutions abroad to support exchange and internships opportunities in the field of theatre. With this particular measure, the state wishes to enlarge possible employment opportunities for theatre artists and develop diverse learning experiences for young artists. 

The measure has also been strong in reinforcing the visibility of theatre creativity among the general public in Azerbaijan by multiplying and supporting the creation of visiblity and awareness raising products, as well as digital platforms for knowledge and creativity exchange. In the field of puppet theatre creativity, it also foresees holding regularly a Puppet Theatre Week with the participation of UNIMA (International Puppet Theaters Association).

Finally, the measure included taking necessary steps to carry out repair and restoration works in Baku, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and other regions, as well as in the premises of state theatres operating in the areas of refugee and displaced persons (as a result of occupation by Armenia of the Nagorno Karabakh Region and 7 adjacent regions). 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results of the measure are following: 1) national theater art preserved, developed and enhanced. 2) enabling environment for artistic performances created;
3) normative-legal bases in the field of theater creativity improved; 4) the material-technical base of theater institutions strengthened; 5) conditions created for the theater network to meet the modern requirements and meet the theater needs of local communities; 6) more young, talented and professional artists involved in the theater creativity; 7) interregional, international and international cultural relations in the field of theater stregthened; 8) opportunities to represent and promote Azerbaijan's theater creativity worldwide created.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The measures envisaged by the State Program are funded from the state budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including funds provided for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the state budget, as well as other sources in conformity with the legisilation of the country.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Union of Theatre Artists of Azerbaijan
Type of Entity: 
NGO
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Adoption of the Law on Culture in 2012

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Adopted and signed by the President in Azerbaijan in 2012, this law replaced the old “Law on culture” of 1998. The Law on culture has been a result of large-scale consultation process undertaken by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan from January 2010 to September 2012, which involved consultation meetings with government stakeholders, Members of the Milli Mejlis Parliament and especially the Culture Committee, as well as non-governmental organizations, individual creators, universities, experts, researchers and academics. The law has made an ambitious attempt to address the whole diversity of issues related to protection, promotion and safeguarding culture and heritage in the whole diversity of issues that need to be considered at larger policy level in Azerbaijan. The Law made it clear that the national cultural policy is based on the principles of equal opportunities to create and use cultural values and to preserve the heritage (both tangible and intangible) in Azerbaijan. This cultural policy aims to give the right to every person to create, use and disseminate cultural values, irrespective of her or his social and material status, nationality, race, religion and gender. The Law aimed to guarantee freedom of intellectual and creative expression and to provide a legal basis for the development of national culture as a constituent part of world culture. The law also put an ambitious objective to create enabling environment to support development of cultural industries through investments in these area. This means that the government aims to explore opportunities to reduce barriers to investments in creative industries, such as architecture, arts, crafts, design, fashion, film making, music, performing arts and publishing, as well as to use any opportunity to attract internal and external investments in the development of these areas. The Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and the Culture Committee of the Parliament undertake regular monitoring of the implementation of the Law.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Law defines culture as a set of features that determine the material, moral, intellectual and emotional specificities of society or social groups, embrace people’s way of life, criteria of their cohabitation, as well as the system of moral values, including literature and art.

Compared to the previous law, the new law included 26 new concepts that were put forward into line with the requirements and principles of international conventions, including the 2005 Convention. The law focuses especially on ‘creative persons’ and outlines the ways of state support to them. Creative persons, who have special services in the development, promotion and promotion of culture are awarded with honorary titles, scholarships and prizes by the relevant executive authority. The relevant executive authorities are supposed to keep databases of biography, professional and creative activities of cultural workers, creative persons and creative groups, who are involved in the development of culture.

Under its Article 9, the law for the first time introduced the term “freedom of creativity”, which reconfirms that any person has the right to engage in any creative activity on the basis of professional and amateur creativity in accordance with his / her interests and abilities. The results of creativity of individuals are protected by the laws of the country on copyright and related rights. Creative individuals have the right to sell, present and transfer to the foreign countries the results of their creativity.

The Law under its Article 14 emphasizes that the state guarantees the right of use of cultural institutions and cultural resources in Azerbaijan. It therefore is entitled to undertake investment projects to support development of cultural industries and create enabling environment for such investments.

The law also reflected the issues of state monitoring in the field of culture, material and social security of creative individuals.

The text of the law is available in Azerbaijani using the following link: https://www.president.az/articles/7392

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The law provided a multi-dimensional and encompassing policy framework for the field of culture with the focus on heritage (tangible and intangible), artistic expressions, as well as cultural industries. It determined the whole variety of roles that were attributed to different actors involved in the field of culture, such as government agencies and primarily the Ministry of Culture on one side, and creative individuals, private companies, entrepreneurs, investors and non-governmental organizations on the other. The most important expected results of the Law were improving legislative basis for the field of culture, ensuring efficient management in the field of culture, creating favourable environment for development of culture in all its spheres, strengthening conditions for developing partnerships, as well as enhancing legal protection of intellectual property rights of creators.  

Since the adoption of the law, a numerous consultations have been provided by the Government in the capital city Baku and different regions of the country, such as in Siyazan, Ujar, Khizi, and Samukh regions in 2014. These consultations enabled to ensure better understanding of the provisions of the law by various stakeholders, but also allowed for development of new partnerships and networking at local level. In 2015, a working group was sent to Dashkesen, Gadabay and Goranboy regions to conduct further trainings on the implementation of the Law by regional departments of culture and tourism. Regular meetings are undertaken by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and the Culture Committee of the Parliament for monitoring of the implementation of the Law.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

145 000 USD per year

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Adopted by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 14 February 2014, the “Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan” has been developed to streamline with European cultural policy principles and aims to ensure the development of Azerbaijani culture, enhancement of cultural policies, strengthening its resilience against internal and external threats, ensuring the successful integration into the world culture, protection of human and civil rights and freedoms in the field of culture.

The Culture Concept attempts to develop the mechanisms of guaranteeing development of all aspects of culture, including cultural policies, such as governance, legal, financial, information, human resources, material and technical infrastructure and international cooperation, high level of cultural awareness and reform of cultural heritage management mechanisms. The main policy objectives comprise the adjustment of culture policy mechanisms to actual requirements and reality of this area: 1) protection of cultural heritage, 2) support and development of creative activity with the focus on the integrity of the people, 3) promotion of identity and diversity, and participation in cultural life. Cultural policy objectives of the Concept are implemented using the following mechanisms: 1) development of legal guarantees, 2) implementation of modern methods in culture and arts administration, 3) diversification of financing sources, 4) enhancement of information provision, 5) human resources development, 6) modernization of the material and technical bases, and 6) development of international cooperation.

The Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan thus aimed to propose a new functional management model for the field of culture. The Concept created a road map and an administrative reform plan, which later shaped and continues to shape the enabling environment for its implementation.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan made an attempt to present a holistic and encompassing approach to culture and cultural policies, based on current priorities and past experiences in implementing culture, heritage and creativity-related policies. It formulated a number of key cultural policy principles in Azerbaijan, such as equality, democracy, humanism, integration, balance, quality, efficiency, as well as talent factor.

It dedicates a whole chapter (4) to the so-called “Development of the professional art”, which includes the development of professional theatre art, music art, as well as fine and decorative-applied arts.

Chapter 5 presents the vision of the development of cultural industries. It states that cultural industries, as an area of ​​activity that allows for production and realization of cultural products and services, is one of the key fields of cultural policies in Azerbaijan. One of the aims of cultural policies is to ensure the balance between culture industries and market of cultural products and services. The Chapter therefore states that the development of future oriented cultural industries, such areas as cinematography and publishing, drawing and based on historical traditions, is and will continue to be one of the promising directions of the state cultural policy.

The Concept is implemented through state programs on cultural activities, which are presented for the endorsement by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The implementation of the Concept implies the involvement of local authorities, cultural institutions and civil society organizations in this process along with the activities of state bodies in this area, as well as foreign and local investors. The Concept is implemented through state budget allocations, as well as via alternative financing mechanisms. The Concept is coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The full text of the Culture Concept is available in Azerbaijani at the following address: http://www.e-qanun.az/framework/27056

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Culture Concept was conceived to establish a wide and encompassing cultural policy framework, through which all the legal, institutional and financial efforts in the field of culture could be further channeled at local and national levels. Since its adoption in 2014, the Concept resulted in greater awareness of different stakeholders working in the field of culture of the integrity and multidimensional nature of culture, creativity and cultural industries, as well as enabled to bring the provisions of the 2005 Convention to the context of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It further put upfront the particular attention of the Government to a number of areas of cultural industries where further support was needed to enable their contribution to creative economy, such as film making and distribution as well as publishing.

It also reiterated again the difficulties the culture sector in Azerbaijan has been facing in the context of the occupation by Armenia of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan, as a result of which creators, artists, cultural workers and communities still do not have access to cultural institutions, including 927 libraries, 807 cultural palaces, club and culture houses, 85 music and painting schools, 22 museums and museums’ branch offices, 4 art galleries, 13 monuments of international significance, 242 monuments of national significance, as well as 434 historical and cultural monuments of local significance. A large number of artists coming from refugee communities who had to leave their homes because of the Armenian occupation now continue to associate and reflect in their creative works their homeland. The Culture Concept in that sense provided political recognition of the specific needs of the artists and creators coming from among refugees, while ensuring policy priority to this specific group of creators.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

36 000 USD per year

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Tax exemptions for a category of cultural workers in Azerbaijan

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure, introduced in 2001, aims to stimulate artistic production by exempting artists from income and property taxes. This resulted in number of intra-governmental consultations, with participation of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Taxes, together with the Parlimanent of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

According to Tax Code, exemptions and privileges are defined for income tax of physical persons (article 102), profit tax of legal persons (article 106), property tax (article 199) and tax on land (article 207). Article 102.1.12 of the code  foresees that income of physical persons from craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery and production of house appliances from wood shall not be subject to income tax. Similarly, Article 199.2. of the same code establishes that buildings of art workshops or parts of buildings where such workshops are located that belong to natural persons involved in entrepreneurial activity without establishing the legal entity on craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery and production of house appliances from wood shall not be subject to property tax. 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The current measures has already brought a number of positive results, which is testified by increase of artists making use of the tax exemptions between 2001 and 2017, as well as more interest from young artists to get involved in production and cultural industries. The measure enabled its main beneficiaries and creators to sustain their living through artistic production, which was particularly important for young creators, and created an enabling environment for diversification of creative products. 

It is also important to note that the demand for artistic products has increased in the meantime, with the greater development of incoming tourism in parallel, especailly since 2014 with more tourists coming from Arab countries, but also Asia and Europe. Combined with increased opportunities the crafts market started to offer locally, this measure proved to be crucial in satisfying the demand for cultural goods and services and resulted in income increase for local and national economy.

The local departments of Ministry of Taxes and Ministry of Culture have played huge role in the implementation of the measure by raising awareness of local artists and providing regular monitorying of its efficiency. The measure proved to be most efficient in the regions and cities with large concentration of craftsmen and artists falling under the beneficiary category of the measure, such as Baku, Ganja, Sheki, Lahij and Ismayilli.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Taxes
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

25 000 AZN, coming from the state budget. The measure did not involve huges costs, since the decisions was purely regulatory.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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Establishment of Cultural Centres of Azerbaijan abroad

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Cultural Centres of Azerbaijan have been legally established in 2010 by the relevant decrees of the President and following months of joint work between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overall objective of such centres is to support bilateral and multilateral foreign cultural policy of Azerbaijan, as well as to promote the culture and language of Azerbaijan in hosting countries and create the atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation among the peoples of Azerbaijan and the hosting states. Such centres have been created so far within the embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Paris (France) and Vienna (Austria).

The specific objectives of the Azerbaijani Cultural Centres are the following: 1) to raise awareness of the general public of the hosting state about the internal and external policy, culture, history, social, economic development, scientific and technical and tourism potential of the Republic of Azerbaijan; 2) to provide access to books, newspapers, magazines and multimedia, as well as cultural, scientific and technical documents of Azerbaijan to the general public of the hosting country; 3) to initiative and reinforce teaching and promotion of the Azerbaijani language in the hosting state; 4) to participate in establishing and maintaining contacts with the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan studying in the hosting state, as well as with students and graduates of the hosting state studying in the Republic of Azerbaijan; and finally 5) to establish relationships with the Azerbaijanis living in the hosting state and strengthen, within the limits of its authority, the development of bilateral cooperation.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The centres perform the following functions within their competencies: 1) holding conferences, colloquiums, meetings, performances, concerts, presentations, exhibitions and other events on domestic and foreign policy, culture, history, social, economic development, scientific and technical and tourism potential of Azerbaijan; 2) promoting the establishment and development of relations and co-operation between Azerbaijan and the institutions of the hosting state working in the field of culture and tourism, science, education, as well as non-governmental organizations (public associations and foundations); 3) participation in the development and implementation of cooperation programs in the field of culture, science, education, tourism, information and  communication; 4) carrying out exchange of information and promotional materials in the fields of culture, science, education and tourism; 5) organizing presentation and promotion of films and audiovisual documents; 6) creating conditions for establishment of clubs and associations of citizens of Azerbaijan studying in the hosting state, as well as clubs and associations of students and graduates of the hosting state studying in Azerbaijan; 7) creating conditions for teaching of the Azerbaijani language at higher educational institutions of the hosting state, as well as in the Cultural Centres themselves; and 8) promoting the establishment and development of friendly and fraternal relations between the cities and regions of Azerbaijan and the hosting country.

According to the established guidelines the centres have the rights to initiative and develop cultural cooperation, through: 1) establishing and maintaining relations with the official or non-formal cultural and tourist organizations of the hosting state and media; 2) establishing and collaborating with the cultural centers of the third countries; 3) holding conferences, colloquiums, meetings, performances, concerts, presentations, exhibitions on Azerbaijan's culture, history, social, economic development, scientific and technical and tourism potential.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Though the implementation of the measure is unbalanced due different contexts of functioning of cultural centres, it has already proved to be a valuable source of promoting the knowledge about culture and creativity of Azerbaijan. If the number of tourism arrivals from the countries hosting the cultural centres tripled since 2010 and totaled 27500 arrivals from France, Uzbekistan and Austria in 2016.

The measure is further expected to continue developing the implementation of cooperation programs in the field of culture, science, education, tourism, information and communication, as well as carry out exchange of information and promotional materials in these fields. The Cultural centres now host and lead language courses offering Azerbaijani language teaching to local audience, both diaspora and foreigners.

Apart from the results achieved so far, the Cultural centres are expected to further contribute to exchanges among Azerbaijani and host countries’ artists, policy-makers and cultural workers that can potentially enhance and reinforce intercultural links, investments in field of culture, further boost tourism and promote respect for cultural diversity.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

350 000 USD per year

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
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State Program on development of children's music, art and painting schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan 2014-2018

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The State Program aims to take stock of the past developments in the field of arts educations in Azerbaijan and implement measures, activities and actions that would aim to fulfil the specific current needs of music, art and painting schools in the country by building capacities and enhancing schools infrastructure to support young talents and develop opportunities of interested young people to engage in creativity.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Being institutionally framed under the Ministry of Culture, the public children's music, art and painting schools in Azerbaijan operate with 5-7 years system. At present, 237 children's music, arts and painting schools function in the country. Of these institutions, 70 are located in rural areas. Currently, more than 80,000 students attend these educational institutions and over 16,000 music, arts and painting teachers are engaged in their education.

At the same time, taking into account the growing demand of young people willing to engage into creativity in recent years, several children's music schools with great pedagogical experience and relevant facilities and technical base have been transformed into eleven-year education institutions. Nowadays, 16 music and art schools (15 schools in Baku, 1 school in Mingachevir) operate based on 11-year education system.

The State Program is composed of a number of components, which include improvement of material-technical basis for the functioning of the children's schools, renovation of schools premises and buildings, identification and fulfillment of pedagogical needs of the schools, in terms of adequate availability of teachers and teaching materials, including specific equipment, such as musical instruments and relevant equipment and facilities.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Program has already proved its efficiency. In 2015-2017, during the implementation of the Program, more young people studying in the schools under this Program have managed to take first places in various national and international competitions and festivals. Artistic products from Azerbaijan created by young artists have become an integral part of arts world. Children’s schools are now well equipped to boosts children's interest in music, art, painting and support their talent. As results of Program, several schools have been completely renovated, including eleven children's music school No. 26 named after M.Magomayev. A new building was constructed for the Children's Music School No. 9 named after Garyagdioglu and the schools is now completely operational. At present, major repairs and reconstruction works are being carried out in some children's music and art schools, construction of new school buildings is underway.  The musical schools have received more than 60 musical instruments. Every new academic year the schools are provided with musical instruments, solid equipment, books, song books, as well as other types of equipment. A monitoring activity has been foreseen at the end of the program to analyze its efficiency in terms achieved results in 2019.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

75 500 USD

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Type of Involvement: 

75 500 USD

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
Name of the designated official signing the report
Title:
Mr
Family Name:
Karimov
First Name:
Anar
Position:
Ambassador, Permanent Delegate
Organization:
Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Azerbaijan to UNESCO
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

State Program "The theatre of Azerbaijan in 2009-2019"

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

This State Program outlines the development prospects of Azerbaijani theatre and theatre artists and aims to sustain and multiply the rich artistic creativity of Azerbaijani theatre artists, to encourage artistic exchanges and mobility of theatre artists nationally and internationally, as well as to ensure the effective use of information and financial resources, enrich theatres' artistic repertoire. More concretely the Program has the following objectives: 1) developing a new more comprehensive and results-based theatre policy and optimization of theater management process, undertaking a theatre reform; 2) development of theatre creativity in Azerbaijan by ensuring the preservation of universal and national cultural values ​​and promotion theatre-related creative exhanges; 3) supporting young artists in all the theatre genres and professions; 4) improvement of theatre training and professional development system of theatre artists, while conducting and promoting joint initiatives and projects in the field of theatre creativity with other countries; 5) renovation of the theatre premises, bringing them to contemporary standards and strengthening their facilities to support creativity of artists; 6) undertaking measures to improve substantially information and communication technologies in the field of theatre creativity; 7) promoting theatre culture locally, nationally and internationally.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The measure has been making an attempt to provide a large approach to sustain and promote theatre creativity and widen the creative opportunities of the artists. It includes organization of publishing and advertising products, decor and costume-making, as well as the creation of a Theatre Training Centre, which is supposed to supplement university studies in the field of theatre creativity and wider the range of arts education possibilities in this field. The measure also allowed for creation of studios in State Russian Drama Theatre, State Puppet Theatre, Nakhchivan State Musical Drama Theatre, Ganja State Drama Theatre, Lankaran State Drama Theatre, as well as Sheki State Drama Theatre.

In terms of mobility of artists in the field of theatre education, the measure foresees concluding partnership agreements and contracts with education institutions abroad to support exchange and internships opportunities in the field of theatre. With this particular measure, the state wishes to enlarge possible employment opportunities for theatre artists and develop diverse learning experiences for young artists. 

The measure has also been strong in reinforcing the visibility of theatre creativity among the general public in Azerbaijan by multiplying and supporting the creation of visiblity and awareness raising products, as well as digital platforms for knowledge and creativity exchange. In the field of puppet theatre creativity, it also foresees holding regularly a Puppet Theatre Week with the participation of UNIMA (International Puppet Theaters Association).

Finally, the measure included taking necessary steps to carry out repair and restoration works in Baku, Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and other regions, as well as in the premises of state theatres operating in the areas of refugee and displaced persons (as a result of occupation by Armenia of the Nagorno Karabakh Region and 7 adjacent regions). 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The expected results of the measure are following: 1) national theater art preserved, developed and enhanced. 2) enabling environment for artistic performances created;
3) normative-legal bases in the field of theater creativity improved; 4) the material-technical base of theater institutions strengthened; 5) conditions created for the theater network to meet the modern requirements and meet the theater needs of local communities; 6) more young, talented and professional artists involved in the theater creativity; 7) interregional, international and international cultural relations in the field of theater stregthened; 8) opportunities to represent and promote Azerbaijan's theater creativity worldwide created.

 

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

The measures envisaged by the State Program are funded from the state budget of the Republic of Azerbaijan, including funds provided for the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan in the state budget, as well as other sources in conformity with the legisilation of the country.

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Name: 
Union of Theatre Artists of Azerbaijan
Type of Entity: 
NGO
h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Adoption of the Law on Culture in 2012

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Adopted and signed by the President in Azerbaijan in 2012, this law replaced the old “Law on culture” of 1998. The Law on culture has been a result of large-scale consultation process undertaken by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan from January 2010 to September 2012, which involved consultation meetings with government stakeholders, Members of the Milli Mejlis Parliament and especially the Culture Committee, as well as non-governmental organizations, individual creators, universities, experts, researchers and academics. The law has made an ambitious attempt to address the whole diversity of issues related to protection, promotion and safeguarding culture and heritage in the whole diversity of issues that need to be considered at larger policy level in Azerbaijan. The Law made it clear that the national cultural policy is based on the principles of equal opportunities to create and use cultural values and to preserve the heritage (both tangible and intangible) in Azerbaijan. This cultural policy aims to give the right to every person to create, use and disseminate cultural values, irrespective of her or his social and material status, nationality, race, religion and gender. The Law aimed to guarantee freedom of intellectual and creative expression and to provide a legal basis for the development of national culture as a constituent part of world culture. The law also put an ambitious objective to create enabling environment to support development of cultural industries through investments in these area. This means that the government aims to explore opportunities to reduce barriers to investments in creative industries, such as architecture, arts, crafts, design, fashion, film making, music, performing arts and publishing, as well as to use any opportunity to attract internal and external investments in the development of these areas. The Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and the Culture Committee of the Parliament undertake regular monitoring of the implementation of the Law.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Law defines culture as a set of features that determine the material, moral, intellectual and emotional specificities of society or social groups, embrace people’s way of life, criteria of their cohabitation, as well as the system of moral values, including literature and art.

Compared to the previous law, the new law included 26 new concepts that were put forward into line with the requirements and principles of international conventions, including the 2005 Convention. The law focuses especially on ‘creative persons’ and outlines the ways of state support to them. Creative persons, who have special services in the development, promotion and promotion of culture are awarded with honorary titles, scholarships and prizes by the relevant executive authority. The relevant executive authorities are supposed to keep databases of biography, professional and creative activities of cultural workers, creative persons and creative groups, who are involved in the development of culture.

Under its Article 9, the law for the first time introduced the term “freedom of creativity”, which reconfirms that any person has the right to engage in any creative activity on the basis of professional and amateur creativity in accordance with his / her interests and abilities. The results of creativity of individuals are protected by the laws of the country on copyright and related rights. Creative individuals have the right to sell, present and transfer to the foreign countries the results of their creativity.

The Law under its Article 14 emphasizes that the state guarantees the right of use of cultural institutions and cultural resources in Azerbaijan. It therefore is entitled to undertake investment projects to support development of cultural industries and create enabling environment for such investments.

The law also reflected the issues of state monitoring in the field of culture, material and social security of creative individuals.

The text of the law is available in Azerbaijani using the following link: https://www.president.az/articles/7392

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The law provided a multi-dimensional and encompassing policy framework for the field of culture with the focus on heritage (tangible and intangible), artistic expressions, as well as cultural industries. It determined the whole variety of roles that were attributed to different actors involved in the field of culture, such as government agencies and primarily the Ministry of Culture on one side, and creative individuals, private companies, entrepreneurs, investors and non-governmental organizations on the other. The most important expected results of the Law were improving legislative basis for the field of culture, ensuring efficient management in the field of culture, creating favourable environment for development of culture in all its spheres, strengthening conditions for developing partnerships, as well as enhancing legal protection of intellectual property rights of creators.  

Since the adoption of the law, a numerous consultations have been provided by the Government in the capital city Baku and different regions of the country, such as in Siyazan, Ujar, Khizi, and Samukh regions in 2014. These consultations enabled to ensure better understanding of the provisions of the law by various stakeholders, but also allowed for development of new partnerships and networking at local level. In 2015, a working group was sent to Dashkesen, Gadabay and Goranboy regions to conduct further trainings on the implementation of the Law by regional departments of culture and tourism. Regular meetings are undertaken by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan and the Culture Committee of the Parliament for monitoring of the implementation of the Law.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

145 000 USD per year

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

Adopted by the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan on 14 February 2014, the “Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan” has been developed to streamline with European cultural policy principles and aims to ensure the development of Azerbaijani culture, enhancement of cultural policies, strengthening its resilience against internal and external threats, ensuring the successful integration into the world culture, protection of human and civil rights and freedoms in the field of culture.

The Culture Concept attempts to develop the mechanisms of guaranteeing development of all aspects of culture, including cultural policies, such as governance, legal, financial, information, human resources, material and technical infrastructure and international cooperation, high level of cultural awareness and reform of cultural heritage management mechanisms. The main policy objectives comprise the adjustment of culture policy mechanisms to actual requirements and reality of this area: 1) protection of cultural heritage, 2) support and development of creative activity with the focus on the integrity of the people, 3) promotion of identity and diversity, and participation in cultural life. Cultural policy objectives of the Concept are implemented using the following mechanisms: 1) development of legal guarantees, 2) implementation of modern methods in culture and arts administration, 3) diversification of financing sources, 4) enhancement of information provision, 5) human resources development, 6) modernization of the material and technical bases, and 6) development of international cooperation.

The Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan thus aimed to propose a new functional management model for the field of culture. The Concept created a road map and an administrative reform plan, which later shaped and continues to shape the enabling environment for its implementation.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
institutional
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The Culture Concept of the Republic of Azerbaijan made an attempt to present a holistic and encompassing approach to culture and cultural policies, based on current priorities and past experiences in implementing culture, heritage and creativity-related policies. It formulated a number of key cultural policy principles in Azerbaijan, such as equality, democracy, humanism, integration, balance, quality, efficiency, as well as talent factor.

It dedicates a whole chapter (4) to the so-called “Development of the professional art”, which includes the development of professional theatre art, music art, as well as fine and decorative-applied arts.

Chapter 5 presents the vision of the development of cultural industries. It states that cultural industries, as an area of ​​activity that allows for production and realization of cultural products and services, is one of the key fields of cultural policies in Azerbaijan. One of the aims of cultural policies is to ensure the balance between culture industries and market of cultural products and services. The Chapter therefore states that the development of future oriented cultural industries, such areas as cinematography and publishing, drawing and based on historical traditions, is and will continue to be one of the promising directions of the state cultural policy.

The Concept is implemented through state programs on cultural activities, which are presented for the endorsement by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The implementation of the Concept implies the involvement of local authorities, cultural institutions and civil society organizations in this process along with the activities of state bodies in this area, as well as foreign and local investors. The Concept is implemented through state budget allocations, as well as via alternative financing mechanisms. The Concept is coordinated by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The full text of the Culture Concept is available in Azerbaijani at the following address: http://www.e-qanun.az/framework/27056

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Culture Concept was conceived to establish a wide and encompassing cultural policy framework, through which all the legal, institutional and financial efforts in the field of culture could be further channeled at local and national levels. Since its adoption in 2014, the Concept resulted in greater awareness of different stakeholders working in the field of culture of the integrity and multidimensional nature of culture, creativity and cultural industries, as well as enabled to bring the provisions of the 2005 Convention to the context of the Republic of Azerbaijan. It further put upfront the particular attention of the Government to a number of areas of cultural industries where further support was needed to enable their contribution to creative economy, such as film making and distribution as well as publishing.

It also reiterated again the difficulties the culture sector in Azerbaijan has been facing in the context of the occupation by Armenia of Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan, as a result of which creators, artists, cultural workers and communities still do not have access to cultural institutions, including 927 libraries, 807 cultural palaces, club and culture houses, 85 music and painting schools, 22 museums and museums’ branch offices, 4 art galleries, 13 monuments of international significance, 242 monuments of national significance, as well as 434 historical and cultural monuments of local significance. A large number of artists coming from refugee communities who had to leave their homes because of the Armenian occupation now continue to associate and reflect in their creative works their homeland. The Culture Concept in that sense provided political recognition of the specific needs of the artists and creators coming from among refugees, while ensuring policy priority to this specific group of creators.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture and Tourism
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

36 000 USD per year

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
Yes
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES

Tax exemptions for a category of cultural workers in Azerbaijan

Context of the measure: 
CULTURAL POLICIES AND MEASURES
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The measure, introduced in 2001, aims to stimulate artistic production by exempting artists from income and property taxes. This resulted in number of intra-governmental consultations, with participation of the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Taxes, together with the Parlimanent of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

According to Tax Code, exemptions and privileges are defined for income tax of physical persons (article 102), profit tax of legal persons (article 106), property tax (article 199) and tax on land (article 207). Article 102.1.12 of the code  foresees that income of physical persons from craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery and production of house appliances from wood shall not be subject to income tax. Similarly, Article 199.2. of the same code establishes that buildings of art workshops or parts of buildings where such workshops are located that belong to natural persons involved in entrepreneurial activity without establishing the legal entity on craft production of copper, tin and pottery products, house appliances, gardening instruments, national music instruments, toys, souvenirs, house appliances made of reeds and cane, involved in embroidery and production of house appliances from wood shall not be subject to property tax. 

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The current measures has already brought a number of positive results, which is testified by increase of artists making use of the tax exemptions between 2001 and 2017, as well as more interest from young artists to get involved in production and cultural industries. The measure enabled its main beneficiaries and creators to sustain their living through artistic production, which was particularly important for young creators, and created an enabling environment for diversification of creative products. 

It is also important to note that the demand for artistic products has increased in the meantime, with the greater development of incoming tourism in parallel, especailly since 2014 with more tourists coming from Arab countries, but also Asia and Europe. Combined with increased opportunities the crafts market started to offer locally, this measure proved to be crucial in satisfying the demand for cultural goods and services and resulted in income increase for local and national economy.

The local departments of Ministry of Taxes and Ministry of Culture have played huge role in the implementation of the measure by raising awareness of local artists and providing regular monitorying of its efficiency. The measure proved to be most efficient in the regions and cities with large concentration of craftsmen and artists falling under the beneficiary category of the measure, such as Baku, Ganja, Sheki, Lahij and Ismayilli.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Taxes
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

25 000 AZN, coming from the state budget. The measure did not involve huges costs, since the decisions was purely regulatory.

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
No
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION

Establishment of Cultural Centres of Azerbaijan abroad

Context of the measure: 
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL COOPERATION
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The Cultural Centres of Azerbaijan have been legally established in 2010 by the relevant decrees of the President and following months of joint work between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overall objective of such centres is to support bilateral and multilateral foreign cultural policy of Azerbaijan, as well as to promote the culture and language of Azerbaijan in hosting countries and create the atmosphere of mutual understanding and cooperation among the peoples of Azerbaijan and the hosting states. Such centres have been created so far within the embassies of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tashkent (Uzbekistan), Paris (France) and Vienna (Austria).

The specific objectives of the Azerbaijani Cultural Centres are the following: 1) to raise awareness of the general public of the hosting state about the internal and external policy, culture, history, social, economic development, scientific and technical and tourism potential of the Republic of Azerbaijan; 2) to provide access to books, newspapers, magazines and multimedia, as well as cultural, scientific and technical documents of Azerbaijan to the general public of the hosting country; 3) to initiative and reinforce teaching and promotion of the Azerbaijani language in the hosting state; 4) to participate in establishing and maintaining contacts with the citizens of the Republic of Azerbaijan studying in the hosting state, as well as with students and graduates of the hosting state studying in the Republic of Azerbaijan; and finally 5) to establish relationships with the Azerbaijanis living in the hosting state and strengthen, within the limits of its authority, the development of bilateral cooperation.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
International
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
legislative
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

The centres perform the following functions within their competencies: 1) holding conferences, colloquiums, meetings, performances, concerts, presentations, exhibitions and other events on domestic and foreign policy, culture, history, social, economic development, scientific and technical and tourism potential of Azerbaijan; 2) promoting the establishment and development of relations and co-operation between Azerbaijan and the institutions of the hosting state working in the field of culture and tourism, science, education, as well as non-governmental organizations (public associations and foundations); 3) participation in the development and implementation of cooperation programs in the field of culture, science, education, tourism, information and  communication; 4) carrying out exchange of information and promotional materials in the fields of culture, science, education and tourism; 5) organizing presentation and promotion of films and audiovisual documents; 6) creating conditions for establishment of clubs and associations of citizens of Azerbaijan studying in the hosting state, as well as clubs and associations of students and graduates of the hosting state studying in Azerbaijan; 7) creating conditions for teaching of the Azerbaijani language at higher educational institutions of the hosting state, as well as in the Cultural Centres themselves; and 8) promoting the establishment and development of friendly and fraternal relations between the cities and regions of Azerbaijan and the hosting country.

According to the established guidelines the centres have the rights to initiative and develop cultural cooperation, through: 1) establishing and maintaining relations with the official or non-formal cultural and tourist organizations of the hosting state and media; 2) establishing and collaborating with the cultural centers of the third countries; 3) holding conferences, colloquiums, meetings, performances, concerts, presentations, exhibitions on Azerbaijan's culture, history, social, economic development, scientific and technical and tourism potential.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
Yes
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

Though the implementation of the measure is unbalanced due different contexts of functioning of cultural centres, it has already proved to be a valuable source of promoting the knowledge about culture and creativity of Azerbaijan. If the number of tourism arrivals from the countries hosting the cultural centres tripled since 2010 and totaled 27500 arrivals from France, Uzbekistan and Austria in 2016.

The measure is further expected to continue developing the implementation of cooperation programs in the field of culture, science, education, tourism, information and communication, as well as carry out exchange of information and promotional materials in these fields. The Cultural centres now host and lead language courses offering Azerbaijani language teaching to local audience, both diaspora and foreigners.

Apart from the results achieved so far, the Cultural centres are expected to further contribute to exchanges among Azerbaijani and host countries’ artists, policy-makers and cultural workers that can potentially enhance and reinforce intercultural links, investments in field of culture, further boost tourism and promote respect for cultural diversity.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

350 000 USD per year

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
No
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No
❭ YOUTH

State Program on development of children's music, art and painting schools in the Republic of Azerbaijan 2014-2018

Context of the measure: 
YOUTH
b. Key objectives of the measure: 

The State Program aims to take stock of the past developments in the field of arts educations in Azerbaijan and implement measures, activities and actions that would aim to fulfil the specific current needs of music, art and painting schools in the country by building capacities and enhancing schools infrastructure to support young talents and develop opportunities of interested young people to engage in creativity.

c. What is: 
c.1. the scope of the measure: 
National
c.2. the nature of the measure: 
regulatory
financial
c.3. the main feature of the measure: 

Being institutionally framed under the Ministry of Culture, the public children's music, art and painting schools in Azerbaijan operate with 5-7 years system. At present, 237 children's music, arts and painting schools function in the country. Of these institutions, 70 are located in rural areas. Currently, more than 80,000 students attend these educational institutions and over 16,000 music, arts and painting teachers are engaged in their education.

At the same time, taking into account the growing demand of young people willing to engage into creativity in recent years, several children's music schools with great pedagogical experience and relevant facilities and technical base have been transformed into eleven-year education institutions. Nowadays, 16 music and art schools (15 schools in Baku, 1 school in Mingachevir) operate based on 11-year education system.

The State Program is composed of a number of components, which include improvement of material-technical basis for the functioning of the children's schools, renovation of schools premises and buildings, identification and fulfillment of pedagogical needs of the schools, in terms of adequate availability of teachers and teaching materials, including specific equipment, such as musical instruments and relevant equipment and facilities.

d. Does it specifically target individuals and/or social groups as defined in Article 7 of the Convention?: 
No
e. What are the results expected through the implementation of the measure?: 

The Program has already proved its efficiency. In 2015-2017, during the implementation of the Program, more young people studying in the schools under this Program have managed to take first places in various national and international competitions and festivals. Artistic products from Azerbaijan created by young artists have become an integral part of arts world. Children’s schools are now well equipped to boosts children's interest in music, art, painting and support their talent. As results of Program, several schools have been completely renovated, including eleven children's music school No. 26 named after M.Magomayev. A new building was constructed for the Children's Music School No. 9 named after Garyagdioglu and the schools is now completely operational. At present, major repairs and reconstruction works are being carried out in some children's music and art schools, construction of new school buildings is underway.  The musical schools have received more than 60 musical instruments. Every new academic year the schools are provided with musical instruments, solid equipment, books, song books, as well as other types of equipment. A monitoring activity has been foreseen at the end of the program to analyze its efficiency in terms achieved results in 2019.

f.1 Name of agency responsible for the implementation of the measure: 
Ministry of Culture
f.2 Financial resources allocated to implement the measure: 

75 500 USD

g. Name of NGOs and/or private companies engaged in the implementation of the measure, if any: 
Type of Involvement: 

75 500 USD

h. Was this measure introduced or revised in order to: 
h.1. Implement the provisions of the Convention?: 
Yes
h.2. Support/nurture policy discussion inspired by the Convention?: 
Yes
h.3. Other reasons unrelated to the Convention?: 
No
i. Has the implementation of the measure been evaluated?: 
No