Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
The Ministry of Culture and Information issues annual calls for co-financing projects related to the mobility of artists and cultural and art professionals. As stated in the call’s text, the goal of this cultural policy measure is systemic support for the promotion of international cultural cooperation and Serbia’s culture and art abroad; for exchange and networking through the participation of artists and professionals from Serbia in international events, seminars, workshops, conferences, etc., as well as through study and residency programs, and the similar, which are related to all fields of culture and the arts. The call is intended for bilateral and multilateral cultural cooperation, i.e. for participation in festivals, seminars, workshops, reviews, gatherings, conferences, study and residency stays, and so on. The call does not cover accommodation and subsistence costs, scholarships at schools and higher education institutions, diplomatic and consular representatives invitations , or projects related to the media, film, and other audiovisual industries. Priority is given to individuals who are recipients of recognitions and/or awards in the fields of culture and the arts, members of international bodies and professional networks, art associations, and participants in prominent international cultural events. The professional commission formed by the Ministry of Culture and Information decides on the selection of projects for co-financing within the issued call. The projects are evaluated in accordance with the Regulation on the Criteria, Standards, and Selection of Projects in Culture Financed and Co-Financed from the Budget of the Republic of Serbia, or Autonomous Province and Local Self-Government Units (Official Gazette of RS, issue 105/2016).
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
A large number of approved projects testifies to a positive trend in the area covered by the call. In the period 2017-2020, a total of 781 applications were submitted for the mobility of artists and professionals in the field of culture and art, and 457 were supported for co-financing, resulting in the pass rate of 58.5%.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD:
For the period 2017-2020, a total of approximately 250,739 USD (26,014,200 RSD) was allocated for the mobility of artists and cultural and art professionals, as follows: in 2017, approximately 65,764 USD (7,036,800 RSD); in 2018 approximately 79,404 USD (7,940,400 RSD); in 2019 approximately 82,257 USD (8,637,000 RSD) and in 2020 approximately 23,301 USD (2,400,000 RSD).
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?:
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?:
Following the issue of the public call for co-financing projects related to the mobility of artists and cultural and art professionals, the professional commission formed by the Ministry of Culture and Information evaluates and ranks the projects, and decides on the allocation of funds. The commission’s report is the basis for an annual evaluation of the given policy/measure and the assessment of the call’s success. Finally, conclusions are drawn as to whether its implementation should be continued. In the period 2017-2020, there was a lot of interest in the call, a significant amount of funds was allocated for project activities, and the pass rate was high. Projects supported within the call included co-financing artists’ mobility in a large number of countries. The majority of the applicants were associations of music artists, painters, performing artists, as well as cultural and art societies, and cultural institutions.