The Melpomena national programme is funded annually by the State budget for active labour market policy under the National Employment Action Plan. The programme's main objective is to increase employment by creating new jobs to support theatres operating in Bulgaria. Employment shall be provided for unemployed persons with specific experience, professional qualifications, knowledge and skills in the field of theatre arts, registered at Labour Offices.
Individuals are employed full-time or part-time to perform activities for theatre arts jobs, and their salaries and social securities owed by the employer are subsidised for a period of up to 12 months. The implementing institution is the Bulgarian National Employment Agency and the partners for this programme are the Ministry of Culture and the Union of Bulgarian Actors.
In 2016, the programme employed an average of 164 persons per month, 185 persons in 2017, 177 persons in 2018, 193 persons in 2019. In 2020, funds were provided for the employment of 230 people and for supporting 35 state and municipal theatres, 3 theatrical and musical production centres with the status of state cultural institutes, the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts "Krastyo Sarafov", and the Union of Bulgarian Actors.
Funding is provided by the State budget.
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Ministry of Culture, Union of Bulgarian Actors