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Arts Departments

Address and general information

The "Division Arts and Culture" promotes contemporary art in Austria as well as Austrian artists abroad. It is responsible for federal funding programmes for all segments of contemporary art including the performing and fine arts, music and literature, film, new media, photography, architecture and design as well as regional cultural initiatives.

The various departments provide relevant information on the Ministry’s current subsidy schemes for arts. Also featured is a time schedule for the submission and funding of individual programmes.

If you have further questions please feel free to contact the staff at the departments of the Arts.

Division IV: Arts and Culture
Concordiaplatz 2
1010 Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 71 606-0
Email: iv@bmkoes.gv.at

Department 1: Medals and awards, event management, special projects, digitization

The scope of responsibilities of the department comprises matters pertaining to medals and awards in the arts sector, the organisation of special projects, event management for the Arts and Culture Division, management of artist-in-residence and bilateral artist exchange programmes.

Department 1 is also responsible for culture topics.


Department 2: Music and performing arts, art schools, general art matters

Music, performing arts and art schools; general art matters; grants for concert organisers, festivals and seasonal events, theatres and independent groups; grants for ensembles and individuals (music, theatre, dance); artists’ aid; music and theatre contributions; investment grants; publications for music and performing arts including grants for music publishers.

Department 3: Film

Innovative Film, grants for young filmmakers, documentary, animation and experimental films, Filmothek; matters concerning the Austrian Film Institute; representation of Austria in international film bodies (e.g. Creative Europa/EU, EURIMAGES); film agreements and participation in film-industry agreements; audiovisual matters in the context of WTO and GATS; film heritage.

Publications Innovative Film Austria (in German)

Department 5: Literature and publishing, Libraries

Measures in support of literature, including children’s and youth literature; associations and events; literary and cultural magazines; literature scholarships; grants to publishers and grants to small publishers; translation grants; institutions pertaining to children’s and youth literature; drafting of the Federal Art Report.

Department 5 is also responsible for funding for libraries and public libraries division.

Department 6: Visual arts, architecture, design, fashion, photography, video and media arts

Visual arts; architecture and design; fashion; photography; video and media arts; grants for associations, institutions, galleries and artists; artists’ aid; Artothek, artwork acquisitions; studio programmes; federal exhibitions.

Department 7: Cultural initiatives, museum, folks culture

Support of cultural development; grants for regional cultural initiatives and centres; interdisciplinary art and culture projects; children’s and youth literature; socio-cultural projects; applied cultural research and evaluation; measures in the field of cultural management.

Department 7 is also responsible for folks culture and museum.