Taipei grants NT$37 mil. in first cultural subsidies
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei approved 388 applications for culture and art subsidies, handing out NT$36.86 million in the first of a two-phase program for 2013, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) said yesterday.
January 16, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
The first-term subsidy scheme for 2013 received 658 proposals, 61 percent of which were approved, a DCA official said. The city government employs a two-phase art and culture subsidy scheme every year, the official added. The Taipei City Government is accepting applications for the second phase until April 30, said the DCA.
The subsidized projects are categorized as art and culture, community culture, disadvantaged groups or the minorities, the department said. According to the city government's analysis, among the 658 submissions, the most were musical proposals (156), followed by art (79), minority projects (73) and modern drama (66).
The number of first-term applications increased to over 90 cases compared to last year, said the DCA, and the increasing number of proposals mainly concern artistic, cultural, disadvantaged and minority themes. The DCA said this suggests the art and culture subsidy scheme has become stable.
In order to pass on the legacy of traditional arts, the city government established a traditional arts category that includes traditional music, opera and calligraphy. The number of such proposals has also seen an increase, said an official.
In line with the city government's policies of promoting gender equality, many gender-related proposals were approved, said the DCA.